The Malik Report
by George Malik on 01/17/13 at 01:18 PM ET
As an FYI, from the Detroit Red Wings' PR department:
Wings ramp up efforts to 'thank' fans; Giveaways and prizes await fans at Joe Louis Arena this season
DETROIT – The Red Wings are back! And as a way to say ‘Thanks for Sticking with Us’ the Original Six franchise plans to celebrate the extraordinary passion and support of their loyal fans.
At the opener on Tuesday, January 22, fans at The Joe, along with fans who follow the club via traditional and online media, will have a chance to win prizes including a trip to a Red Wings’ road game, autographed Wings merchandise, televisions, tablets courtesy of AT&T, $200 gift cards from Kroger, and much more.
On opening night, fans will be treated with 50 percent discounts on sodas and draft beers, and 30 percent off Red Wings merchandise for three games in January.
Other ‘thank you’ initiatives planned include the free kids prize wheel, featuring a wide variety of Red Wings items for children and a wide-range of media and partner ticket promotions, including ‘Unlock The Joe’ where two lucky fans will have the opportunity to open The Joe for the start of the regular-season.
All 24 home games will be either promotional or giveaway nights for fans, and special ticket offers to students and families will be available again this season. Local students can receive discounts through “Student Rush”, the last-minute ticket offers for students, who can text “rush” to 21732. Families will also like the Coke Zero Family Packs, where, for $54, fans can get two tickets, two hot dogs and two sodas to select home games. And for those Internet and social media savvy fans, the Wings and Ticketmaster will offer free ticket forwarding and print-at-home, and the Wings’ ‘Social Saturday’ specials will be available all season long.
Also, beginning this afternoon, the Wings and Ticketmaster will provide a 35-hour window where fans can purchase any regular-season ticket without the usually associated fees. From 1 p.m. today through 12 a.m. Saturday, tickets purchased at DetroitRedWings.com/tickets, Ticketmaster.com, the JLA box office or by calling 313-396-7575, will be fee-free.
Fans can also purchase the wildly-popular $9 seats (maximum of four tickets to a maximum of four games), which go on sale this Saturday at 12 p.m. at the JLA box office only. The $9 tickets are available for all 24 regular-season home games, while quantities last.
The Wings’ players and coaches, who have been busy preparing for the start of the season, welcomed fans to free open practices at Plymouth’s Compuware Arena and JLA this week.
More than 4,000 exuberant fans jammed the 3,505-seat Compuware Arena to cheer on the Red Wings at their scrimmage this week.
Even while Red Wings’ hockey was silenced, the organization remained quite active in the community. Since September, JLA has hosted a dozen open-skating parties and the team’s marketing department has conducted more than 100 free school assembly visits to local grade schools, where they’ve helped educators and parents reinforce the importance of healthy lifestyles.
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