What to Expect: Monsters Opening Weekend
The AHL's defending Calder Cup Champions, the Cleveland Monsters will begin their 2016-17 season with a Championship Celebration on October 14 and October 15. We can't wait for Monsters fans to join us at Quicken Loans Arena. Here is the rundown on the weekend's activities and festivities plus answers to frequently asked questions.
As we near this weekend’s historic Monsters Opening Weekend Championship Celebration, we are also excited to support our neighbors, the Cleveland Indians, as they have advanced to the American League Championship Series! Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS will take place at Progressive Field on Friday evening at 8:00 PM and Saturday at 4:00 PM. Fans traveling to Gateway this weekend should expect traffic delays getting into downtown Cleveland. For The Cleveland Monsters Championship Celebration at The Q on Friday and Saturday, fans are advised to carpool and arrive early, or take the RTA. Due to the dual events downtown, the Gateway East Garage will only be accepting passes on Friday and Saturday. Once the garage reaches capacity, fans may be directed to other lots near The Q. Thanks in advance for your patience as we all look forward this very exciting weekend for our city and Cleveland sports fans! Additional parking lots and garage information can be found HERE.
PREGAME FESTIVITIES- FRIDAY OCTOBER 14th
The first 10,000 fans to arrive at The Q receive a replica Calder Cup championship banner.
Doors will open at 6 PM, a special pregame ceremony will begin at 7 PM so fans are encouraged to get to their seats by then!
A new Calder Cup Championship flag will be flying outside The Q! Stop by the corner of Huron and Ontario to see it before entering the arena.
October 14th will be the debut of the new Cleveland Monsters new white primary uniforms. Warm-ups will begin at 6:30, so make sure to get that first look!
OTHER FESTIVITIES AND ACTIVITIES- FRIDAY OCTOBER 14th
The Monsters are excited to provide complimentary photos with the Calder Cup for this memorable weekend. Take home a hard or digital copy, or post directly to social media. Swing by the Photo booth located at section 108 from 6-6:30 and 7:15-the end of the 2nd intermission. (there is a small break in photo opportunities due to the trophy being needed for our on-ice ceremony)
The Monsters Team Shop will be offering a limited edition box set with 50% of the proceeds benefiting the Phil Simon Memorial Fund. The box set includes Championship Locker Room tee autographed by a mystery player with certificate of authenticity, a limited edition banner raising puck, and a limited edition champion logo patch.
Get to the Express Yourself station at Section 133 to get your game face on with free face paint, hair paint, and new Calder Cup Champions temporary tattoos.
The Monsters Community Fund table at Section 128 will have signed, game-used jerseys of your favorite players from the 2015-16 Calder Cup championship season available to bid on including Oliver Bjorkstrand, Anton Forsberg, and Ryan Craig. All proceeds will benefit the Monsters Community Fund.
Additional Ticket Holder Information
CLE Pack and Championship Bundle purchasers can pick up their Fathead outside section 123.
Monsters Hockey Club Members will be able to pick up their jerseys and credential before both games this weekend. For more information click HERE.
PREGAME INFORMATION- SATURDAY OCT 15th
First 10,000 fans receive a Calder Cup Magnetic Schedule presented by University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. (pictured below). The first 1,000 kids 14 and under will also receive a day pass to Castaway Bay Indoor Water Park.
Doors will open at 4PM.
OTHER FESTIVITIES AND ACTIVITIES – SATURDAY OCTOBER 15th
The Monsters are excited to provide complimentary photos with the Calder Cup for this memorable weekend. Take home a hard or digital copy, or post directly to social media. Swing by the Photo booth located at section 108 from doors until the end of the 2nd intermission.
Monsters Kids Meals will be available for $6. Meals include a hot dog, chips, and soda.
Stop by the Monsters Community Fund table at Section 128 to bid on jerseys from the Monsters 2015-16 Calder Cup championship season. All proceeds benefit the Monsters Community Fund.
The Monsters Team Shop will be offering a 47 Brand Monsters Hat for $15, regularly priced at $25.
There will be a postgame skate presented by Hudec Dental. Limited skate rentals will be available for a $3 donation to the Monsters Community Fund.