On Saturday March 5 the Reading Royals welcomed boy scouts and girl scouts from the Reading area to enjoy a night at Santander Arena as the team took on the Wheeling Nailers as part of the Fifteenth Anniversary Community Series.
Throughout the season the Royals host a number of different theme nights to celebrate fifteen years of providing entertainment and support to the local community. These nights include Scout Night, Autism Awareness Night, and Shelter night to name a few.
In honor of Scout Night, the nation’s colors were presented during the national anthem by a local cub scout pack. The Reading Royals donned Scout themed jerseys that were auctioned off post game. All proceeds from the auction went to the Hawk Mountain Council-Boy Scouts of America.
The atmosphere inside Santander Arena was filled with a sense of community. The crowd cheered nonstop throughout the game and the Royals organization did not skimp on the entertainment.
There were small contests for fans taking place all around the arena including one where one lucky fan took home a $100 gift card for Vanity Fair Outlets because he was wearing Lee Jeans. Another young fan was thrilled to win a $25 gift card from Visions Credit Union and announced that she would be purchasing My Little Ponies.
Walking through the concourse of the arena the feeling of community was all around. Fans waiting in line for food would strike up conversations with each other. Waiting in line for the popular crab fries at Chickie’s and Pete’s, fans were given the chance to look at a collection of hats collected from various games in which Royals’ players scored hat tricks.
Coinciding with Scout Night was the celebration of Slapshot’s, the Royals’ mascot, birthday. As part of the celebration, the arena played host to mascots from various local organizations who roamed throughout the stands greeting fans.
Two lucky fans were given the opportunity to walk out onto the ice with the mascots and lead the crowd in a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” to honor the 15-year-old lion mascot.
Despite a 4-3 loss to the visiting Nailers, the evening was yet another successful part of the Community Series.