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Click above to buy this Groupon for Sunday, January 31, at 3:05 p.m. vs. South Carolina Stingrays. Click on the links below for other games.

  • Buy here for Sunday, January 31, at 3:05 p.m. vs. South Carolina Stingrays.
  • Buy here for Friday, February 12, at 7:35 p.m. vs. Elmira Jackals.
  • Buy here for Friday, March 5, at 7:35 p.m. vs. Charlotte Checkers.
  • Buy here for Sunday, March 7, at 3:05 p.m. vs. Trenton Devils.
  • Buy here for Sunday, March 14, at 3:05 p.m. vs. Kalamazoo Wings.
  • Buy here for Sunday, March 21, at 3:05 p.m. vs. Toledo Walleye.
  • Buy here for Friday, March 26, at 7:35 p.m. vs. Kalamazoo Wings.

The original incarnation of hockey, known as hokey, consisted of one person playing against his or her self to see how many blue lines he or she could draw in concentric circles around a puck while figure skating. For inconceivable reasons, this version quickly fell by the wayside as the motion blurring, body slamming, and puck chucking of modern hockey gained ascendance. For $10, today's Groupon gets you one ticket to see the Wheeling Nailers at the WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, WV ($18.50 value, including arena fee). Choose the date and opponent from the links above, or sate your fascination for watching Zambonis smooth the ice by buying them all.

There is no limit on buying blocks of tickets for a single game, making this a great opportunity to repay the family of wolves that raised you by giving them a physical, fast-paced show on ice. Your tickets will be in the platinum/gold section, giving you a panoramic view of the clash of the ice titans. Present your Groupon at the box office on game day to receive your tickets.

The Nailers are the AA affiliate of the Penguins. Come see the young players strut their stuff as they skate toward the big leagues. It’s like watching an episode of Before They Were Stars without knowing it. Hockey is like the magnificent mutt of the sporting world. You get the speed of basketball, the elegance of ice-skating, and the utter brutality of golf all combined in one action-packed event. Take your adrenaline-deprived librarian friend or entire cul-de-sac out for a raucous afternoon or evening of hard hits and flashing lights.

Reviews

The Intelligencer has covered numerous Nailers games. Here's what they say about a thrilling match against the first-place Toledo Walleye:

  • But Wheeling jumped right back as newcomer Zack Sill won a battle for the puck and centered it to Capraro who went top shelf for his fourth to tie it 2-2 after two. It remained that way until Sill headed the puck to Casey Pierro-Zabotel, who carried it into the Toledo zone and down the left side until he nearly passed up the goal. But just as he was about to, he fed it to Capraro on the other side, and he put it into the open net.…There were some tense moments at the end including a spectacular save with 5:55 left on Ewing, who lunged and hit the puck toward and [sic] open cage. But Teslak somehow recovered in time to make the save. – Shawn Rine
1315 Main St
Wheeling,
WV
US

A comprehensive salon and day spa offering hair, nail, massage, facial, waxing, and makeup services since 1983, Frederick's provides a peaceful escape from everyday stresses. Before being called into a private treatment room for the 60-minute couple's massage, lovebirds can snuggle up on a black leather sofa and absorb the cozy warmth pulsing from a flickering stone fireplace. Relaxation levels are magnified during the joint Swedish knead, during which partners lounge on side-by-side massage tables as skilled therapists employ gentle, soothing strokes to evict tension, untangle muscular knots, and boost circulation without disturbing sleeping belly buttons.

109 Edgington Ln
Wheeling,
WV
US

The licensed professionals at Secret Serenity oversee and administer expert skin enhancements from within a soothing, relaxed spa atmosphere for both men and women. Medical director Dr. Troy Balgo has practiced in Clairsville for the past 12 years, and Serenity's four-session laser hair-removal treatment can annex arms and legs away from unwanted embankments of rebellious skin reeds.

187 W Main St
Saint Clairsville,
OH
US

There are entire cities with fewer attractions than those contained within the 1,700-acre grounds of Oglebay Resort & Conference Center. Originally built at the beginning of the 20th century as the summer estate of Cleveland industrialist Earl W. Oglebay, the resort has since been consistently evolving and improving.

In 1937—as a part of federal relief project—a massive outdoor swimming pool was built along with the Crispin Center, a stately building forged from locally mined sandstone; both remain cornerstones of the resort. The post-war era working boom fueled the creation of tennis courts (today, they have both indoor and outdoor options), picnic sites, and nature trails and roads.

With its scenery, space, and splendid infrastructure, Oglebay Resort was an attractive location for the development of a golf course. Two of the world's most famous course architects happened to agree. In the 1970s, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed a championship layout into the landscape; it has gone on to host the LPGA Classic 11 times. Three decades later, Arnold Palmer placed his artistic spin on the soil, creating another 18-hole, championship golf course.

Whether lodging in one of the resort's rustic cottages, a sprawling estate house, or simply booking a room in the Wilson Lodge, guests won't have to go far to find entertainment on the resort grounds. A walk across the lawns—which feature an English garden—leads them to the Good Zoo, home to 50 species of exotic animals including salamanders and tamarin monkeys. Guests hoping to interact with animals can also head to the Oglebay stables, where horses await to play games of chess in which the knight is the only piece.

465 Lodge Dr.
Wheeling,
WV
US

Some things are more than the sum of their parts—especially the exhibits at the Unofficial LEGO Museum, which was featured on A&E's "Shipping Wars". The parts in question are simple: tiny plastic bricks, considered kids' toys by most people. But when the museum's millions of bricks are put together, the result is the world's largest LEGO brick image. The space also houses massive sculptures of everything from an owl to a table of poker players, all looking at cards made of LEGOs. There's even a Spiderman statue, which museum-goers can pose with in pictures, or wait patiently next to, hoping he shoots LEGO webs out of his wrists.

4597 Noble St
Bellaire,
OH
US

On the rolling hillsides of Wheeling, West Virginia, the white pillars of the Mansion Museum stand majestically over the manicured lawns and landscaped gardens of the Oglebay Institute. Originally built in 1846 as an eight-bedroom farmhouse, the mansion entered the Oglebay family in 1900, and was willed to the city 30 years later to serve as a facility for education and recreation. Today it features a rotation of exhibits and programs, which share fine art, glassware, and environmental education with more than 100,000 people annually.

Tucked next to the Mansion, the glass museum has collected some 3,000 pieces of Wheeling glass, cut lead crystal, and Victorian art glass. The Sweeney Punch Bowl, a 5-foot, 225-pound piece of cut lead crystal, is the jewel of the collection, epitomizing the aesthetic splendor and unwieldy nature of most Victorian-era flasks. The Schrader Environmental Education Center imparts visitors with an appreciation for the natural world with interactive trail tours, campfires, and astronomy events; and the Stifle Fine Arts Center's ever-changing visual-arts exhibits display work from local and national artists.

465 Lodge Drive
Wheeling,
WV
US