OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today additional details for the team’s annual Fan Fest, which will take place this Saturday at Canadian Tire Centre (@CdnTireCtr). The event will feature four unique fan press conferences, two team practices, a Senators’ intra-squad game, autograph sessions, a Senators’ game-used equipment and jersey sale, interactive games and entertainment throughout the arena.
Tickets to Fan Fest are on sale now for only $10 (including taxes and CRF but excluding convenience fees) and include access to each of the event’s components. The first 10,000 fans to purchase a ticket via Capital Tickets will receive a voucher for a limited edition Kyle Turris bobblehead, which serves as the first in a series of five bobbleheads that Senators fans can collect over the course of the 2014-15 season. A limited number of tickets will also be available on-site.
Courtesy of the Ottawa Senators Foundation (@sensfoundation) and Tim Hortons, Saturday’s festivities will kick-off with a free pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m. that will be available to the first 500 fans in attendance. Fan Fest will officially get underway at 9 a.m. when Senators president Cyril Leeder joins fans on the Gate 1 plaza where he will unveil the player names of the next two limited edition bobbleheads. The final two names will be unveiled live on CTV between noon and 2 p.m. as they cover Fan Fest live from Canadian Tire Centre.
Fans will have the opportunity to watch the Senators take to the ice for two practice sessions (one beginning at 10 a.m. with the second commencing at 1 p.m.) in addition to an intra-squad game that is scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m.
Following the intra-squad game and practices, more than 50 Senators players, prospects and alumni will participate in autograph sessions. Each fan will receive a scratch-and-win ticket upon entering Canadian Tire Centre, which will permit access to exclusive autograph sessions and a chance to win Senators prizes. Fans can also obtain a wristband to meet Senators players and prospects at various locations on the 200-level throughout the day (limit of one wristband per fan at any given time).
Starting at 1 p.m., fans will have the opportunity to participate in four exclusive press conferences where they get to ask the questions to designated members of the club’s executive team, players, prospects and members of the Sens Alumni. The press conferences will take place in the tent on the Gate 1 plaza and will have the following themes:
The Early Years (1 p.m.) – Join team executives and alumni as they go back to the beginning when the city of Ottawa was awarded an NHL franchise in 1991. Find out what it was like to put together a winning bid, hear the city’s name announced as an expansion franchise, take to the ice for the first time as an Ottawa Senator and more.
Social Media Frenzy (2 p.m.) – Social media connects players to their fans on an unprecedented level as they get an inside scoop on their daily lives. Fans will get an opportunity to ask social savvy Senators about their favourite posts and the stories behind them.
Kids Only Press Conference (2:45 p.m.) – A press conference where some of the Senators youngest fans can ask their idols some of the toughest questions of the day.
Life on the Road (3 p.m.) – While the road is a tough place to play, it’s also an opportunity to bond as a team. Fans will get the opportunity to learn about life on the road in the NHL including team charters, roommates, their favourite cities and toughest arenas in which to play.
New to Fan Fest this year, fans can compare their athleticism to the entire Senators roster by participating in four tests that every player had to complete as part of the opening day of training camp and the NHL Combine – medicine ball chest pass, lateral shuffle, vertical jump and the one-legged standing broad jump.
Throughout the day, entertainers including balloonists and face-painters will welcome fans to Canadian Tire Centre, fans can personalize with own Coke can courtesy of Coca-Cola, take a RAM truck for a test drive to receive an Esso prize pack, participate in several interactive components from the Sens Street Tour and more. Additionally, the Sens Store will host a new and used team equipment and game-worn jersey sale in the team’s Vintage store on the 100-level concourse. The sale will include game-used jerseys, game-used skates, gloves and sticks from recent seasons.
Free parking is available throughout the day at Canadian Tire Centre, while all items at concession stands (with the exception of alcohol and Tim Hortons products) will be 50 per cent off during Fan Fest. Festivities will conclude at approximately 5 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to Canadian Tire Centre in support of the Ottawa Food Bank and Kanata Food Cupboard.
For more information on Fan Fest, please visit www.ottawasenators.com.
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