Fan Guide: Checking out the Charlotte Checkers

CHARLOTTE — Grab your team jersey and cowbell: The Charlotte Checkers are back on the ice at Bojangles Coliseum.

The Checkers, who had not started a season at home in 11 previous AHL seasons, will play their first four games in Charlotte. Fans will have plenty of opportunities to see the defending Atlantic Division champions on weekend dates, too. Of the 36 home games, 23 land on a Friday or Saturday, plus another four take place on Sunday.

New this season — four of the Saturday home dates will feature a 4 p.m. puck drop.

In addition, the schedule features a group of games around Thanksgiving. After starting the holiday week with games on Monday and Wednesday against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Checkers will host the Utica Comets for a 4 p.m. Black Friday contest the day after Thanksgiving before finishing up the run with a rematch on Saturday.

The team will also host several games ahead of the Christmas break, including matchups with Rochester on Dec. 16-17 and Providence on Dec. 22-23.

Individual game tickets are on sale here through Ticketmaster. Ticket prices start at $23.

Several popular promotions have returned this season, including Winning Wednesday, featuring $1 beer and a free ticket to the next Wednesday game if the Checkers win and Family Nights, offering discounts of 40% on groups of four tickets or more.

Some new additions for this year include Hockey $1.01 on Jan. 10 featuring $1.01 tickets. Click here to see the full promotional schedule.

Upcoming home games at Bojangles Coliseum:

Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. vs. Lehigh Valley

Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. vs. Lehigh Valley (Charlotte FC Night, Holiday Food Drive)

Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. vs. Rochester

Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. vs. Rochester (Toy and DVD Drive)

Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. vs. Providence

Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. vs. Providence (Family Night)

(Watch below: Meet Checkers keyboardist, team ambassador Greazy Keyz)