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Ice Dogs to welcome back fans again this weekend, but no concessions, beer

Published: Apr. 29, 2021 at 10:54 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - As the COVID-19 case count in the Fairbanks North Star Borough continues to rise, there was speculation whether or not the Fairbanks Ice Dogs would be able to welcome fans this weekend into the Big Dipper Ice Arena, a venue owned by the Borough.

The organization received word on Thursday that they would in fact be able to allow fans (at 50% capacity) back into the Dipper after hosting three games last weekend, but it would not come with the same experience.

“We are not going to be able to have concessions open in the building, so no beer booth, food, etc.,” said Ice Dogs General Manager Rob Proffitt.

Similar to their home-opening weekend, there will be no outside food or drinks allowed with bag checks being implemented.

“I guess in normal times, you might look at this as the glass is half empty and leaking, but in my opinion, its half full and we are filling it up,” added Proffitt. “Right now, we got Ice Dogs hockey, it’s back in the Dipper, there is going to be fans in the building, we locked up a playoff spot and we are trying to climb the ladder. I think we have all made a ton of sacrifices through these times so hopefully people will understand that and still come and have a good time.”

Last weekend, the Ice Dogs hosted their first games in Fairbanks in over year, welcoming 1,100 eager fans back into the Big Dipper.

While there will not be concessions, there will still be plenty to offer outside of great junior hockey competition on the ice. The merchandise booth, 50/50 tickets and plenty of giveaways will still be available.

“3-Tier Alaska is giving away a $1,000 gift certificate Friday night, Saturday night we will be giving away two roundtrip tickets from Alaska Airlines, we are going to try to give away the four-wheeler from Odom and Coors Light Saturday night, GCI Apple watch, we are going to have a lot of fun still,” Proffitt mentioned.

Fairbanks (20-18-2-1) is set to host the Chippewa Steel (10-25-2-3) Friday and Saturday night with puck drops at 7:30 p.m. Proffitt encourages those who cannot attend the games to view them at Fender’s Restaurant or the Oasis Restaurant and Lounge where the games will be broadcasted.

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