Nothing says fall like cheering on the home hockey team while drinking delicious, inexpensive beer.
The Cincinnati Cyclones know that pretty much better than anyone. For years, the Cyclones have lured hockey fans to the Heritage Bank Center with their highly anticipated dollar beer promotions. Who doesn’t love beer for just $1?
The economy, apparently.
The team released its 2022-23 promotional schedule on Aug. 16, and it’s jam-packed with traditional jersey nights, bobblehead giveaways, and theme parties. But, as some fans are noticing, $1 beer promotions have become $2 beer promotions, thanks in part to an overall increase in the cost of goods and services in the United States. Several games will feature $2 beer, hot dogs, and soda, while others will stick to just $2 beers.
Sean Lynn, director of marketing and public relations for the Cyclones and Heritage Bank Center, says CityBeat that inflation has finally caught up to the place.
“We introduced $1 beers in 2007 and have maintained that price for nearly 15 years. Although most things have seen yearly increases, we’ve held the line and not many people can say that,” says Lynn . “With the latest increases in the cost of goods, fuel and labor, we felt the time was right to make this change.”
He adds that while the $1 beers won’t be coming back, $2 is still a godsend for thirsty hockey fans in Cincinnati.
“We still think $2 is great value and we can’t wait to see people enjoying their ice cold beer while enjoying a pro hockey game,” Lynn said.
The Cyclones enter 2022-23 after a stellar run at the Kelly Cup. On May 3, the ‘Clones entered the final game of the ECHL Semi-Finals for the Central Division tied 3-3 with Toledo Walleye, each looking to win the best of seven series. In the end, however, the ‘Clones fell to the walleye 4-2, ending Cincinnati’s Cup hopes. Prior to that, it had been three years since Cincinnati last saw the Kelly Cup playoffs. The ‘Clones have been crowned Kelly Cup champions twice in their history.
The team finished the 2021-22 regular season on April 16 with a 36-32-3-1 record.
The Cyclones will kick off the new season visiting the Fort Wayne Comets on October 22.
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