The Colorado Avalanche will host its annual Military Appreciation Game, presented by Budweiser and Caliber Collision, on Saturday, March 10 when it takes on the Arizona Coyotes at 1 p.m. at Pepsi Center.
The game is part of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment's Military Appreciation Weekend, in which KSE will recognize and thank military members for their service to our country. Through various military-focused organizations, KSE has donated nearly 5,000 game tickets to military and their families to enjoy games this weekend, which includes the Colorado Mammoth (NLL) versus Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday night and the Denver Nuggets (NBA) versus Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
Below is a list of the military celebrations taking place throughout the game:
The Avalanche players will wear special edition, camouflage jerseys during warmup on Saturday. The jerseys will be autographed and auctioned off beginning Saturday at https://e.gesture.com/events/7sV/ and sales will close on Wednesday, March 14 at 10 p.m. MT. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Kroenke Sports Charities and numerous military organizations that are supported by KSE.
Progressive 50/50 Raffle
Fans can purchase tickets for KSE's first-ever, week-long progressive 50/50 raffle, with a cumulative pot building from March 5 to 11. The winner will be drawn and announced at the start of the fourth quarter of Sunday's matchup between the Denver Nuggets and the Sacramento Kings. A portion of the proceeds from the raffle will benefit Folds of Honor, an organization that provides educational scholarships to children and spouses of America's fallen and disabled service members.
Tickets for the raffle can be purchased at the game on Saturday or by visiting https://www.5050colorado.com/.
Saturday's contest will feature a number of ceremonies celebrating current and former military members. The Buckley Air Force Base Joint Color Guard will serve as the color guard for the national anthem, and Captain Caspers and his service dog, Vincent, will participate in the ceremonial puck drop.
Three uniformed officers will be recognized prior to the start of the game, and all current service members and veterans in the arena will also be recognized during the contest.
Vehicles at Pepsi Center
Various military vehicles will be on site for the celebration on Saturday. Fans can take photos with the following vehicles outside the Grand Atrium at Pepsi Center.
- Army Humvee
- Navy Seal Dune Buggy
- Air Force-Wrapped Trucks
- Marines-Wrapped Truck
- National Guard Armored Humvee
The Colorado Avalanche donated 1,500 tickets to the following organizations for Saturday's game:
- USO Denver
- The Home Front Cares
- 18th Judicial Veteran Treatment Center
- 19th Special Forces Group, U.S. Army
- American Military Family
- Project Santuary
- Find 'Em and Grind 'Em Booster Club
- Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
- Denver VA Medical Center
Fans who purchase tickets online have an option to donate $10 and a ticket to a member of the military upon checkout. Tickets for the game are still available.