Royals' 2019-20 promotions include Gritty visit, giveaways

 

There's something "gritty" about the Reading Royals' 2019-20 season.

The Royals unveiled Friday their schedule of promotions for the upcoming season of ECHL hockey at the Santander Arena.

Each game will feature a food or beverage discount, deal or promotion. Fan giveaways will include a a jersey for kids, a team trading card set, a fleece blanket, and a Zamboni piggy bank.

The team previously announced that it will play 30 of its 36 home games on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. The schedule also includes a 10:30 a.m. game on Tuesday, January 7, which will also be the team's first-ever Education Day, and a 1 p.m. game on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 20.

The Royals will begin the home portion of their regular season on Saturday, October 19, against the Maine Mariners.

A pregame opening night block party on Penn Street will feature a free Downtown Alive concert performance by Cracker, starting at 3 p.m. There will also be games, food and more.

The Royals will be giving away light sticks and schedule magnets, and fans can buy a Royal pretzel at the arena's concession stands for $1.

Some of the season's other promotions include a series of postgame skate sessions, DC Comic Night on November 2; PAW Patrol Night on November 30; Star Wars Night on December 13; Mascot Mania featuring Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers' mascot, on December 14; a New Year's Eve celebration on December 31; Education Day on January 7; Ladies Night on February 7; Marvel Night on February 22; St. Hattrick's Day on March 13; and Fandemonium/Wall of Honor Night on March 27.

The complete schedule, as provided by the Royals, is as follows:

