OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today plans for the team's 2017-18 opening weekend at Canadian Tire Centre (@CdnTireCtr) which begins when the team hosts the Washington Capitals for the only time this season on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The weekend continues when the Senators host the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m.
Each fan in attendance at Thursday's home opener will receive a limited-edition Senators scarf on their seat courtesy of Scotiabank, the team's opening night presenting sponsor. Fans will additionally be encouraged to be in their seats early for the on-ice introduction of the team's entire season-opening roster.
Once again this year, the Red Zone, which is located at the Gate 1 entrance of Canadian Tire Centre, will be open to fans on opening night, starting at 5 p.m. Fans are welcome to join members of the Senators alumni on the plaza to mix and mingle before puck drop starting at 6 p.m.
The Molson Canadian Fan Zone, and an adjacent tent which includes a beer garden and patio, will open in conjunction with the Red Zone on Thursday. The Red Zone will also feature live entertainment (a DJ and interactive games), in addition to inflatables and face painters. Additionally, TSN 1200 will be on site to broadcast its pre-game show on Thursday night live from the Canadian Tire Centre plaza.
On Saturday, Senators players in addition to members of the team's hockey management and executive staff, coaches and Senators broadcast personalities will continue the tradition of being welcomed to Canadian Tire Centre on the Red Carpet. Each player and executive will arrive at the front of the arena in vehicles provided by the Ford Dealers of Ottawa. They will then proceed along the Red Carpet to interact and pose for photos with fans ahead of entering Canadian Tire Centre. The Red Zone will open to fans at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Senators set to introduce house band
The Senators, who recently announced that the team would be introducing a house band to perform at games at Canadian Tire Centre this season, will reveal the group's name later this week. The band will make its official debut when it performs on the 200-level seating bowl stage at the west end of Canadian Tire Centre during the team's home opener on Thursday against the Capitals.
Tickets for the Senators opening weekend games at Canadian Tire Centre are available now. To purchase regular season game tickets for games at Canadian Tire Centre fans are encouraged to visit ottawasenators.com/tickets or call Ticketmaster at 1-877-788-FANS.
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