The Lake Erie Monsters will begin and end their 5th Anniversary Season at home in Cleveland, kicking off the 2011-12 schedule at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday, October 7th against the Abbotsford Heat – when the team expects to welcome our One Millionth Fan - and will conclude with the annual Fan Appreciation Night back at The Q on Saturday, April 14th against the Rochester Americans. The American Hockey League announced the 2011-12 schedule today.
The new 76-game schedule format (modified from 80 games in past years) will begin with the coming 2011-12 season, with all teams now playing 38 games at home and 38 on the road. The season has been lengthened by one week, eliminating four-games-in-five-days scenarios for every team in the league.
The Monsters will play 23 of their 38 home games on the weekend, including nine Friday games, 11 Saturday games, and three Sunday games. The team will play a total of 17 back-to-backs, as well as six three-in-threes in 2011-12.
Single game tickets for the 5th Anniversary Season of Cleveland's Lake Erie Monsters will go on sale to the general public next Tuesday, August 23rd at 10:00 a.m. For a limited time, fans will receive a free special 5th Anniversary T-Shirt with every ticket purchased.
Fans can look forward to the same fun, value-packed entertainment at Monsters games in the coming season that they have come to expect during the team's first four years at The Q, including:
- EVERY TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY: College ID Night, presented by RTA - special tickets just $8 with a valid college ID or $5 with college ID and RTA fare card. There are 15 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night games this season.
- EVERY THURSDAY: Thirsty Thursdays, presented by RTA – beer specials every Thursday. There are eight Thursday games this season.
- EVERY FRIDAY: Dollar Dog Fridays – hot dogs and sodas are just $1 each; PLUS free postgame open skate. There are nine Friday games this season.
- EVERY SATURDAY and SUNDAY AFTERNOON: Arby's Family Value Day – purchase four to six tickets and receive the same number of Arby's combo meals and Monsters ski hats, all for one discounted price. There are five Saturday and Sunday afternoon games this season. PLUS all Sunday afternoon games will include free postgame autograph sessions with the full Monsters team.
Cleveland fans can also once again look forward to the following annual promotional nights: Browns Night (March 3rd), Pucks & Paws (March 4th), Pink the Rink (March 24th) and Fan Appreciation Night (April 14th). Free giveaways this season will include a Monsters stocking cap (December 17th), Cleveland Skyline t-shirt (January 21st), Monsters pillow case (February 18th) and Monsters player bobblehead (presented by Time Warner Cable, April 7th).
The team will also play on St. Patrick's Day for the first time in franchise history, when we will host our own Irish celebration downtown at The Q.