Opening Night, Sat., Oct. 19 vs. Maine at 7 p.m.: Pregame block party starts at 3 p.m., featuring performance by Cracker, games, food and more Light stick giveaway for all fans $1 Royal pretzels at concession stands Schedule magnet giveaway, presented by Deibler Dental Postgame skate + $1 hot dog, soda, nachos on Sun., Oct. 20 vs. Maine at 4 p.m.: First postgame skate of the season, presented by Body Zone Kids Club game, presented by Applebee's, Schuylkill Valley Sports and YMCA of Reading and Berks County $1 hot dog, $1 soda, $1 nachos Halloween, Thurs., Oct. 31 vs. Newfoundland at 7 p.m.: Costume parade on concourse during intermission College ID Night: $5 tickets with valid college ID at box office $1 pumpkin beer Free bag of candy to first 1,000 kids DC Comic Night, Fri., Nov. 2 vs. Norfolk at 7 p.m.: Batman + Joker appearance DC Comic-themed specialty jerseys DC puck giveaway Superhero-themed candy bag $1 cotton candy special, Sun., Nov. 3 vs. Adirondack at 4 p.m.: $1 cotton candy tub Wizard Night, Sat., Nov. 9 vs. Wheeling at 7 p.m.: $1 butterbeer More Wizard-themed fun TBD Veterans Day game + $1 drafts, Sat., Nov. 16 vs. Wheeling at 7 p.m.: Special military jerseys $1 draft beers Heaven's Thunder band performance Postgame photo on the ice Throwback Night, Fri., Nov. 22 vs. Newfoundland at 7 p.m.: '80s/'90s-themed throwback night College ID Night: $5 tickets with valid college ID at box office Karaoke Night $1 popcorn Presented by Enersys Hockey Fights Cancer Night, Sat., Nov. 23 vs. Newfoundland at 7 p.m.: American Cancer Society Night Hockey Fights Cancer jersey Free souvenir cup refills Conclusion of Real Men Wear Pink campaign Princess Night, Sun., Nov. 24 vs. Newfoundland at 4 p.m.: Kids Club game, presented by Applebee's, Schuylkill Valley Sports and YMCA of Reading and Berks County Princesses at the game Free postgame skate presented by Body Zone $1 frozen treats Game Show Night, Fri., Nov. 29 vs. Toledo at 7 p.m.: Penny Days (select Lion's Den items will be on sale as "buy one, get one for a penny"). Pa. Lottery voucher giveaway for fans 18+ $3 for a hot dog, chips and small soda Presented by Pa. Lottery Postgame ham shoot, presented by Redner's PAW Patrol Night, Sat., Nov. 30 vs. Toledo at 7 p.m.: PAW Patrol giveaway TBD Special Paw Patrol jerseys Wiener dog race during intermission Kid's report card: Bring by your report card that has an 'A' on it and earn a free kids ticket for a future game Small Business Night $1 hot dogs Star Wars Night, Fri., Dec. 13 vs. Brampton at 7 p.m.: Character appearance from the movie Lightsaber training at the game Free souvenir cup refills Teddy Bear Toss/Affiliation Night/Mascot Mania featuring Gritty, Sat., Dec. 14 vs. Brampton at 7 p.m.: Toss bears on the ice after the Royals' first goal Plush bear giveaway to first 1,500 fans Slapshot invites local mascots, including the Flyers' Gritty to the game Affiliation jerseys $1 frozen treats New Year's Celebration, Tues., Dec. 31 vs. Maine at 4 p.m.: Balloon drop + New Year's countdown New Year's celebration in other countries $1 champagne soda Youth Sports Night, Fri., Jan. 3 vs. Worcester at 7 p.m.: Youth sports night College ID Night: $5 tickets with valid college ID at box office $1 hot chocolate Craft Beer Night, Sat., Jan. 4 vs. Worcester at 7 p.m.: Deibler Dental giveaway (TBD) $1 draft craft beers Presented by Deibler Dental Education Day, Tues., Jan. 7 vs. Maine at 10:30 a.m.: Kids tickets are $10 (receive free hat, hot dog, soda) | Learn more here Educational component for schools that come to the game $1 funnel cake sticks Western Night, Fri., Jan. 10 vs. Wheeling at 7 p.m.: Country-western themed game $1 chili cheese fries Fri., Jan. 17 vs. Adirondack at 7 p.m.: $1 grape soda $1 Deal Game, Sun., Jan. 19 vs. Worcester at 4 p.m.: $1 hot dog, $1 soda, $1 nachos MLK Day Game/kids jersey giveaway, Mon., Jan. 20 vs. Worcester at 1 p.m.: Kids jersey giveaway Return of the traditional MLK Day Game | The kids are off from school Educational component on the day of the game for kids Kids Club game, presented by Applebee's, Schuylkill Valley Sports and YMCA of Reading and Berks County Battle Royale Night, Fri., Jan. 24 vs. Newfoundland at 7 p.m.: Fortnite tournament Dress as your favorite Fortnite character Free souvenir cup refills Pediatric Cancer Night, Sat., Jan. 25 vs. Newfoundland at 7 p.m.: Raising pediatric cancer awareness Postgame autographs Team trading card set giveaway $1 cotton candy tub Ladies Night, Fri., Feb. 7 vs. Atlanta at 7 p.m.: Pregame yoga College ID Night: $5 tickets with valid college ID at box office $1 chocolate/strawberry smoothie Pink in the Rink with pink ice, Sat., Feb. 8 vs. Wheeling at 7 p.m.: Fleece blanket giveaway to the first 1,500 fans Breast cancer awareness jerseys $1 pink rose draft cider Doubleheader: One ticket also gets you admission to the Alvernia women's hockey game at 2 p.m. Team Photo Night, Sun., Feb. 16 vs. Worcester at 4 p.m.: Team photo giveaway Kids Club game, presented by Applebee's, Schuylkill Valley Sports and YMCA of Reading and Berks County Last free postgame skate of the season, presented by Body Zone $1 hot dog, $1 soda, $1 nachos Fri., Feb. 21 vs. Newfoundland at 7 p.m.: $1 frozen treats Kid's report card: Bring by your report card that has an 'A' on it and earn a free kids ticket for a future game Marvel Night, Sat., Feb. 22 vs. Brampton at 7 p.m.: Spiderman meet-and-greet Special Spiderman jerseys Poster giveaway for the first 1,000 fans $1 superhero-themed candy bag Wine Wednesday, Feb. 26 vs. Maine at 7 p.m.: Special wine selections Free souvenir cup refills First Responders Night/Battle of the Badges, Sun., Mar. 8 vs. Brampton at 4 p.m.: The Reading fire and police departments face-off with the Allentown squads before the game (one ticket gets you admission to both games) $1 hot dogs, sodas and nachos It's also Mental Health Awareness Night and Faith & Family Night Zamboni piggy bank with fire and police colors giveaway Heaven's Thunder band performance Specialty jerseys St. Hattrick's Day, Fri., Mar. 13 vs. Norfolk at 7 p.m.: If a Royals player records a hat trick at the game, one fan will win $10,000 College ID Night: $5 tickets with valid college ID at box office Cheers with green beers Deibler Dental giveaway (TBD) Presented by Deibler Dental Autism Awareness/Scout/Teacher Appreciation Night, Sat., Mar. 14 vs. Norfolk at 7 p.m.: Sensory-friendly game, with subdued atmosphere with music and lighting, plus quiet spaces in the arena Special autism awareness jerseys Scout night at the game Teacher appreciation night Slapshot puzzle giveaway $1 rainbow treat or Dippin' Dots Champions Night, Sun., Mar. 22 vs. Maine at 4 p.m.: Celebrate local champions Kids Club game, presented by Applebee's, Schuylkill Valley Sports and YMCA of Reading and Berks County Kids Club only postgame skate $1 hot dog, soda, nachos Wine Wednesday, Mar. 25 vs. Worcester at 7 p.m.: Special wine selections Free souvenir cup refills Fandemonium/Wall of Honor Night, Fri., Mar. 27 vs. Adirondack at 7 p.m.: Jersey off our backs for season ticket holders Special Fandemonium jersey Royals will honor former goalie Terry Denike to the Diamond Credit Union Wall of Honor Terry Denike foam beard giveaway $1 draft beers Presented by Diamond Credit Union