READING - This year's annual Battle of the Badges in Reading will feature an all-new twist.
The Reading Royals, the Reading Fire and Police departments and the Allentown Police and Fire departments jointly released the following statement regarding the exhibition hockey game for the FirstStates Cup presented by FirstStates Financial Services:
For the first time in the twelve year history of the event, the Battle of the Badges game will pit a team comprised of law enforcement officers and fire department first responders from Reading and Berks County against a team similarly comprised from Allentown and the Lehigh Valley area. Up until this year, the Reading Fire Department had played the Reading Police Department in the Sunday matinee lead-up to a Royals’ game.
The “Reading v Allentown” version of the Battle of the Badges XII for the FirstStates Cup will kick off at 1:30 pm on Sunday, March 5, 2016, at Santander Arena immediately prior to the Royals showdown later that afternoon against the Norfolk Admirals (@ 5:00 pm).
“We’re thrilled with the new format for this year’s Battle of the Badges game,” said Royals’ Team President Drew Bell. “This event has always been a celebration of the people who serve, protect and courageously respond to the most difficult circumstances in the Berks County community. We’re proud to have this opportunity to expand our thanks to those who serve the same purpose in Allentown and the Lehigh Valley area. I’m confident that these two teams will be serious competitors on the ice, but I’m just as sure that, after the game is over, they all will continue to support each other in the invaluable services that they provide to each of us.”
Tickets to the Battle of the Badges double-header are currently available. One ticket gains entry into both games, and a portion of every ticket sold through the Royals’ website, www.royalshockey.com, will go to the Battle of the Badges Scholarship Fund established to benefit the children of firefighters and police officers.
At this season’s Battle of the Badges day, the first 1000 fans fourteen years of age and younger in attendance at the Royals’ game against the Norfolk Admirals will receive the “James Reimer Mini-Locker Room” (Number Three in a Series of Three) courtesy of Bethany Children’s Home.
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