Twilight: New Moon star Alex Meraz at IceHogs game Dec. 19

By Doug Halberstadt

Sports Columnist

In case you haven’t noticed, there is a ton of hoopla about the movie New Moon going on across the country currently. It grossed millions and millions, and then some more millions of dollars during its opening weekend. Fans camped out for days ahead of time to get tickets to the show. So, why am I writing about it in a sports column, you might ask?

Here’s why. My hat goes off to the IceHogs’ marketing and promotions department. They are bringing Alex Meraz from The Twilight Saga: New Moon to appear at one of their games next month. Meraz plays Paul, a volatile teen-ager who can transform into a werewolf to protect the Quileute reservation against vampires in the movie the whole country is talking about, even me, a sports writer/columnist.

He will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs during the IceHogs game Dec. 19 against the San Antonio Rampage. Meraz will be at the Rockford MetroCentre signing autographs in the concourse from 6 to 8 p.m.

To reserve your seats for the game, call (815) 968-5222. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office in downtown Rockford, at Hog Headquarters inside CherryVale Mall or on the Web at

Fans can also register at Hog Headquarters for a chance to win five pairs of exclusive meet-and-greet passes along with tickets to the game presented by U.S. Cellular. Registration will end Dec. 13. Registration will be open during normal mall hours at Hog Headquarters.

The winners will take part in a VIP meet-and-greet session with Meraz in the Dental Dimensions Club Lounge from 5:30 to 6 p.m. before the IceHogs take on the Rampage.

So, whether you are team Edward or team Jacob or team IceHogs, you better get your tickets early and plan on being part of a sell-out crowd.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the November 25-December 1, 2009 issue

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