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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday released their 2015-16 promotional schedule, featuring a series of special giveaways honoring the team’s 20th anniversary season and the return of many popular season-long promotions.

The Griffins’ home schedule begins on Friday, Oct. 16, when the team hosts the San Antonio Rampage on Opening Night presented by Huntington Bank, which will include a magnet schedule giveaway and a post-game 2014-15 Wednesday jersey auction.

Single-game tickets for all 38 regular season home games at Van Andel Arena will go on sale to the general public tomorrow at 10 a.m. Advance ticket prices are $16, $18, $19 and $21 in the arena’s upper level, and $20, $24, $29 and $35 in the lower level. (Additional $3 per ticket on day of game.)
Griffins tickets can always be purchased in advance of game night through the following methods (all purchases subject to a convenience charge):

•    In person at The Zone at Van Andel Arena;

•    In person at Star Tickets outlets;

•    Online through griffinshockey.com/buytickets;

•    On the Griffins app, available for iPhone and Android;

•    By phone through Star Tickets at 1-800-585-3737.

On game night, tickets may be purchased without a convenience charge at the Van Andel Arena box office, beginning 90 minutes before game time. Fans who attend multiple games can avoid charges and receive a discount from the single-game price by purchasing a 10- or 20-game select-season package. These plans, along with full-season, FLEX ticket vouchers and group ticket packages, may be ordered through the Griffins’ office at (616) 774-4585.

This season’s premium giveaway schedule will present many opportunities to receive exclusive 20th Anniversary memorabilia, including a poster (Nov. 28), 2016 calendar (Dec. 5), blanket (Jan. 9) and pennant (Feb. 28).

Additional giveaways include a magnet schedule (Oct. 16), Anthony Mantha blockhead figurine (Dec. 19, kids 12 and under), Griffins youth jersey (Jan. 23, kids 12 and under), Teemu Pulkkinen bobblehead (Feb. 6), Griffins baseball cap (Feb. 20), Tom McCollum bobblehead (Feb. 27) and team socks (March 26).

Key promotional dates include the Red Kettle Game (Nov. 20), Teddy Bear Toss (Nov. 28), ‘90s Night (Dec. 4), LEGO Night (Dec. 19), the 19th Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration (Dec. 31), Bring Your Dog to the Game (Jan. 17), the 15th Annual Matinee Game (Jan. 27), ‘80s Night (Jan. 29), the fifth annual Purple Community Game (Feb. 19), Social Media Night (Feb. 27), Brain Injury Awareness Game (March 2), Star Wars Night (March 12) and Superhero Night (March 26).

The popular Friday night beer and hot dog promotion returns in conjunction with College Night presented by Michigan First Credit Union for all 14 Friday home games this season, featuring $2 hot dogs and $2 domestic drafts from 6-8 p.m., while supplies last. Free Ride Friday allows fans to enjoy complimentary fare on the Rapid by showing their ticket to that night’s game. Visit ridetherapid.org for schedule information, routes and maps.

Several other recurring promotions will be featured throughout the Griffins’ schedule, including eight Winning Wednesdays, seven post-game open skates, six Huntington Bank post-game autograph sessions with select Griffins players and seven post-game jersey auctions, including 2014-15Wednesday jerseys (Oct. 16), Red Kettle jerseys (Nov. 20), Griffins skyline jerseys (Dec. 19), two different styles of fan-designed jerseys (Jan. 23 and March 26), Van Andel Institute purple jerseys (Feb. 19) and the team’s 20th Anniversary jerseys (April 16).

All promotions and dates are subject to change. For more information, visit griffinshockey.com or call (800) 2-HOCKEY.

