Gritty should add some ‘bite’ to Flyers’ home opener

Gritty had a question for the Sharks at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden on Monday.

PHILADELPHIA – Gritty has taken on the national TV talk show hosts.

Now he’s ready to take on the Sharks.

That’s right. The Flyers’ new official mascot has been seen on Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, John Oliver and Conan O’Brien.

But things will really hit the big-time on Tuesday night when the Flyers open their home schedule against the San Jose invaders.

To celebrate the occasion, Gritty headed over to the Adventure Aquarium in Camden on Monday to visit some real-live Sharks.

Gritty will celebrate the home opener with a dramatic grand entrance. As he becomes an integral and exciting addition to the run of show at every Flyers home game this season, fans will see Gritty participate in many stunts and games on the ice and in the seats.

Gritty and his antics will be hard to miss, as he has brought along an official t-shirt shooting vehicle with him for his debut season.

At the forefront of numerous new elements fans can expect to see starting opening night, Solotech Stanchion LED Lights have been outfitted on every glass pane surrounding the playing surface.  Fans will notice these bright vertical lights during pre-game video displays, projections, and goal celebrations.

The Solotech lights will be well-accompanied with a brand new sound system and upgraded projection systems to create a crisp in-game experience from every seat in the arena.

All of these new elements will be highlighted on Tuesday night during an extended pre-game show, including player introductions, on-ice video projections by Raduga Design, multi-board video displays, animations, and more.

Fans will also notice the Flyers ‘Fun Patrol,’ fan engagement crew, roaming the concourse and helping out in the seats with extra showmanship this season. The group’s resume includes the ability to entertain through stunts, acrobatics, dancing, and more.

New this year, the club has added a Flyers Family Fun Zone section on the Main Concourse of the Wells Fargo Center.  Located outside of sections 120 and 121, the Fun Zone features four FREE, unique augmented reality games and experiences for fans of all ages.

Fans can take their place between the pipes for a special virtual goalie game; take a photo with their favorite Flyers player as if they were a member of the team; plus enjoy a modern twist on a classic tabletop air hockey game.

And the Wells Fargo Center is set to reveal an entirely new Mezzanine Level, which accommodates approximately 40 percent of the arena’s total capacity. Not a single aspect of the Mezzanine Level’s original layout remains, as new design elements, points of sale and ease of service for patrons are upgraded throughout.

Major highlights of the Mezzanine Level’s new features include multifunctional, open-concept concourses featuring views of Philadelphia’s skyline, over 150 new LED game-action screens, menu boards and illumination technologies, 8,000 brand new seats featuring cup holders, as well as expanded food and beverage locations and offerings.

Fans sitting in the Mezzanine Level will also have access to two Open Air Lounges placed in the southwest and northeast corners of the arena. These distinctive locations provide premier amenities and open-space socializing while experiencing the thrill of a live event.

New this season, pucks from warm-ups will be available for purchase on the concourse behind Section 113 before the start of all Flyers home games as part of the new Flyers and The MeiGray Group Warm-up Puck Program.

These pucks feature the game date, and both the Flyers and opponent team name and logo, and will be a special commemorative keepsake for fans at each Flyers home game.

Wayne Fish
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Wayne Fish has been covering the Flyers since 1976, a stint which includes 18 Stanley Cup Finals, four Winter Olympics and numerous other international events.

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