Before hockey pioneers thought to freeze the rinks, the game was played in open waters on water skis, and hungry sharks were a major strategic factor. Enjoy sporting vistas free of dorsal fins with today's Groupon: for $13, you get one ticket to the home opener for the Cincinnati Cyclones on Saturday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m., plus one ticket to one of four additional Cyclones games, all of which take place at U.S. Bank Arena (a $26 value). Tickets will be in the lower level between the second and 25th rows; claim the best available seats at Will Call before the game. Choose one of the following four games to complete your two-game puck-centric power play:
- Wednesday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. vs. the Kalamazoo Wings
- Wednesday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. vs. the Toledo Walleye
- Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. vs. the Bakersfield Condors
- Wednesday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. vs. the Reading Royals
Fresh off claiming the 2009–2010 Kelly Cup, the Cincinnati Cyclones are poised to skate circles and other well-defined geometric patterns around the rest of the ECHL in the 2010–2011 season. Storm the stadium for the team's home opener to see the 2010 championship banner raised to the rafters using nothing more than the elevating power of applause. Then cheer on the Cyclones as they affix their game faces and pummel Eastern Conference rivals the Wheeling Nailers with a hailstorm of cross-checks and constructive criticism. To keep fans from confusing their hunger for victory with their hunger for tubular meat, John Morrell hot dogs will run $1 apiece during the opening-night contest.
The Cyclones—an affiliate of NHL outfits the Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers—will continue to host and abuse unwitting opponents all season long as they skate-march toward their second consecutive championship, making each subsequent game an exciting display of puck prowess. Beer vendors will sling 24 oz. suds for $2 during the Tuesday, December 7 game and for $1 during the Wednesday games to help combat the sizzling temperatures of the ice-hot playing surface.