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Three Great Ways to Experience the Seattle Thunderbirds

The blades have been sharpened and the sticks are at the ready. Watch the pucks and fists fly as the Seattle Thunderbirds take the ice for their 2018-2019 season.

It’s hockey season in Kent. The Seattle Thunderbirds major junior ice hockey team hits the ice Sept. 22 for their first regular season game against the Portland Winterhawks. All the action happens at accesso ShoWare Center, where you always have easy access, free parking and a small-arena experience that puts you close to all the action.

Whether you’re a big-time hockey fan, or you’re looking for an awesome outing with friends, family or that special someone, an evening with the T-birds is loads of fun. Here are three ways to experience the Seattle Thunderbirds in Kent, including some pre-game suggestions.

  1. Plan a Fun Family Outing

Along with a whole lot of fast-paced action on the ice, kids will love the antics of Cool Bird, the official team mascot. And they’ll be kind of blown away when you tell them it’s ok to throw something on the ice, just so long as it happens during Chuck-a-Puck. Fans can purchase foam pucks (money goes to charity) that are simultaneously lobbed from the stands toward the open sunroof of a car driven onto the ice. Send your puck through the sunroof to win a prize. If your puck is the first to land in the car, you win a suite for an upcoming game plus $200 to use at the team store. Sounds like another great family night.

Pre-game tip: Get outdoors at Kent Meridian Park. The whole family will enjoy the interactive playground, beach, walking trails and green, open space. Rainy days in Kent aren’t a problem. Take cover at the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum.

  1. Grab a Group and Go

The T-Birds are well aware that beer and ice hockey make the perfect pairing. Three Pub Nights presented by Dave and Busters are scheduled throughout the season—Nov. 9, Feb. 1 and March 8. For just $220, you’ll get 10 tickets, 10 beers and 10 hats.

The Ice Box fits the bill for groups of 30 or more. For $40 per ticket, attendees get an ice-side seat, access to the exclusive Heritage Club (and a trip to the buffet), $10 worth of Chuck-a-Pucks and more. Find out more about group outings.

Pre-game tip: Get a taste of what’s brewing in Kent. Airways Brewing Taproom is a great place to gather for a pint or two.

  1. Make a Date With the T-Birds

With lots of Friday and Saturday night home stands, a T-Birds game is an excellent date-night destination. Couples on a budget will love 2-For-Tuesday nights. For all six Tuesday home games, fans can purchase two tickets for the price of one, and cash in at concessions stands offering $2 hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks, and 2-for-1 beers.

Pre-game tip: Park the car at accesso ShoWare Center and take a short stroll to Kent Station. Find a quiet table for two at Reds Wine Bar, get festive at Agave Cocina and Cantina, or choose another spot to dine from more than 20 eateries. Kent Station also offers several happy hour spots.

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Recap: Plan for a Full Day of Fun or Make a Weekend Out of It
Experience the Seattle Thunderbirds in action, and check out promotions and giveaways for the 2018-19 season. There’s a lot of action on the ice, and a lot going on in Kent.

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