Oct. 19, 2009
By Ron Knabenbauer
CU Hockey Media Relations
BOULDER – The University of Colorado hockey program is pleased to announce a new tradition in the CU-CSU rivalry.
On Thursday November 5th, the Buffaloes will head down to Denver to take on their rivals from Fort Collins at the 18,000 seat Pepsi Center, the home of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League for the Rocky Mountain Center Ice Showdown.
“I think it’s going to be a great new venue for the CU-CSU game, and a place that can produce a awesome environment for the game,” said Scott Portnoy, the CU team president. “It will be a great new tradition for the two schools, and will be a great environment to play in.”
There will be two CU-CSU hockey games on that Thursday night, beginning with the women’s game at 5 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7 p.m.
Free Parking will be available on the day of the game.
Tickets for the event are only $20 and includes both the men’s and women’s hockey games that night, as well as an upper level ticket for when the Avalanche host the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., a $40-$53 value.
The Buffaloes hockey team will receive a $5 donation from every ticket sold that will help the team travel to the 2010 American Collegiate Hockey Association National Championships in Simsbury, Conn., March 17-20.
“I’m really excited about this game,” Director of CU Club Sports Kris Schoech said. “It’s an opportunity to not only showcase our men’s team, but our women’s team as well. It’s a great deal for getting a Colorado Avalanche ticket and a CU ticket for only $20.”
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.pepsicenter.com/groups/Avalanche/CUCLUB, or can be purchased directly from the team on Oct. 23-24 at 7:30 p.m., during the Buffs’ games versus Weber State and Eastern Washington at the CU Student Recreation Center.
The Pepsi Center game tickets can also be purchased outside of the Alfred Packard Grill inside the University Memorial Center on the Boulder campus, two weeks prior to the game, at the CU Rec Center cashier, or directly from Scott Portnoy at 303-908-9375 or Scott Cooley at 248-240-3119.
Tickets are available for just the CU-CSU game without the Avalanche game attached for only $5; however these must be purchased in-person from the team before the day of the game.
On Friday Nov. 6, the Buffs will then face the Rams again, but this time in Boulder at the CU Ice Arena inside Student Recreation Center on campus at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Friday night’s game are $5 for the general public and $3 for students with a valid Buff One Card. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the game.
The CU-CSU hockey rivalry has become a great tradition for the student body of the two schools as they face each other four times every season, and have played games at both the Broomfield and Budweiser Event Centers.
The CU hockey team looks forward to the support from the community for the Nov. 5th game at the Pepsi Center, as it will not only be a memorable event for the fans, but for the players as well.
“It’s great for these student-athletes and a once in a life time opportunity,” said CU head coach Ken Fikis. “Other than going to nationals, playing at the Pepsi Center should be the highlight of their season.”
For more information go to www.cubuffshockey.org, or contact CU Hockey director of media relations, Ron Knabenbauer at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (720) 987-9512.