07MarksmenLast month, the Fayetteville Marksmen held the team’s first Teddy Bear Toss – a tradition among hockey teams where fans throw teddy bears onto the ice after the first home team goal is scored. Not only did they win the game, but the Marksmen collected more than 700 teddy bears to be donated to area children’s hospitals.

Now, they are looking forward. The Marksmen take on the Birmingham Bulls Friday, Dec. 22, during Star Wars Night, a themed night of family fun that takes place a few days after the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Players will dress in Star Wars-themed jerseys while fans can enjoy $2 beer all night long. This will also be the final game of the season where the Marksmen will offer its most popular package – the Carrabba’s Friends and Family Four Pack, which includes four center ice tickets, four select merchandise items and a $50 gift card to Fayetteville’s Carrabbas. The entire package costs just $49.


The following big game is sure to have fans’ tails wagging – the Pooch Party takes place Jan. 20, and dogs are welcome at the Crown Coliseum to watch the Marksmen hit the ice against the top-ranked Mississippi RiverKings. As if you needed more of a reason to check out the game, there will also be $1 hot dogs and free Marksmen caps for the first 2,000 fans.

Marksmen tickets are a great holiday gift, whether they are for a die-hard fan or someone new to the hockey scene. The Marksmen offer several great packages, including the three-game Hat Trick package, All-You-Can-Eat package and Flex Plan. The team is currently offering a Holiday Package, which is available until Dec. 29. The Holiday Package includes four “flex tickets” (which are usable in any amount, at any game), a $10 gift card to New Deli and a Marksmen hat, all for $45. The first 40 to purchase also receive a free Marksmen T-shirt.

Two new deals recently released include a military-friendly Pay Day Promo, which runs on the first and 15th of each month as well as the Rims & Rink Package, for which the Marksmen are partnering with Rimtyme’s downtown Fayetteville location to give away free tire fills and inspections, along with a four-pack of flex tickets.

If you’re looking for some opportunities to rub elbows with the players, keep track of the postgame parties on social media and visit Fazoli’s on McPherson Church Road the second Wednesday of each month for the players’ Eat, Meet & Greet appearances.

Despite it being the inaugural year for the Marksmen, through charity efforts, community events and entertaining ticket-holders, the team has truly made a mark on Fayetteville.

Keep up with the Marksmen on social media by following them on Facebook.com/marksmenhockey, on Instagram at @fayettevillehockey and on Twitter at @marksmen_hockey. For more information on Marksmen hockey, visit www.marksmenhockey. com. To learn more about the Rims & Rink offer, visit www.rimtymefayetteville.com.

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