MASON CITY, Iowa – The North Iowa Bulls will officially drop the puck on the 2020-21 season on Friday, October 2 against the Alexandria Blizzard, but hockey heads back downtown a couple of weeks early ahead of the team’s 10th Anniversary season. The Bulls are excited to announce a pair of preseason games against the Rochester Grizzlies, including a home game on Saturday, September 19. The teams will meet up again in Rochester on Friday, September 25.
Tickets will be slightly discounted for the Bulls’ home contest, with all reserved adult seats set at $8, and tickets for children 15 and under are just $5. Children 4 and under will be admitted free if they are sitting in the lap of a parent. Online ticket sales are expected to open on Tuesday, September 15.
Season-ticket holders will be admitted free, but due to physical-distancing requirements inside the arena, season-ticket assignments for the upcoming season are still being finalized. Season-ticket holders will instead receive a voucher to exchange at the box office for their preseason seats.
Due to limited capacity at each team’s facility, fans of both teams are being encouraged to attend their own team’s home game – capacity at the Rochester Recreation Center is limited to 250 fans, due to Minnesota state mandates on indoor gatherings which apply regardless of the facility’s size. It is not expected that tickets will be available at the door in Rochester on the night of the game.
The same COVID restrictions that were in place for the Bulls’ Main Tryout Camp will remain in place for this preseason contest, including a physically-distanced seating chart, temperature checks upon entry to the facility, and required mask usage inside. Capacity for the preseason contest will be roughly 850 fans, including group spaces, which will also have limited capacity. Live coverage of both games will be available on HockeyTV, and the Bulls will also audio-stream both games live on Mixlr.
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