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Weekend Preview - Week 24

posted 1 Mar 2018, 04:31 by john slater   [ updated 1 Mar 2018, 23:16 ]

For the twenty-fourth weekend of regular season action the Bracknell Bees, weather permitting, take on the Swindon Wildcats and London Raiders in NIHL Division 1 South league matches.   The action gets underway on Saturday 3rd March as the Bees make the trip along the M4 to local rivals the Swindon Wildcats (6.15pm face-off) before returning to The Hive on Sunday 4th March (6pm face-off) to face the London Raiders in a key match up in the 
battle for fourth place in the league.

Saturday sees the Bees make the familiar trip along the M4 to face their local rivals the Swindon Wildcats.   In four National Cup meetings this season the Wildcats had the upper hand over the Bees with three wins and one loss however in the League meetings so far this season the Bees have defeated the Wildcats at The Hive and taken them to overtime away in Swindon.   The Wildcats sit firmly in third position in the league and have been on a good run of form lately so another rough and tough encounter is pretty much assured.

On Sunday the Bees return to The Hive to face the London Raiders in a key battle for fourth spot in the league.   So far this season the teams have faced each other three times, the Bees winning the first two meetings and the Raiders the latest.   All three games were close score lines so the two teams will be looking to finish the series between the two teams on a high as they battle it out for fourth spot in the league table.

New Sponsor welcomed aboard
At this Sundays home game vs the London Raiders 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 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!