New season and new sponsors get on board
The Elite League faces off Saturday at seven o’clock with Midlands rivals Coventry in town to take on the GMB Nottingham Panthers and the match sees a brand new game sponsor getting involved.
The Bakehouse is an artisan bakery and café on Mansfield Road in Nottingham headed up by Craig Poynter, who used to play the sport and has coached junior teams as well.
Now he is carving out a reputation in the food industry.
MATCH SPONSORS get lots of advertising with the Panthers and round off their evening at the game with the man of the match presentations.
And there will be a different look to the home team bench from Saturday’s match too.
Premier Facilities Maintenance have just signed a deal which sees them ‘get behind the Panthers’ with their giant banner behind the home team bench.
Meanwhile the giant inflatable tunnel should be making its season debut at this weekend’s game too and we’ve got a new gate at the stage end which is being installed on Friday to specifically accommodate the inflatable Paws.
There are new player screen going up for the first time when the Panthers are brought on to the ice and loads more going off on match night.
The fifty-fifty draw will be in operation and the shirt off his back raffle too.
Fans have been very supportive of the new safety and security measures which have been brought in this season. Fans are urged to allow extra time to get to their seats. There will be bag searches and the restrictions on sizes will be enforced. There will be no lockers in general use at Panthers’ home games, There will be pat downs and wand searches going on in the search lanes too. Please follow the arena staff instructions when leaving the arena after the games this year. There will be reduced exits available but the number in use will vary depending on the size of the crowds at games.
PANTHERS’ VIP desk, is again on LEVEL THREE…that’s one flight of stairs up from the foyer and one flight of steps down from the hospitality boxes. The first full version of the match night magazine goes on sale at the Coventry game
We have parking deals lined up with Nottingham City Car Parks at Broadmarsh East and Sheriff’s Lodge. It’s going to be cheap on a match by match basis for fans, but it’s cheaper still if you grab a parking season ticket. For more information call 0115 8761444.
The arena catering team will be feeding the Panthers’ players after their home games this season. Meanwhile there has been a revamp for fans on the concourse too with more choices on the food front and reduced prices for beer, tea and coffee. Every time Panthers kill off a penalty on the ice there will be ten pence knocked off the price of a pint in the ENCORE bar after the final hooter.
Saltbox is back in action this weekend with specials for hockey fans going to the games and Shooters Bar will be backing the Panthers' powerplay this season.Adult season ticket holders can get a meal deal special from MacDonalds in Nottingham all week long (after 10.30am).
Match and season tickets can be used on the Nottingham trams network to get into the game for £2 return.