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Weekend Preview - Week 21

posted 8 Feb 2018, 10:19 by john slater   [ updated 9 Feb 2018, 01:19 ]

For the twenty-first weekend of regular season action the Bracknell Bees take on the Peterborough Phantoms and Swindon Wildcats, in NIHL Division 1 South league matches.   The action gets underway on Saturday 10th February as the Bees hit the road to head north to Peterborough to face the second placed Phantoms (7pm faceoff) before returning home to The Hive on Sunday to face local M4 rivals the Swindon Wildcats (6pm faceoff).

Saturday sees the Bees and Phantoms face off for the third time this regular season, with the Cambridgeshire side having won the two previous encounters between the sides.   The Phantoms sit second in the league, tied on points with league leaders Basingstoke Bison.   Having lost only 2 of their last 8 league games, both loses coming against the Basingstoke Bison, the Phantoms are sure to prove a tough opposition for the Bees.   Bees and Phantoms fans will also be aware that the Peterborough side have been somewhat of a bogey team for the Bees over the last few seasons with the Bracknell side only managing a couple of wins over the Phantoms.  

Local M4 rivals the Swindon Wildcats are the visitors to The Hive on Sunday.   The Wildcats sit third in the league table and have lost only two games in their last sixteen (in all competitions) so will be another tough test for the Bees.   The Bees however did run out winners the last time the sides met at The Hive in late December and in the only league meeting between the two sides so far the Bees forced the Wildcats to overtime at the Link Center before losing out in the sudden death period.

New Sponsor welcomed aboard
At this Sundays home game vs the Swindon Wildcats we are delighted to also be welcoming a new sponsor to the Bees family, The Money Guardian.    A local business who take care of you and your family by giving advice on mortgages, insurance and providing a will writing service.   Helping clients through important life changes and decisions in and around Berkshire.   You can read more about them and their offerings HERE.  We thank them for their support and sponsorship and look forward to partnering with them.

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 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 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!