Women’s Hockey Looks to Break Program's Attendance Record at “White the Bright”
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's hockey team will host its first "White the Bright" game Feb. 8 when archrival Yale visits Bright Hockey Center with the goal of breaking the program's attendance record. The Crimson's record since women's hockey became an NCAA sport is 1,921 fans, set Jan. 11, 2004 in a matchup with Dartmouth.
Harvard will provide a number of ways to receive free tickets, while also having free giveaways and gameday promotions for fans. Attendees are especially encouraged to wear white in an attempt to "White the Bright." Any fan that wears white will be able to spin the Harvard Athletics' prize wheel to win prizes such as t-shirts, rally towels and more.
There are increased incentives for Harvard undergraduate students to attend "White the Bright" Feb. 8. Students can stop by the Harvard marketing table prior to the game to pick up a free white "Beat Yale" t-shirt and also get free pizza and other food. All students who swipe into the game will receive another entry into the Student Rewards spring semester grand prize.
● Faculty/Staff Night – All Harvard faculty and staff receive up to four free tickets
● Community Night – All Allston/Brighton/Cambridge residents enter free
● Coke Family Four Pack – Four tickets and four free Cokes for $20, plus a chance to win Family of the Game
● All youth 12 and under enter free
● Youth Hockey Ticket Offer – Coaches and a select number of parents enter free
During the game, there will be more to do than just watch the No. 2-ranked Crimson take on Yale. Besides the prize wheel and student incentives, there will also be a youth hockey raffle and promotions during each intermission, including the always popular HUECU Chuck-A-Puck. The youth hockey raffle will enter all teams in attendance into a drawing to win a free PHD program at the Feb. 23 game against No. 2 Clarkson. All youth teams are encouraged to stop by the marketing table to enter the PHD raffle, grab a free rally towel and participate in a sign-making station with white signs and decorations.
After the event your ticket stub can be redeemed for 15% off your entire bill at Cambridge, 1 restaurant in Harvard Square on either Friday or Saturday.
Led by Katey Stone, who doubles as The Landry Family Head Coach for Women's Hockey and Team USA's Olympic head coach, the Crimson is off to one of the best starts in program history and has gained a top-two ranking for the first time since 2008. Harvard has been strong on both ends of the ice with senior co-captain Jillian Dempsey ranking at No. 2 in the country in goals per game (1.23) and fellow captain Laura Bellamy holding the No. 1 spot in goals-against average (0.60) and save percentage (.967).
Top 5 Attended Games Since 1999-2000
1,921 – Sunday, January 11, 2004 vs. Dartmouth, L 1-2
1,741 – Friday, February 7, 2003 vs. Dartmouth, W 2-1
1,727 – Saturday, March 8, 2008 vs. Clarkson, W 3-0
1,611 – Friday, February 25, 2005 vs. Dartmouth, W 4-3
1,497 – Saturday, March 15, 2008 vs. Dartmouth, W 5-1