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Weekend Preview - Playoff Quarter Finals weekend

posted 15 Mar 2018, 12:46 by john slater

Having finished in fifth place in the National Ice Hockey League Division 1 South (Britton) the Bracknell Bees will face the London Raiders, who finished fourth in the league, in the NIHL Div1 South (Britton) Playoff Quarter Finals this coming weekend.

The first leg will be played at The Hive on Saturday 17th March (6pm faceoff) before the two teams meet again in the second leg the following evening (Sunday 18th March) in Romford, at
Sapphire Ice & Leisure, with a 5.15pm faceoff.

The two sides met four times during the regular season with the Bees picking up two wins in October, one on home ice and one away, before the Raiders picked up a home win in late January and finally the Bees picking up a second home win just under three weeks ago.  All four games saw the two sides battle hard and for the most part the scorelines were close with a lot of tight and tense action.   A hard fought Playoff Quarter Final is in prospect as both teams look to progress.   Both games are sure to be busy so make sure that you secure your tickets and we hope to see you all there!

Due to a safety concern and in the interests of our spectators, the upstairs seating areas behind the goals through to the “red icing line” will be closed whilst hockey is being played.   Block 1 and Block 5 will be completely closed and partial closure of Block 2 (seats 70-74, rows D–G), Block 4 (seats 164-167, rows D-G,) Block 6 (seats 240-255, rows D,E,F ) and Block 8 (seats 385 -398, rows D,E,F).  For full details please see full release HERE

We hope to see a good home support from the Bees fans and look forward to welcoming the London Raiders fans to The Hive and with that in mind we have some key points for new visiting fans to please note for Bees games:

  • There is an “away” section in Block 2 downstairs where away fans tend to congregate and sit together however you are welcome to purchase tickets through the rink reception on the match night or by calling 01344 789000 for seats in the upper balcony area.   You will need to specify at the time of purchase. 
  • Most of the balcony blocks have a large amount of season ticket seats within them that are already reserved so please be aware of this when taking your seat, if you are sitting in a season ticket holder seat without the ticket for that seat you will be asked to move to the correct seat. 
  •  It should be noted too, that due to the license held by the rink, that although alcohol is sold in The Bees Knees bar it can only be taken out to the seated balcony area and is not permitted downstairs within the rink at all. 
  • The rink is also a no smoking building so you will need to leave by the front door during period breaks if you wish to smoke and you will need your ticket to regain entry.   
  • The other general rink rules such as no flash photography, waiting for a break in play before moving around the rink, no foul or abusive language etc.… are, as with all rinks, also in place. 
  • Our Supporters Club run a merchandise stall in the main foyer and in the club shop at the front of the rink.   Merchandise, programmes, 50/50 tickets etc. are all available at these two locations on a match nights

A reminder to all that the Bracknell Bees will not tolerate any type of discrimination, verbal abuse or disruptive behaviour from people attending the Hive.   The NIHL ice hockey family is an inclusive one, adhering to EIHA Policy. Regardless of gender, age, ability, race, religion or sexual orientation, everybody is welcome at the Hive and entitled to feel safe and included.   If you see or experience any such behaviour, please immediately draw it to the attention of the nearest rink steward or security guard. Thank you!