BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Swarm did not play a game last weekend, but fans still had the opportunity to see the team’s players at its fifth annual Winter Bowl event Saturday at Sky Deck Sports Grille & Lanes inside Mall of America. More than 500 devoted Swarm fans were in attendance and had the opportunity to meet players, have a free lunch and enjoy complimentary bowling as well as arcade games.
The event began with Swarm players signing autographs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to autographing merchandise, members of the team handed out brand new 2013 Minnesota Swarm trading cards.
Many fans at the event noted that the ability to meet players and employees of the organization was a very unique experience.
“It’s been great to mingle with everybody, meet other fans and people that represent the front office,” said Gayle Schwebach, a second-year season-ticket holder. “I’ve also met all of the Swarm players and it was great to chat with them.”
Schwebach and other Swarm fans noted that they cannot wait to go back to Xcel Energy Center to see the team play in-person again. The Swarm home opener is Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. CT against the Washington Stealth.
Amber Schnegelverger reiterated many of Schwebach’s comments and also said that seeing Swarm players up close was her favorite part of the Winter Bowl event.
“It’s fun and exciting to be closer to the players,” said Schnegelverger. “We’ve been to other Swarm events and it’s just great to meet the players.”
Schnegelverger went to the event with two family members who are season ticket holders, and she noted that they also attend every Swarm viewing party in St. Paul for away games.
All Swarm away game viewing parties are at Sweetwater Bar and Grille at the Best Western Kelly Inn, located just steps from the Xcel Energy Center. The next event at Sweetwater Bar and Grille will be Friday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. CT to watch the second Swarm game of the young 2013 season at Toronto.
At the end of the event, Swarm All-Rookie T Jordan MacIntosh added, “… This year was the biggest it’s ever been and it’s an awesome feeling to see everyone and hang out with the fans that make us tick.”
Swarm fans looking to lock up 2013 Season Tickets can take advantage of a Buy 2, Get 2 at 50% offer. By purchasing two season tickets at full price, fans can add an additional two tickets for half the cost. Single Game Tickets start as low as $21 for all eight home games in 2013. For purchasing information on both Season and Single Game Tickets, fans can call 1-888-MN-SWARM or visit mnswarm.com