The American Hockey League announced the 2013-14 schedule this afternoon, which will see Cleveland's Lake Erie Monsters play the first of 38 home games on Friday, October 4th against the Abbotsford Heat at 7:30 p.m. Of the team's 38 games at Quicken Loans Arena this coming season, 28 of those will be weekend dates, including 15 Friday night games and 11 on Saturday.
As part of the 76-game schedule format, the team will open and close the season at home, including playing five of their last six games of the regular season at The Q. The Monsters will see five three-in-threes over the course of the season, including opening weekend. The team will also compete in 20 back-to-backs in 2013-14.
The home schedule features one doubleheader with the Cleveland Cavaliers; the Monsters will host their annual "School Day Game," presented by Castaway Bay, at 10:45 a.m. on February 25th, followed by the Cavs facing the Toronto Raptors at 7:00 p.m. The longest home stand of the season will be four games, twice (February 21st-26th; April 10th-15th). The longest road trip will see seven games played from March 26th to April 6th.
The complete 2013-14 Lake Erie Monsters schedule can be found here: http://www.lakeeriemonsters.com/schedule/gameresults/
Fans can look forward to the same fun, value-packed entertainment at Monsters games this season that they have come to expect during the team's previous six years at The Q, including:
New this year is the Kids Eat Free promotion, where the first 1,500 kids at both Sunday home games of the season (March 23rd and April 13) will receive a free kids meal – featuring a hot dog, chips and soda.
The two Sunday games, plus Saturday, October 5th and Saturday, December 28th, are also Kids Days, presented by Castaway Bay. The first 1,000 kids to each of the four Kids Day games will receive a free Castaway Bay day pass.
The 2013-14 home schedule will feature seven specialty jerseys, five of which are new this season:
Among the many free giveaways this coming season, there will be several brand-new, never-before-seen at Monsters games items, highlighted by a Monsters bobblehead of Cleveland's own, Joe Haden, on February 22nd at "Football Night." Other new giveaways will include: Stache on a Stick on "Movember Night" (presented by Parma Community General Hospital) – November 22nd; Monsters piggy bank – February 1st; Neon Monsters sunglasses on "Neon Night" – February 21st; and a Fathead Tradeable on "Salute the Fans Night" – April 19th.
Of course Cleveland fans can also look forward to returning popular annual promotional nights, such as: "Pink the Rink Night" (breast cancer awareness) – March 21st and "Pucks & Paws" bring your dog to the game – April 13th.
The complete 2013-14 promotional schedule can be found here: http://lakeeriemonsters.com/schedule/promotions/
Single game tickets for the 2013-14 season will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, September 4th at 10:00 a.m. A special presale for Monsters Hockey Club members will begin soon. Single game tickets are available NOW for Opening Night through a limited-time "Back to School" Opening Weekend Offer - purchase tickets for Opening Night and receive an equal amount of FREE tickets to the Saturday, October 5th game. Also for each kids ticket purchased, receive a Monsters Pencil Set which includes a pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, and a pencil zip-up bag.
Full season Monsters Hockey Club memberships, partial season, group ticket and birthday bash packages are also on sale now. All tickets can be purchased by visiting LakeErieMonsters.com, calling (216) 420-0000, visiting The Q Box Office or any Northern Ohio Discount Drug Mart.
The Lake Erie Monsters are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League playing at Quicken Loans Arena and the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League playing in nearby Canton, Ohio at the Canton Civic Center.