Hockey teams are often named after intimidating natural phenomena, such as the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Colorado Avalanche, and the Tuscaloosa Puberty. Experience the fury with today's Groupon: for $12, you get one ticket (a $34.95 value) to a Lake Erie Monsters AHL hockey game at the Quicken Loans Arena. Seating is at the sideline/club level. Join mascot Sullivan C. Goal in cheering on the Monsters at one of the following games:
- Thursday, January 20th (vs. the Rochester Americans, 7:00 p.m.), with $1 beers all night
- Saturday, January 22nd (vs. the Houston Aeros, 7:30 p.m.), includes Monsters CLE t-shirt giveaway
- Saturday, January 29th (vs. the Hamilton Bulldogs, 7:30 p.m.), includes a post-game country music concert featuring James Otto
- Friday, February 4th (vs. the San Antonio Rampage, 7:30 p.m.), includes $1 hotdogs and presidential bobblehead giveaway
Children under two years of age are admitted free.
Now in their fourth year as an AHL team, the Monsters are hoping to land a coveted playoff spot. Even if you don't know the first thing about hockey (known as "football" in Europe), you'll soon learn to love the brutal ballet of power plays and slap shots, the spray of skate-shredded ice, and the satisfying Plexiglass ka-thunk of a well-executed body check—especially the way Ben Walter, Justin Mercier, and company like to play the game. With its variety of promotions or give-aways each night ($1 hot dogs or beers not included in this Groupon), a Monsters game also provides a date option that’s cheaper and less dangerous than a hot-air balloon dogfight.
The Plain Dealer covered the Monsters' January 4 match against the Rochester Americans and the Digital Sports Network featured Monsters' player Justin Mercier. More than 6,940 Facebookers are fans of the team.
Lake Erie Monsters
An AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Lake Erie Monsters began as the Utah Grizzlies in 2001 before migrating to Cleveland in 2007. After the team clinched its first playoff berth in 2011, the subsequent season drew record crowds to Quicken Loans Arena, where fans' screams bounce off the rafters to form classic jock-jam echoes.