The Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears released their promotional schedule for the 2023-24 season on Friday. The Bears will open their Cup-defending campaign at home against the Belleville Senators on October 14 and lift their championship banner to the rafters of Giant Center pregame. The Bears will also hold an Opening Night Red Carpet Event before the matchup and all fans in attendance will receive a Calder Cup Champions Mini Banner.
Hershey’s famous Teddy Bear Toss game will return on January 7 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. When the first Bears player scores a goal the ice will be showered by stuffed animals which are then donated to local charities. Last season, despite the Bears getting shutout on the ice, Hershey fans started throwing all of their stuffed animals onto the ice with 5.4 seconds remaining in the third period.
The game was forced to end early and after all the Sweet Cuddly Mayhem was cleared off of the ice, Bears fans had broken their own world record again by amassing 67,309 stuffed animals on Giant Center’s ice surface.
The Hershey Bears set a new WORLD RECORD at their teddy bear toss with 67,309 bears thrown onto the ice 🌎🏆
— B/R Open Ice (@BR_OpenIce) January 31, 2023
Due to the success of last season, many of the fan giveaways for next season will be Calder Cup themed. That includes PNC Bank Magnet Schedule Night for the first 8,000 fans on October 28, PSECU Knit Hat Night for the first 5,000 fans on January 20, and Fairview Golf Course Calder Cup Champions Logo Chip Night for the first 4,000 fans on April 12.
Mark your calendars! 📅
We've announced key dates for our 2023-24 promotional schedule! 🤩
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) August 11, 2023
Other notable promotion nights include two mystery player bobblehead nights on December 16 and March 26. Hershey will also be hosting Halfway to Summer night on January 6 where they want fans to breakout their swim trunks and flip flops and Corona & Modelo Hawaiian shirts will be handed out to the first 5,000 fans 21 and over. Other classic events like the Thanksgiving Eve game (November 22), Reese’s Trick-or-Treat Night (October 29), three Hersheypark Pass Nights will be returning.
The Bears will also host Hockey Fights Cancer Night (November 12) and Hometown Heroes Night on December 9 (Military) and February 3 (First Responders).
The Hershey Bears’ press release follows:
BEARS ANNOUNCE KEY PROMOTIONAL DATES AND TICKET INFORMATION FOR 2023-24 SEASON
Banner raising, Calder Cup themed giveaways, Hersheypark Pass Nights, Teddy Bear Toss and more set for upcoming season
(Hershey, PA – August 11, 2023) – The 2023 Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears announced today single-game ticket information and key promotional nights for the 2023-24 season, presented by Penn State Health.
Single-game tickets to all games at GIANT Center will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. Fans are encouraged to buy online and save—All season long, guests may enjoy the lowest ticket prices and save big when they purchase tickets online for Hershey Bears home games.
An exclusive Season Ticket Holder presale to purchase tickets to all Hershey Bears home games will take place on Monday, Aug. 28 and Tuesday, Aug. 29. Further information will be communicated to Season Ticket Holders.
The latest Bears promotional schedule is available at HersheyBears.com. All promotional nights are subject to change, and additional promotional nights will be added at a later date.
Here are some of the promotional schedule highlights that fans should know as they plan to visit GIANT Center this season:
CHAMPS START TITLE DEFENSE:
The reigning Calder Cup champions will start their title defense as they open the 2023-24 season at GIANT Center on Saturday, Oct. 14. That evening the Bears host the Belleville Senators at 7 p.m. but the fun starts earlier in the day with the club’s Home Opener Red Carpet event. Prior to puck drop that night, the club’s championship banner will be raised to the GIANT Center rafters, and all fans in attendance will receive a Calder Cup Champions Mini Banner, courtesy of Members 1st Federal Credit Union.
IT’S TEDDY BEAR TOSS TIME:
The “Sweet Cuddly Mayhem” of the world-famous GIANT Teddy Bear Toss returns on Sunday, Jan. 7 as the Bears host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 3 p.m. When Hershey scores its first goal of the game, fans are encouraged to throw teddy bears and stuffed animals onto the ice. The thousands of stuffies are then donated to local charities as part of the club’s Hershey Bears Cares program. Hershey holds the Teddy Bear Toss world record, collecting 67,309 stuffed animals for local children last season. This special event has become a phenomenon across the globe, and it’s a game fans should purchase tickets well in advance as it’s one of the club’s most popular nights.
When your favorite amusement park and your favorite hockey club team up, you’ll score a deal you just can’t beat! The Bears will once again host three Hersheypark Pass Nights this upcoming season, with each of these games occuring on a Sunday. All fans who attend Hershey’s Oct. 15, Dec. 10, or Mar. 17 game will receive a 2024 Hersheypark ticket valid for one-day admission through Jun. 30, 2024.
The fan-favorite Thanksgiving Eve game returns in 2023! Bring the whole family for some holiday hockey as the Bears host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Fans can stick around after the game for Canteen Vending Turkey Shoot Night for a chance to win a gift card for a frozen turkey for their holiday feast.
GREAT NIGHTS, GREAT CAUSES:
The Bears are proud to host its Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Sunday, Nov. 12. This impactful evening will feature a specialty jersey that will be auctioned off post game to help those in need. The club will also hold Hometown Heroes Night on Saturday, Dec. 9 (Military) and Saturday, Feb. 3 (First Responders).
FOR THE KIDS:
Hershey’s promotional schedule includes fun for the whole family with several kid-themed games on Sundays. To celebrate Halloween, kids can dress in costume for Reese’s Trick-or-Treat Night on Sunday, Oct. 29. Mascot Mania is set for Wednesday, Dec. 27, featuring Hershey characters and mascots of local sponsors and sports teams on-site to interact with fans. The club will also host two Dreamer’s Hollow Children’s Nights with the first on Sunday, Dec. 17. The second will be held on Sunday, Apr. 14 and that evening will also feature a Belco Kids Goalie Mask giveaway for the first 1,000 kids 12 and under.
CALDER CUP GIVEAWAYS GALORE:
Many of the club’s additional giveaways this season will be Calder Cup themed and help celebrate the team’s 2023 title, such as: PNC Bank Magnet Schedule Night for the first 8,000 fans on Saturday, Oct. 28, PSECU Knit Hat Night for the first 5,000 fans on Saturday, Jan. 20, and Fairview Golf Course Calder Cup Champions Logo Chip Night for the first 4,000 fans on Friday, Apr. 12.
Hershey’s promotional schedule is set to feature not one, but two bobblehead nights this season. The players featured are a mystery right now, but the club will give away a bobblehead, presented by Pepsi, to the first 5,000 fans on Saturday, Dec. 16 versus Laval. Additionally, the club will host Toyota Bobblehead Night for the first 4,000 fans on Tuesday, Mar. 26 versus Providence. The bobbleheads will be revealed later this season.
All-new this year is our Halfway to Summer promotion on Saturday, Jan. 6. Forget the cold weather and break out your swim trunks and your flippy floppies and join us for a halfway to summer bash! That evening is also Corona & Modelo Hawaiian Shirt Night for the first 5,000 fans 21 and over.
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