Young Penticton Vees fans filled the South Okanagan Events Centre at the Pink the Rink night in January. Mark Brett/Western News

Penticton Vees announce changes to free ticket program

Fans under the age of 18, who are not accompanied by a parent or guardian, must present photo ID

The Penticton Vees hockey club has announced some changes to the Peters Bros. ticket program which sees free admission to fans under the age of 18 years old.

“With the constant increase in attendance and growth in our kids program, we have decided to implement some minor changes that will be in full effect beginning Friday, Feb. 9 against the Trail Smoke Eaters,” Vees head coach, general manager and President Fred Harbinson said. “These changes will continue for the remainder of the regular season and into the playoffs.”

Through 23 home games in 2017-18 the Vees are averaging 590 children per game. As such, the Vees have announced for remaining home games this season, fans under the age of 18, who are not accompanied by a parent or guardian, must enter through gate one and must present photo identification when entering. Even if tickets have been purchased ahead of time, these changes will still be in effect.

Craig Beauchemin, director of broadcast and communications said before the free ticket program was initiated, the Vees were averaging under 200 children per game at the South Okanagan Events Centre. In the first year it was implemented in 2014-15, he said that number skyrocketed to 484 per game. The number increased to 544 the following year and jumped to 577 last season.

“We appreciate all our fans both old and young and want to insure a positive experience and environment for all,” Harbinson finished.

The Vees host their final Boston Pizza Wicked Wednesday of the year on Feb. 14 against the Coquitlam Express, $2 raffle tickets will be sold inside the SOEC for three prizes.

The prizes are a day at the Penticton Speedway, including driving a race car around the track, six suite tickets to the upcoming Kip Moore concert at the SOEC on May 12 and the grand prize of an all inclusive trip for two to Mexico courtesy of Underwriters Insurance. Tickets will only be sold inside the arena during the game and all proceeds go directly to the school breakfast program.

Just Posted

Walk to end abuse for those who can’t

SOWINS’s Debbie Scarborough points to the lethal potential in intimate partner abuse

Penticton trio perform classical music recital

Penticton locals Mia Harris, Christine Robinson and Dennis Nordlund perform on May 26

TGIF: Penticton and South Okanagan events listings

Live theatre, concerts, events, art exhibits and more from around the South Okanagan

Flooding complicates summer fun, health authority warns

Avoid fast-flowing water such as creeks and rivers.

Evacuation orders lifted around Osoyoos Lake

An evacuation order lifted for 15 properties around lake

What’s happening

Find out what is happening around the valley this sunshine-filled May weekend

B.C. RCMP swoop in to save injured eagle

An eagle with a broken wing now in a recovery facility after RCMP rescue near Bella Coola

Athlete of the week: Declen Blondin

Declen Blondin is the Penticton Western News/Canadian Tire athlete of the week

Bug spray 101: Health Canada wants you to stay bite free

Health Canada is reminding Canadians to use bug spray and other insect repellents safely

Unions reject CP Rail contract offers

Both meeting Friday to determine next steps; 72 hours notice required before strike action.

B.C. jewellers warn public about fake gold scam

‘They are playing on people’s sympathy and their greed’

Hunt continues for two suspects in Ontario restaurant explosion

The explosion left 15 people injured, but all victims have now been released from hospital

B.C. teacher charged with sexual offences involving two teens

Henry Kang, 50, of Abbotsford charged with two counts each sex assault and sexual exploitation

Most Read