Good morning and welcome to "Cats & Coffee," a weekly segment, presented by Koffee Kult, in which we serve up an exciting look at what's on deck for your Florida Panthers. Like our friends at Koffee Kult, this forecast serves up only the best -- so sit back, sip and enjoy our latest brew of news, notes and information!
If you haven't purchased your tickets for the upcoming season, now is the time to do it!
In order to give fans the opportunity to "test drive" their seats for what promises to be an exciting 25th anniversary season in Sunrise, the Florida Panthers will be opening their doors from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 for a special Open House at BB&T Center.
With ticket options ranging from full to mini, there's guaranteed to be a package to accommodate every fan regardless if they can that can make it to a few games or all of the games (the more the better!). In addition to selecting seats, attendees will also be given a tour of the arena, including a stop in the Panthers locker room.
First time at the arena? No worries! A dedicated Panthers team member will be available to show you all of the best viewing options throughout the incredible 19,000-plus seat building.
For fans that commit to a full 40 games, season ticket holder benefits include:
• 25th Anniversary Merchandise Discount at Pantherland
• Exclusive Savings on select BB&T Center Concessions
• Priority access to NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Tickets
• Priority access to BB&T Center Concerts and Events
• (All-inclusive food, beer, wine & soda) - Club Lexus, Corona Beach House & Lord Stanley's Loft
To guarantee a spot at this week's Open House, please RSVP here.
PROMO NIGHT GIVEAWAY
There will be no shortage of added fun at BB&T Center this season.
With the recent release of this season's promotional schedule, fans are already getting excited for the return of some of their favorite theme nights, including Star Wars Night, St. Patrick's Day and, of course, Halloween Night, where young fans can enjoy post-game trick-or-treating.
This week, we'll be giving away a pair of tickets to five of these special games, including:
Home Opener - (Oct. 11 vs CBJ)
Halloween - (Oct. 20 vs DET)
Hockey Fights Cancer - (Nov. 30 vs BUF)
Star Wars - (Dec. 1 vs TBL)
St. Patrick's Day - (March 10 vs DET)
Enter for a chance to win HERE. A winner will be selected on Aug. 28.
VIKTOR E. DASH
In conjunction with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Panthers will be hosting their third-annual Viktor E. Dash at BB&T Center on Oct. 20. The 5K race will begin at 8 A.M, with race packet pick-up beginning at 7 A.M. The One Mile Fun Run will begin at 8:45 a.m.
If you are interested in participating in the Viktor E. Dash can sign up HERE. The participation cost is currently $30, with a portion of all race registrations going towards the Florida Panthers Foundation. In addition to a finisher's medal, all registered racers will receive one ticket to either Florida's matchup against Detroit on Oct. 20 or Edmonton on Nov. 8.
If you are interested but cannot attend the race, a virtual running option will be available.
CATS CLIP OF THE WEEK
Learn about the ease of mobile ticketing with the help of radio play-by-play man Doug Plagens.
Video: Mobile Ticketing Tutorial
CATS IN THE COMMUNITY
COLD COFFEE (IN CASE YOU MISSED IT)
- The "Heroes Among Us" program is back for its sixth season.
- 5 Thunderbirds who could make their NHL debut in 2018-19.
- Check out this season's full promotional schedule.
- You don't want to miss any Saturdays at BB&T Center this season.
- Nick Bjugstad is "not satisfied" and ready for another big season with the Panthers.
- Veteran forward Mark Letestu is joining the Panthers on a PTO.
- Thunderbirds center Anthony Greco joined this week's episode of Territory Talk to discuss his offseason and quest for his first NHL call-up.