by Cecelie Pikus
Pink the Rink night, a tradition all Utica Comets fans are familiar with, is changing things up a little bit for 2016.
While players will still wear the ever-popular Breast Cancer Awareness theme night jerseys on Saturday, December 3rd, for the first time, the jerseys will be raffled off live throughout the game to an array of lucky winners. Tickets will be sold for $20 each, and there is no limit to the number of tickets a fan can buy; there will only be, however, 3,875 tickets sold, with each one representing an attendee at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. By capping the number of tickets sold, the Comets increase the odds for ticket holders as well as equally representing every fan in the building on game night. In addition, all ticket sellers will be women who have survived the hardship of Breast Cancer.
Jersey auctions at The AUD traditionally lend themselves to the highest bidder. But this year, Comets President Robert Esche and his staff decided to switch things up to give all 3,875 individuals a shot at walking home with a piece of history. “By selling the tickets for $20, and capping the number sold, our hope is that all fans will join in the excitement of getting the chance to take home a specialty jersey,” Esche explained. “I am continuously grateful for our fan base here in Utica and feel that our raffle will make Pink the Rink a special evening for everyone in the building for a great cause.”
Tickets can be purchased at select locations throughout the concourse, beginning when doors open and continuing until the last ticket is sold. Live ticket drawings will begin in the first period and occur during media timeouts throughout the duration of the game. Jerseys will be raffled off in no particular order, and each winning ticket drawn will be associated with a specific jersey. Upon the conclusion of the game, Utica Comets players will personally deliver their jerseys to all winning fans, where they will autograph them and pose for group photos in front of the Pink the Rink backdrop. All proceeds from ticket sales will be collected by The Save of the Day Foundation and donated to the Mohawk Valley Health Systems Breast Cancer Center.
The Comets suggest that you arrive early and get your tickets as soon as possible, as supplies are limited.