2015-16 PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE

Oct. 16: Opening Night presented by Huntington Bank
•    $2 Beers and $2 Hot Dogs
•    Magnet schedule giveaway
•    Post-game open skate
•    2014-15 Wednesday jersey auction

Oct. 21: Budweiser Clydesdales Pre-Game Appearance presented by West Side Distributing
•    Winning Wednesday
•    Clydesdales will appear outside of Van Andel Arena

Nov. 20: Red Kettle Game presented by The Salvation Army
•    $2 Beers and $2 Hot Dogs
•    Help raise awareness of The Salvation Army's mission to provide programs and services to our West Michigan neighbors during the holidays and throughout the year
•    Red Kettle jersey auction

Nov. 28: Teddy Bear Toss presented by J&H Family Stores
•    Post-game poster giveaway presented by Eikenhout Inc.
•    Friends and Family 4-Pack game
•    Post-game open skate
•    Pepsi Reading Goals Redemption Date

Dec. 4: ‘90s Night
•    $2 Beers and $2 Hot Dogs

Dec. 5: 2016 Calendar Giveaway presented by Fox Motors
•    Friends and Family 4-Pack game
•    Huntington Bank post-game autograph session

Dec. 19: Lego Night/Anthony Mantha Blockhead Giveaway (kids 12 and under) presented by Flagstar Bank
•    Friends and Family 4-Pack game
•    Griffins skyline jersey auction

Dec. 31: 19th Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration presented by Farm Bureau Insurance
•    Post-game indoor fireworks show
•    Post-game open skate

Jan. 9: 20th Anniversary Blanket Giveaway presented by DTE Energy
•    Friends and Family 4-Pack game
•    Huntington Bank post-game autograph session
•    Post-game open skate

Jan. 17: Bring Your Dog to the Game presented by Nestlé Purina
•    Bring your dog to the game (additional $5)
•    $1 Pepsi drinks and $1 ice cream from 3-5 p.m.
•    Pepsi Reading Goals Redemption Date

Jan. 23: Griffins Youth Jersey Giveaway (kids 12 and under) presented by Comerica Bank
•    Great Skate Winterfest at Rose Parks Circle
•    Friends and Family 4-Pack game
•    Fan-designed jersey auction #1

Jan. 27: 15th Annual Matinee Game presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
•    11 a.m. start
•    Interactive and educational displays throughout the concourse for elementary and high school students

Jan. 29: ‘80s Night
•    $2 Beers and $2 Hot Dogs

Feb. 6: Teemu Pulkkinen Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Lake Michigan Credit Union

•    Friends and Family 4-Pack game
•    Huntington Bank post-game autograph session

Feb. 19: Fifth Annual Purple Community Game presented by Van Andel Institute
•    $2 Beers and $2 Hot Dogs
•    Van Andel Institute purple jersey auction (post-game)

Feb. 20: Baseball Cap Giveaway presented by Option 1 Credit Union
•    Friends and Family 4-Pack game
•    Huntington Bank post-game autograph session

Feb. 27: Tom McCollum Bobblehead Giveaway/Social Media Night presented Michigan Office Solutions
•    Friends and Family 4-Pack game
•    Post-game open skate

Feb. 28: Pennant Giveaway presented by Centennial Securities
•    $1 Pepsi drinks and $1 ice cream from 3-5 p.m.

March 2: Brain Injury Awareness Game presented by Brain Injury Association of Michigan
•    Winning Wednesday
•    Pepsi Reading Goals Redemption Date

March 12: Star Wars Night presented by DTE Energy
•    Friends and Family 4-Pack game
•    Post-game open skate

March 26: Team Sock Giveaway/Superhero Night presented by Eikenhout Inc.
•    Friends and Family 4-Pack game
•    Huntington Bank post-game autograph session
•    Fan-designed jersey auction #2

Apr. 16: Season Finale presented by Huntington Bank
•    Friends and Family 4-Pack game
•    Post-game open skate
•    20th Anniversary jersey auction

SEASON-LONG PROMOTIONS

$2 Beers and $2 Hot Dogs: Every Friday, enjoy $2 domestic drafts and $2 hot dogs from 6-8 p.m., while supplies last.

Get in the D-ZONE: Every Friday night is a Griffins D-Zone night. Avoid the concession lines and get your $2 beers and $2 hot dogs served to you in your seats. Call (616) 774-4585 ext. 2 or visitgriffinshockey.com/dzone today! Fans can purchase a package of four or more D-ZONE tickets for any Friday night game, or customize their own ticket package with the D-Zone seven-game pack or purchase the 14-pack, which includes all Friday games this season.

