Sept 18,2014(ISN) – Brandon, MB. — Plans are well underway for the Brandon Wheat Kings’ 2014 Home Opener, scheduled for Friday night at Westman Communications Group Place.
While game time Friday night is set for 7:30pm and even though doors to the arena won’t open until 6:30, western Manitoba hockey fans are encouraged to come early and take in the fun and excitement of the Annual Indoor Tailgating Party in the Keystone Centre Convention Hall.
In addition to food and music, there will be face painting, inflatables for the kids as well as a display from the new animated fantasy-comedy film The Boxtrolls, based on the novel Here Be Montsters! by Alan Snow. The film, produced by Laika, is set to hit the Empire Theatre in Brandon on Friday, September 26th. As well, Toyota will be giving away a truckload of prizes – from tools to t-shirts. Fans will also have a chance to enter to win a $5,000 gift card from The Home Depot.
The lights will go down at 7:15 Friday and the show will begin a short time later. Besides the 2014-15 edition of the Wheat Kings being introduced during a special pre-game ceremony, produced by Arch Angel of Winnipeg, Tundra Tough and Precision Toyota will present the Cameron Hughes Experience.
Hughes is a 43-year old Ottawa native, who makes a living as North America’s Super Fan. In fact, he may be the only man or woman known to be paid to be a fan. He’s cheered for teams from the minor to the mighty including the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm and the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors.
Recently, he was front and center at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, New York.
Meanwhile performing the national anthem on Friday night will be Elkhorn recording artist Kendra Kay Kvemshagen.
Kendra Kay recently recorded her first single “It Was” and since then she’s been back to Nashville to complete her debut album titled “Broken”.
Fans attending are also asked to bring a donation of used clothing for the Canadian Diabetes Association. Bins will be set up outside the Keystone Centre.
The Wheat Kings, who compiled a 3-1-0 record during their 4-game pre-season schedule, appear to be one of the favourites in the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Conference, with a roster that has a nice blend of experience, developing young talent and excellent first year players.
Tickets to Friday night’s Home Opener are on sale now at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at keystonecentre.com.
As of Thursday afternoon, 3,000 tickets had been sold for the game, which will be the first of a weekend home and home series between the two teams. Regina will host the Wheat Kings on Saturday night.