Springfield Thunderbirds announce sellout for 'David Ortiz Night' By Conor Ryan
The Springfield Thunderbirds announced Wednesday that "David Ortiz Night" -- set to be held on Saturday, Nov. 11 -- has officially sold out, making it the second MassMutual Center sellout for a Thunderbirds game this season.
Before the game, there will be a special VIP Meet and Greet for David Ortiz Night VIP package holders, which will include a photo with the Red Sox legend.
Ortiz will then take part in a pregame puck drop ceremony before going back down on the ice in the first intermission for special entertainment and activities. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to receive a special edition oversized David Ortiz card commemorating the event.
"We have had David Ortiz Night circled on our calendar ever since the announcement of his appearance earlier in the fall," Thunderbirds President Nathan Costa said. "We are thrilled to say we will be packing the MassMutual Center for what is sure to be one of the storybook nights in Springfield Thunderbirds history as we salute a true icon to so many people in Western Massachusetts."
During the game, the Thunderbirds will don Red Sox-inspired jerseys during their matchup against the Laval Rocket, while will later be up for sale in a live, postgame auction on the MassMutual Center concourse.
Ortiz will also bring the 2013 World Series trophy to the MassMutual Center, with fans getting the chance to take pictures with the trophy free of charge.
"We are so excited to give our fans the opportunity to be a part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience," Thunderbirds Managing Partner Paul Picknelly said. "When we talk about our goal of providing great value and premium entertainment to fans throughout our region, this game comes to mind.
"This would not be possible without the collaboration of our local ownership group and our front office to make this night a special memory our fans can hold for the rest of their lives."