Celebrate New Year’s Eve at an IceHogs game

By Doug Halberstadt

Sports Columnist

Tomorrow (Thursday, Dec. 31) is the final day of the decade. That means it’s time to celebrate the passing of another year and to start looking forward to the promises that come with the New Year.

Customarily, New Year’s Eve isn’t seen as a holiday the entire family celebrates together. Usually, the adults will hire a sitter to entertain the youngsters while they are out enjoying a fancy, overpriced dinner accompanied by some cheap champagne and silly noisemakers. It doesn’t have to be that way this year.

I’d like to suggest a viable alternative the whole family can participate in. The Rockford IceHogs are hosting a New Year’s Eve game against the Houston Aeros at the MetroCentre. Game time is 7:05 p.m., and young and old alike are invited to the party.

Family Four Packs are available for this game. Fans can purchase four tickets, four hot dogs, four soft drinks and four popcorns for just $44. Call (815) 847-6399 or stop by the MetroCentre’s Box Office to purchase the Family Four Packs. I’m confident in saying there is no other place in this area an entire family could go out and celebrate on New Year’s Eve for such a reasonable price.

In addition to the hockey game, the team will be giving away five pairs of Chicago Blackhawks suite tickets to the ’Hawks game at the United Center Sunday, Jan. 10. Following the game, everyone is invited onto the ice for a public skate. Fans can also ring in the New Year by watching the ball drop from New York City on the IceHogs’ big screen.

So, call the sitter, and tell her she’s got the night off. Or, better yet, invite her to come to the game with you. Don’t forget your skates! Happy New Year!

From the Dec. 30, 2009 – Jan. 5, 2010 issue

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