Atlantic City, NJ – Single-session tickets for the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic will go on sale on Friday, January 13 at noon. This special two-day event will take place at Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, January 29 and Monday, January 30. Sunday’s schedule will include the AHL All-Star Skills Competition from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. followed by an autograph session in the arena. The nationally televised broadcast of the AHL All-Star Game is scheduled on Monday from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
A variety of ticket options are available for both event days. For Sunday’s AHL All-Star Skills Competition, tickets are priced at $13 for the upper bowl, $16 for the lower bowl, and $21 on the glass. Group price rates for this day are $11 for the upper bowl and $14 for the lower bowl. Groups must consist of at least 15 people.
Monday’s game day tickets are priced at $19 for the upper bowl, $22 for the lower bowl, and $31 for on the glass. The cost of group rates for this day is $16 for the upper bowl and $18 for the lower bowl. A special four pack is also available specifically for Monday’s All-Star Game. Priced at $79, this offer includes 4 upper bowl tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 soft drinks. Family 4-packs must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-736-1420 or at www.ticketmaster.com. For group orders, please call 609-348-7023.
In addition to groups of 15 or more, single-session discounts are also available to students and military. Student and military tickets must be purchased at the Box Office after January 13 and require a valid ID. Purchase is limited to one ticket per person. Group discounts cannot be combined with any other offers. Fan experience packages for hockey fans, clubs, and youth organizations can also be purchased on a first come, first served basis.
While in town, hockey fans will have the opportunity to attend additional special events hosted by Caesars Atlantic City as well as obtain special room offer rates. On Sunday, January 29, Caesars will host the Post Skills Party in their Palladium Ballroom at 5:30 p.m. This event will include a chance to meet and mingle with the players, grab an autograph or photo, enjoy complimentary beverages, interactive game stations, music, and more.
On Monday, Caesars Atlantic City will present the 2012 AHL All-Star Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony in their Caesars Circus Maximus Theatre. This long-standing tradition honors AHL’s hockey legends and rising stars. The AHL Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions. Tickets for both events are currently on sale and can also be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-736-1420 or at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $35 and $20 respectively.
In addition to off-site events, fans will also be able to participate in special contests on game day to celebrate the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic at Boardwalk Hall. The United Way of Atlantic County will be hosting the Chuck-A-Puck contest on Monday, January 30. During the game, fans will have the opportunity to stop by the United Way booth to purchase foam pucks which they will be able to “chuck” onto the ice for a chance to win a cash prize. A portion of the proceeds from this contest will benefit the United Way of Atlantic County.
Special hotel rates are also available at Caesars Atlantic City and Bally’s Atlantic City on Sunday and Monday night in honor of the AHL All-Star Classic festivities. To reserve rooms at Caesars ($49 for Sunday, Jan. 29 and Monday, Jan. 30) or at Bally’s ($35 for Sunday, Jan. 29 and Monday, Jan. 30) guests can call 888-516-2215 and mention code PAHL. Both properties are located on the Boardwalk and are less than a 10 minute walk to Boardwalk Hall.
In December, the AHL announced that Flyers legends Bill Barber and Bob Clarke will serve as honorary captains at this year’s AHL All-Star Classic. As is customary with All-Star Classic honorary captains, Barber and Clarke will stand on the team benches during the Skills Competition and All-Star Game, and will be recognized for their careers at the annual AHL Hall of Fame Inductions & Awards Ceremony. On January 4, the AHL released the team rosters for the Eastern Conference and Western Conference 2012 AHL All-Stars. Notable players include Eastern Conference captain Boyd Kane of the Hershey Bears, Western Conference captain Darren Haydar of the Chicago Wolves, and Michael Leighton of the Adirondack Phantoms. For complete team rosters visit www.theahl.com.
The first AHL All-Star Game was held in 1942 as a fundraiser for U.S. and Canadian efforts in World War II; this will be the 18th All-Star Classic since the event was resurrected in 1995. Of the 562 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since 1995, more than 93 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrice Bergeron, Brad Boyes, Dan Boyle, Daniel Briere, Brian Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Miikka Kiprusoff, Ryan Miller, Zach Parise, Bobby Ryan, Martin St. Louis, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal and Tomas Vokoun. Last year the Eastern Conference swept both nights’ events, including an 11-8 win over the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. The 2012 edition is presented by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Caesars Atlantic City, and the AHL.