We’re two months away from the AFL’s 2011 kickoff, and at least one month until teams convene for training camps. News will be slow going until then, but the SaberCats are doing a good job of trying to get people involved early on, if their latest Facebook promotion is any indication.
The gist of which is this, if you’re one of the first 500 people to “Like” the San Jose SaberKittens (the SaberCats cheerleaders, not some sort of developmental team … though if injuries occur, we’ll see) on Facebook, you’ll be entered to win a VIP fan experience for the team’s first game since returning to the AFL on March 11th against the defending champions, the Spokane Shock.
What does a “VIP fan experience” constitute? That’s unclear as of right now, but one could assume it likely begins with the lovely SaberKittens themselves, the catalyst for this whole promotion. If that’s not enough to coax you into clicking the “Like” button, something may be wrong with you to start, but one could also expect some delicious food, perhaps something of the meet and greet variety and things of that nature. The HP Pavilion is a wonderful arena to be given VIP treatment in, and the first day of the SaberCats’ return could be a historic occasion.
The official San Jose SaberCats Facebook page can be found here.
The official page for the San Jose SaberKittens (the one that will enter you into the contest), can be found here, and is sitting at 113 “Likes” at the time of writing this article.
In other news …
The SaberCats have announced a deal with Comcast SportsNet that will broadcast all nine of the team’s road games for the 2011 season, along with the home opener on March 11th (maybe the VIP fan experience will include a little bit of TV time). The deal will include weekly SaberCats programming, probably much in the same vein as the programming currently in place for the other Bay Area teams on CSN Bay Area and CSN California.
“Comcast SportsNet is the home for all Bay Area sports and we are excited about them broadcasting our games this upcoming season,” said Owner/Head Coach Darren Arbet. “As we return in 2011, we are looking forward to our fans being able to watch us throughout the season as we make a run at ArenaBowl XXIV.”
Pretty lofty expectations for a team just entering the league, but considering their first season in the previous iteration of the AFL, probably not out of the realm of realism.