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Below is the slate of promotions and theme nights for the 2023-24 Thunderbirds season, presented by MGM Springfield. The T-Birds will host 36 home games from October to April inside the MassMutual Center.

*All promotional schedule dates are subject to change.*

Saturday, Feb. 10 vs. HER, 7:05 p.m. - Ice-O-Topes Night

Springfield Ice-O-Topes Night presented by Balise / Specialty Jerseys & Postgame Auction

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For the fourth time running, get ready to witness the Thunderbirds transform into Springfield's adored cartoon family, all as part of Ice-O-Topes Night, presented by Balise, scheduled for Feb. 10. The reigning Calder Cup champions, the Hershey Bears, will play rival to the ‘Topes in this year’s installment. Be on the lookout for the reveal of the specially designed jerseys that pay tribute to this iconic animated crew. 

Friday, Feb. 23 vs. HFD, 7:05 p.m. - Deuces Wild Friday

MGM Springfield Deuces Wild Friday ($2 Coors Light drafts, $2 hot dogs, $2 sodas from 6:00 p.m. through end of first period) / Pregame Concert

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Saturday, Feb. 24 vs. PRO, 7:05 p.m. - Military Appreciation Night

Military Appreciation Night presented by King Gray Coach Lines / Honoring active-duty and veteran military / Specialty Jerseys & Postgame Auction

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Continuing a proud tradition, the Thunderbirds are gearing up for the third consecutive season of wearing a special military-inspired jersey. This jersey will honor both active and veteran members of our Armed Forces, recognizing their remarkable dedication and sacrifice. After the game, fans will have the chance to participate in a postgame auction for these unique jerseys, with a portion of the proceeds going towards local military-based charities.

Saturday, March 2 vs. LAV, 7:05 p.m. - Pregame Pickleball Tournament

Pregame Pickleball Tournament - Stay tuned for more details!

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T-Birds Cross-Body Belt Bag giveaway 

Pregame Pickleball Palooza

Calling all dinkers - the pickleball craze sweeping the globe is now taking over the MassMutual Center Exhibition Hall on March 2! More information on the first-ever Thunderbirds Pickleball Palooza will be released at a later date, but safe to say, pickleball will be taking over the MassMutual Center. 

Sunday, March 3 vs. BRI, 3:05 p.m. - Sensory Friendly Sunday

Sensory Friendly Sunday presented by CHD / Decreased sound & light for those with sensitivities

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Get ready for an event that embraces inclusivity – the 4th annual Sensory Friendly Sunday, thoughtfully presented by CHD. This special day is designed to make the game experience more comfortable for fans with sensory sensitivities. The game presentation will be adjusted with no strobing lights and lower volume levels. The T-Birds, with the support of Springfield College’s Occupational Therapy students, will also set up "cool down" stations outside the seating area, providing a quiet space for those who need it.

Friday, March 8 vs. BRI, 7:05 p.m. - Deuces Wild Friday

MGM Springfield Deuces Wild Friday ($2 Coors Light drafts, $2 hot dogs, $2 sodas from 6:00 p.m. through end of first period) / Pregame Concert

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Saturday, March 9 vs. TOR, 7:05 p.m. - Pink in the Rink

Pink in the Rink presented by Baystate Health to benefit Rays of Hope Foundation / Specialty Jerseys & Postgame Auction

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Get ready for the heartwarming return of Pink in the Rink, now in its seventh year, presented in partnership with Baystate Health and Rays of Hope. This touching event continues to bring awareness to breast cancer and unite the community in support.

 

Before the game, a special pregame celebration will spotlight local breast cancer survivors, highlighting their courage and strength. The Thunderbirds will wear specialty jerseys, symbolizing their dedication to the cause. The proceeds from the jersey auctions will be donated to the Rays of Hope, in collaboration with the Baystate Health Foundation, ensuring that the support stays within Western Massachusetts. Join us in this meaningful initiative that showcases solidarity and compassion in our community.

Friday, March 22 vs. CLT, 7:05 p.m. - Deuces Wild Friday

MGM Springfield Deuces Wild Friday ($2 Coors Light drafts, $2 hot dogs, $2 sodas from 6:00 p.m. through end of first period) / Pregame Concert

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Saturday, March 23 vs. SYR, 7:05 p.m. - Napoleon Dynamite Night

Napoleon Dynamite Night ft. appearances by Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico)

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Join us as the T-Birds celebrate the 20th anniversary of the hilarious comedy cult classic, Napoleon Dynamite, as we proudly present Vote for Boomer Night! Join us for an evening filled with nostalgia and laughter, 1% milk, big sleeves, and boondoggle keychains. Fans will have the exciting opportunity to meet the legendary Jon Gries and Efren Ramirez, the talented actors behind “Uncle Rico” and “Pedro.”

Come "Vote for Boomer” and don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind evening. Stay tuned, because VIP packages brimming with exclusive perks will be unveiled in the coming months. This is your chance to be part of the Napoleon Dynamite magic – an event that promises to be as memorable as tots and tetherball.

Saturday, April 13 vs. CLT, 7:05 p.m. - 413 Night

Hockey Is For Everyone In The 413 Night - A Celebration of Springfield

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On 4/13, join the Thunderbirds to celebrate all things Western Mass as we host a pregame event to put the spotlight on all that is great about our region of the state! The team will also be wearing our city-inspired Third Jerseys, along with select other nights throughout the season.

The Thunderdome is a place to support diversity, equality, and inclusion in the sport of hockey. All hockey programs should provide a safe and inclusive environment regardless of gender, race, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. 

Sunday, April 14 vs. PRO, 3:05 p.m. - Sunday Funday / Boomer's Birthday Bash

Sunday Funday / Boomer's Birthday Bash ft. Mascot Appearances / Paint the Ice Postgame

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Saturday, April 20 vs. HFD, 7:05 p.m. - Fan Appreciation

Fan Appreciation Weekend presented by MGM Springfield / Pregame Block Party presented by Community Bank N.A.

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The Thunderbirds celebrate the last regular season home game with the I-91 Rivalry inside the Thunderdome. Fans will be treated to a pregame Block Party at MGM Springfield from 4:00 - 6:00 PM presented by Community Bank N.A. with the support of the Springfield Business Improvement District (BID). The outdoor bash will feature live music, food, and drink. During the game, enter the jersey off your back raffle and win a jersey from your favorite T-Birds player!