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Weekend Preview - Week 16

posted 29 Dec 2017, 00:01 by john slater   [ updated 29 Dec 2017, 00:12 ]

For the sixteenth weekend of regular season action the Bracknell Bees take on their local rivals, the Swindon Wildcats, in their final two National Cup Group D games either side of New Years Day.   The action gets underway on Saturday 30th December at The Hive (6pm faceoff) before the return leg at the Link Centre in Swindon (4pm faceoff) on Monday 1st January.

The two sides have already met twice in the Cup, their only two games against each other so far this season, with the Wiltshire side having picked up both wins, although on their last visit to The Hive the Wildcats were pushed all the way by the homeside Bees.   With the rivalry that has built up over recent seasons between these two sides the games are sure to be tight and physical matches and the Bees will be looking to end 2017 and start 2018 with a bang!

Since their last home game, at The Hive, on December 9th the Bees have suffered narrow defeats on the road against both Streatham IHC and local rivals the Basingstoke Bison and will be wanting to turn their recent run of form around to end the year and start the New Year.   The Wildcats however have only lost two of their last eleven games and are unbeaten in their last five home matches too.   Having recently sealed top spot in the National Cup Group D and sitting one place ahead of the Bees in the National League Division 1 the Swindon side will be sure to present a tough opposition for the Bees this coming Bank Holiday weekend.

We hope to see a good home support from the Bees fans and look forward to welcoming the Swindon Wildcats 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 upstairs at the back of Block 5 (opposite the bar) there is also the Supporters Club shop.   Merchandise, programmes, 50/50 tickets etc. are all available at these two locations on a match nights