The Minnesota Wild announced that Sunday, Oct. 2, will be designated "Wild Kids Day" when the team hosts the Carolina Hurricanes at 5 p.m. in a preseason contest at Xcel Energy Center. Thousands of youth from across the State of Hockey will have the opportunity to experience an NHL game thanks to tickets donated by the Wild and hundreds of season ticket holders. Kids will also take center stage in each of the regular Wild in-game elements.
"We felt a preseason game offered a great opportunity to create a memorable, exciting experience for kids throughout the State of Hockey," said Minnesota Wild Chief Operating Officer Matt Majka. "We owe a tremendous thanks to our season ticket holders who generously donated their tickets to make this day possible for so many kids. I have a feeling our team will enjoy it as much as the kids do."
Wild season ticket holders and the team combined efforts to donate roughly 3,000 tickets to the cause. The Wild then distributed the tickets to over 20 community and non-profit organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Little Wild, area children's hospitals, military families and youth hockey programs.
Throughout the game, kids will have various opportunities to experience free, kid-friendly activities such as face painting (Section 104), a balloon artist (Section 104), and a coloring station (Section 113). Kids can also take photos with player cutouts (Section 113) and receive an autograph from a Wild player to be announced (Section 121) from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m.
Kids will make the "Let's Play Hockey!" call, skate in the youth starting lineup, ride on the Zambonis during intermission, and more.
For information about how to request tickets for kids to attend "Wild Kids Day," please call 651-222-WILD or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.
Minnesota Wild tickets for the 2016-17 regular season are on sale now at ticketmaster.com or the Xcel Energy Center Box Office. For information about Wild Season Tickets or to join the Wild Warming House, the only way to secure priority access to future season tickets, visit tickets.wild.com or contact a Wild Ticket Sales Representative at 651-222-WILD.