We’ve been fielding many questions through phone calls, messages, and e-mails relating to the 2017 annual hockey game.
Q: What time do the doors open for the game?
A: Doors for the event open at 6:00pm. There is another tournament going on before our event, and also during on the other rink. So, we suggest you plan ahead and get there early for a parking spot and seat.
Q: What time is the Silent Auction?
A: Silent auction will begin at 6:30pm. It is held upstairs in the corridor between the rinks
Q: Is there enough parking for everybody?
A: In past events (partially due to the fact that there are large snow piles) parking is always difficult. We’ve had parking extend out as far as Carlisle Rd. and Hammond Rd. Again, please plan accordingly.
Q: Are there still shirts available?
A: Yes, there are still plenty of shirts available in all sizes at Bill Marsh Auto Group and Dave Harvey’s Athletic Supply. We have adult S, M, L, XL, and 2x. We also have youth sizes S, M, L in both colors. They will also be available for sale during the game on Saturday.
Q: Are tickets still available?
A: 750 pre-sale tickets were distributed to different outlets at the beginning of January. There are still plenty of pre-sale tickets available for 2017. Capacity is around 1,400, so there will be plenty of room even after pre-sale tickets are gone.
Q: Is seating General Admission?
A: Yes, whether you have pre-sale tickets or purchase a ticket at the door, it is first come first serve seating in the bleachers, mezzanine, and lower level glass areas. There is an exception to a few reserved areas, which will be marked.
Q: Why pre-sale tickets then?
A: Pre-sale tickets allow us to speed up the process and help get everyone into the game on time. There will be a separate line (or two depending on how busy it is) for pre-sale ticket buyers. They can simply give their ticket, get a wristband, and head in.
Q: Are donations made to Grand Traverse Guns N Hoses tax deductible?
A: At this time, Grand Traverse Guns N Hoses is set up as a non-profit organization, however, we are still in process of filing our 501(c)3 with the IRS. The IRS rules allow you to retroactively claim that deduction after our 501(c)3 is finalized. We are awaiting the IRS final approval, which should be completed in 2017.
Q: Are alcoholic beverages served at Centre Ice?
A: No. Further, they cannot be brought onto the premises from an outside source.
Q: Approximately how long does the game last?
A: The short answer is approximately 3 hours. There are three twenty minute stopped clock periods. There is intermission in between each period for you to look at auction items, visit the concession stand, watch the Center Ice Challenge shot, or do the Chuck-A-Puck!
Q: This is my first hockey game. Anything I should know?
A: Centre ICE Arena is a zero tolerance building that conforms to USA Hockey rules. Fans should be aware that throwing items onto the ice, belligerent behavior, ect. will not be tolerated. While the players are by no means NHL All-Stars, it is a decent hockey game to watch! It is an ICE arena, so it will be cold. You can bring sweatshirts, coats, blankets, ect. Usually, with that many people packed in, it is comfortable! Above all else, have fun and enjoy!
Q: Are credit cards accepted?
A: Ticket sales will be either cash or check only. We can accept cash, check, or credit card for Silent Auction items and T-shirts / Jerseys. Checks should be made payable to GRAND TRAVERSE GUNS N HOSES, Inc.
Q: Is food / drink available?
A: Both food and drink are available inside the arena. Mancino’s Pizza has a concession stand in the upstairs area and will have two different areas set up to purchase items.
Q: Are donations for Sean accepted?
A: Absolutely. There will be donation cans at the event as well where you can donate to Sean and his family above and beyond your ticket / shirt / puck purchases, ect.
Q: Are kids under a certain age free?
A: Children ages 3 and under will not be charged admission for the event.
Q: I am a photographer. Am I free to move about the arena to take photos?
A: We have a few dedicated photographers assigned to our event. They have media passes and are given permission to be on the ice, behind the bench, ect. We would ask that if you do not have a media pass, you do not enter these areas. You are, however, more than welcome to take photos from the general admission areas.
Q: Is there significance to the T-Shirt colors?
A: We have both red and blue shirts. Wear your red shirt to support Team Fire or a blue shirt to support Team Police!! We would love to see a sea of red and blue in the crowd! (Yes, you may have to wear your t-shirt over your sweatshirt!!)