A lot of attention goes on the ice with the Moose Jaw Warriors, but the organization has also been hard at work looking at improving the experience for fans on game-days as well coming into the 2019-20 season.
“It’s something that we’ve been working throughout the summer and it’s something that we’ll continue to work on throughout the season,” Warriors Director of Business Corey Nyhagen said.
“There’s four big things when you come to the game, there’s the game itself for the excitement, you’ve got the score clock, you’ve got the lights and you’ve got the music.”
With a goal of building on all four areas, there will be some new features to the games this season at Mosaic Place.
Warrior fans will notice new additions to the players’ entrance at games and the team has also rehung and reprogrammed the lighting in the eight-year-old building with new light shows coming throughout the season.
“What we’ve done this year is we’ve upgraded the system to allow us to program throughout the entire year,” Nyhagen said. “As we all know, you can watch one, two or three times and the wow factor kind of goes away for those fans, so this gives us the opportunity to program scenes.”
The Warriors plan on putting Mosaic Place’s sound system to the test this season with a new music lineup.
“One of the challenges that we put back to our music staff this year is we want fresh, we want new, we want vibrant and they’re answering the call of looking for that,” Nyhagen said.
In addition to taking in the action on the ice and enjoying the atmosphere, the young fans attending Warrior games this season will be able to enjoy themselves in the new and improved Western Auto Group Kids’ Zone.
“This year we’ve added gaming systems,” Nyhagen said. “Esports is getting really big, a lot of kids are gaming, Fortnite is crazy, Smash Brothers is huge, so we’re giving the kids an opportunity to play on our Nintendo Switch systems.”
The Warriors are planning to host some tournaments during the season as well, which may feature some special guest players from the team competing.
There will be more new technology featured at Mosaic Place this season with the new Warriors’ app for Apple and Android devices.
“When you come to the game, it’s really giving all the fans a chance to take part — a lot of people don’t want to stand in front of the camera or don’t want to be on the ice, so you download the app, it’s free, when you get to the game you open it up and check-in and you can win stuff just for checking in,” Nyhagen explained.
“Throughout the game, we’re going to prompt you to open the app and play along. We have games like ‘Name that tune’, we have trivia contest, there’s the Boston Pizza Main and Thatcher Warrior of the Game where the fans get to vote.”
You can get your tickets to Warriors’ home games in person at the Mosaic Place Box Office and online at www.mjwarriors.ca.
The Warriors will continue to offer season tickets and the Family Fun Pack (two adult and two child/student tickets, four popcorn and four pop vouchers). Flex Packs are also available, which allow fans to purchase 12 or six-game packages.
“You’ve got people, whose lives are busy, they’ve got children in things, there are so many different things going on right now, so the Flex Pack gives people the option and the flexibility to choose the games that you want to go to at a bit of a savings,” Nyhagen said.
The Hat Trick package remains available this season.
“At the end of the day, we’re just trying to put on a heck of a good show that people want to come and want to be here,” Nyhagen. “At the home opener, the fans were exciting and the atmosphere was great.”
The next action for the Warriors (3-1-0-0) is on Sunday afternoon when they host the Regina Pats (1-3-0-0) at Mosaic Place. The Pre-Game Show is on the air on Country 100 at 3:40 p.m. and the two sides face-off at 4 p.m.