The Afternoon Shift – Oct. 14

T-minus four hours and counting / Photo by Mark Newman

The schedule says that the Griffins’ season started six days ago. But according to the falling temperatures and the buzz building downtown outside Van Andel Arena, hockey season starts tonight.

A 16th consecutive season-opening sellout is expected when the Griffins host the Toronto Marlies at 7 p.m., but those without tickets are not yet without luck.

Approximately 500 tickets, almost exclusively in the upper bowl, are still available at prices ranging from $16-$34. While online and phone sales concluded at 3 p.m. to allow time for processing, tickets can be purchased in person while they last at Meijer stores and The Zone at Van Andel Arena.

If you need any reasons besides the return of Griffins Hockey — or dollar beers and dollar dogs — to attend tonight’s game, we’ve got glow bams for the first 5,000 fans (thanks, Xfinity!), live pre-game music on the concourse from Jaded 8, a post-game fireworks show, and a J&H Family Stores post-game open skate (B.Y.O.S.).

Also, for all you dollar beer fans and aficionados of public transit, take note that tonight is the first Free Ride Friday of the season on The Rapid. Ride the Rapid to and from the game for no charge by showing your ticket.

Sounds like a fare deal to us.

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