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Coyotes encouraging fans to tailgate before weekend games

Sep 25, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

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The Phoenix Coyotes — featuring new owners! — are encouraging their fans to show up early and tailgate in the parking lot at 17 weekend home games this season.

“We are excited to introduce tailgating prior to all Coyotes weekend home games this season,” said Coyotes president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc in a release. “We are very fortunate to live in a city that has such great weather during the hockey season so we are encouraging fans to come early to our weekend games and enjoy the great atmosphere outside Arena. We are continually looking for new ways to enhance the game experience for our fans.”

Saturday, Oct. 19, versus the Detroit Red Wings is the first tailgating opportunity for ‘Yotes fans. The game starts at 6 p.m., with parking lots opening at 2 p.m.

Anyway, cue all the jokes about two guys with a Hibachi and some old lawn chairs showing up, but this is a good idea — just ask Carolina Hurricanes fans.

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  1. ibieiniid - Sep 25, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    getting blasted (dehydrated) outdoors in Arizona in mid-April….. fun.

  2. khudobinawesome - Sep 25, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Carolina fan here, and what the man says is the truth. Grilling out before the games, a couple of beers, is just a blast.

  3. dsonashville28 - Sep 25, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    This is a smart move. New owners reaching out to the fan base, trying to increase its size by creative means. The right ownership can make hockey work in Arizona.

  4. azwingnut - Sep 25, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Kind of goes against all the discussion about how much revenue the games bring to the Westgate shopping/dining owners?
    For me.. still worth going early “tailgating” in the Westgate…. its a great weekend even when the Wings are not in town.


  5. thailer35 - Sep 25, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Awesome news! Can’t wait to tailgate!

  6. lonespeed - Sep 25, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    There go the five best parking spaces next to the arena.

  7. letsgocaps88 - Sep 25, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    I went to see a caps vs canes game down in NC. Ah i was so jealous that the canes fans can tailgate. It was an awesome time and the fans were classy for sure. Alot of BBQ and beer.

  8. holographicribs - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Oh, i’ll be there on October 19th…..wearing my Wings jersey with the 10,000 other Wings fans who will be attending the game.

    Coyotes fans are non-existant.

  9. holographicribs - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    To be fair, though, Glendale was the dumbest place to put a new hockey arena. It’s so far away from the major valley cities, and even when you get out there, besides Westgate and Cabela’s, there’s NOTHING to see ir do.

  10. 950003cups - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    New owners seem pretty silly. What kind of business encourages people to eat and drink BEFORE they enter their establishment. There goes all the concession money.

    • bauxjangles - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      The kind that just wants to get bodies in the seats

  11. 950003cups - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    I’ll go and bring a case of beer. This way every fan in attendance can have a beer.

  12. blomfeld - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    God bless these people ….

  13. bauxjangles - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Coyotes also encouraging fans to go to games

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