Military Nights: Every home game, current members of our military can purchase up to four Upper Level tickets for $14 each or four Lower Level Faceoff tickets for $18 each with a valid military ID. The offer also extends to veterans who present a VA ID or discharge papers.

College Nights: Presented by Michigan First Credit Union, college students can show their ID at every Friday game to purchase an Upper Level ticket for $14 (or $13 in advance at The Zone). Limit one ticket per ID.

Free Ride Friday on The Rapid
: Ride the Rapid to and from any Friday game and enjoy a complimentary fare by showing your ticket to that night’s game. Visit ridetherapid.org for schedule information, routes and maps.

Wednesday is Hockey Night: For select Wednesday home games, show your Griffins ticket at participating Arena District restaurants and bars to enjoy Happy Hour specials before the game and Hockey Night specials afterward. Wednesday is Hockey Night specials are available on the following dates: Nov. 18Dec. 9Feb. 17March 2 and April 13. A full list of participating establishments will be made available next month.

Winning Wednesdays: Every time the Griffins win at home on Wednesday, each fan in attendance will receive a free ticket to the next Wednesday game.

J. Gardella’s Burger and Beer Special: Take your used Griffins ticket to J. Gardella’s Tavern to enjoy a burger and beer for $6. Refer to the back of your ticket for details.

Library Nights: For every Sunday and Wednesday game, fans can present their Grand Rapids Public Library card or Kent District Library card at the Van Andel Arena box office on the night of the game or at The Zone anytime during the store’s regular business hours to purchase either an Upper Level ticket for $14 (regularly $16 advance and $19 day of game) or a Lower Level Faceoff ticket for $18 (regularly $20 advance and $23 day of game). Limit four tickets per card per person, subject to availability.

Friends & Family 4-Packs: Available for all Saturday games, each pack incudes four tickets and $12 in concession cash for a great low price. Visit griffinshockey.com/f4p or call (616) 774-4585 ext. 2. New this season, fans may use their concession cash to purchase healthy choice menu options at the stand located outside of section 125, including portable low-fat yogurt, apples, oranges, granola bars and smoothies.

Popcorn Packs: Enjoy all of the popcorn you can eat with this special offer that includes four or more upper or lower level tickets and a Griffins popcorn bucket good for unlimited popcorn refills throughout the game. Popcorn packs are only available by calling 616-774-4585 ext. 2 or atgriffinshockey.com/popcorn.

Pepsi Reading Goals: Children with Griff’s Reading Goals bookmarks who have completed the required three hours of reading can redeem their bookmark for two free Upper Level tickets to any of the following games: Bookmark #1 – Nov. 25 and 28; Dec. 9; and Jan. 17; Bookmark #2 – Feb. 17 and 28; March 2; and April 13.

Post-Game Open SkatesOct. 16Nov. 28Dec. 31Jan. 9Feb. 27March 12; and April 16.

Huntington Bank Post-Game Autograph Sessions: Oct. 17; Dec. 5; Jan. 9; Feb. 6 and 20; and March 26.

MOS Corner Office: Presented by Michigan Office Solutions, this section, located on the terrace level above section 118, provides the best seats in the house for groups of up to 30 people, with La-Z-Boy chairs and an array of unprecedented amenities. Call (616) 774-4585 ext. 4.

Fox Motors Fast Lane: An owner of a Fox Motors vehicle has the ability to bypass normal ticket lines on game nights by showing their keychain at the designated "Fox Motors Fast Lane" ticket window, located at Van Andel Arena’s main box office. Once presented, the keychain owner may purchase their tickets, subject to availability, at the window and proceed into the game.

Bagel on the Board: Whenever the Griffins "put a bagel on the board" – i.e. shut out their opponent – you have one week to take your ticket to any Bagel Beanery location to receive one free bagel and a gourmet coffee.

All promotions and dates subject to change. For more information, visit griffinshockey.com.