7 Reasons To Get To This Saturdayâ€™s Game vs Braehead Clan
This Saturday, face-off 7pm, the Stena Line Belfast Giants return to home ice for their final home exhibition game against Elite League rivals, the Braehead Clan. Saturday’s clash is the first of back-to-back games this weekend with both sides travelling to Glasgow on Sunday, face-off 6pm.
Here are 7 reasons why you should make it to the Giants this Saturday:
1. Fail To Prepare, Prepare To Fail
This weekend sees the final preparations for the 2016/17 Elite League season, which begins for the Giants on Saturday 3rd September with a Challenge Cup clash away against the Fife Flyers. Final preparations means that the Giants will be taking things up a level thanks to an extra week’s worth of practices in Belfast allowing Coach Walser and his team to get to work on, amongst other items, special teams.
Both sets of players will also be out to impress, knowing that a good showing in these exhibition games this weekend could lead to a more favoured role in the team or increased ice time this season.
2. The Life Of Riley
Saturday night at The SSE Arena will give Giants fans the first opportunity to check outÂ new signing Blair Riley as he makes his debut for the organisation. Riley, a 6’0″ Power Forward, signed this past off-season andÂ will add size &Â firepower to the Giants offensive line up. The 30 year old has spent time in the AHL in each of the past seven seasons, playing over 330 games and was an Assistant Captain with Stockton, St.Johnâ€™s as well as Bridgeport.
When Blair signed, he said this in his interview with AVFTB:
â€œI am a bigger, physical forward and I like to play a well rounded game. I was more of a scorer when I played NCAA and when I transitioned to the pro game, I was more of a â€˜bottom 6â€™ forward and was expected to play more of a physical brand of hockey, which is something that I will never shy away from. I am looking forward to playing in front of the Belfast fans and I know we are looking forward to putting a good product on the ice for them.â€
Roll on Saturday for Blair’s debut!
— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) August 23, 2016
3. It’s Holiday Weekend!
That’s right, from the moment you finish work on Friday 26th August there are two main things to get excited about – your extra day off on Monday 29th August and Hockey Night in Belfast on Saturday! The August Summer Bank Holiday that falls on the last Monday of August is almost here, right before Summer holidays end and students return to their school for the new term.
When you come to the game, you could be leaving with a GIANT prize to put the icing on your Bank Holiday cake. The Giants 50/50 Draw returns, giving youÂ the chance to leave the game with a cash prize, remember, the more you buy – the more GIANT the prize! Also running on Saturday night are The Shirt off the Back draw, where you can win a Game Worn jersey for Â£1, and Chuck-A-Puck, with a prize of a trip for two to Scotland thanks to Stena Line.
4. Familiar Faces
Saturday’s clash in Belfast will see, arguably, the Elite League’s two toughest teams meet and the Giants/Clan rivalry will no doubt he as hotly contested as ever this season. Adding to the rivalry are familiar faces with Craig Peacock, who moved to Braehead this past off-season following seven seasons spent in Belfast and Bari McKenzie who played for the Giants in the 2007/08 season.
5. Kids For A Quid
We have a special â€˜Kids For A Quidâ€™ Bank Holiday Weekend ticket offer – with all Childrenâ€™s tickets (Aged 16 & Under) only Â£1 when purchased with an Adult ticket!
Season Ticket Holders â€“ we have a special discount for you also with 40% off game night prices! You can book your usual seat from the Box Office, either in person or by calling (028) 9073 9073 for Adult â€“ Â£10, Concession/Child â€“ Â£5 and Family â€“ Â£30.
For everyone else, ticket prices are as follows and available from Ticketmaster online and from the Arena Box Office, either in person or by calling (028) 9073 9073.
General Ticket Prices (In brackets: Super Seats â€“ Centre Ice, South):
Adult â€“ Â£16 (Â£20)
Concession (Student / Over 65s) â€“ Â£11 (Â£15)
Child (Aged 16 & Under) â€“ Â£9 (Â£13)
Family (2 Adults + 2 Kids) â€“ Â£34 (Â£42)
*All tickets +Â£1 when bought on game day from the Box Office
6. New Jerseys
Giants fans at this Saturday’s clash with the Braehead Clan will be the first to see the team in action wearing their brand new 2016/17 season jerseys following Thursday’s launch. Kukri Sports,Â the official sportswear company of the Giants, will be taking orders and they will be ready for collection on Saturday 17th September at the home game vs Edinburgh Capitals. Kukri will also have a limited supply of home jerseys available this Saturday, first-come first-served.
Saturday night will also see the new Kukri Sports merchandise range on sale – you can check out the 2016/17 options in the Main Foyer of the Arena or at Door 12.
7. Can’t make it? No problem!
Fans not attending this Saturday’sÂ home game against the Braehead ClanÂ can watch LIVE from anywhere in the world! TheÂ Stena Line Belfast Giants webcasting service – Giants LiveÂ allows fans access with the live stream available on desktops, laptops, tablets and phones.
The commentary team will be led by Simon Kitchen and Shane Johnson who give a fantastic play-by-play analysis of the games as well as pre-match insights.
The sign up process to watch Giants live is very simple – when you arrive at theÂ site’s homepageÂ you’ll be given the chance to log in and if you do not already have an account you can create one easily. Payment is pay per view and costs justÂ Â£4.99 –Â you can pay by Card or via Paypal.
â€” Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) 22 August 2016