When my older son was 3.5 years old, we took him to his first Bridgeport Sound Tigers game. He’s been hooked ever since. Every January/February we find a Sunday, 3:00 p.m. game to attend. This year my younger son is finally old enough to join in this family fun experience. Over the years my family has attended a half dozen games, each game better than the last.
The Sound Tigers, a minor league team for the NY Islanders, makes hockey accessible to all. As a family that manages food allergies, we have never felt uncomfortable or unsafe in the arena. The vendors are knowledgeable and friendly, as well as affordable. Also, because the organization cares more about health than making money, they allow us to bring in a snack or two. (We have to get clearance before the game off of the website, but it’s very easy and fast). My boys are even members of the Sound Tigers fan club! The membership is free and gets them each a free ticket to a game.
Being a family friendly team, the Sound Tigers have many promotions. They promote summer reading by having a CHET giveaway. Throughout the season they have a variety of promotions, including jersey night, character skates, and my sons’s favorite, bobblehead giveaways. They also work with local schools to give opportunities for choirs to sing. Another way the Sound Tigers give back is by supporting ice rinks and hockey teams around the state. They even do birthday parties and Zamboni rides.