For the first time since Alec Martinez scored an overtime goal in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final, hockey will return to the Madhouse on Madison on Monday night as the Chicago Blackhawks hold their annual “Training Camp Festival.”
The event, which is sold out, will feature a live practice by the team and scrimmages by the team, and fans are encouraged to arrive early. Doors to the venue open at 5 p.m., and the first 12,000 fans that enter the United Center will receive a special-edition Duncan Keith bobblehead. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you want the experience of sitting in the 100-level for a game, it’s highly advised that you get in line early to get to your preferred spot.
Things will get started at 3 p.m. in Lot C at the United Center, with live music, giveaways from the Blackhawks street team, and interactive games and activities. Blackhawks memorabilia will also be on sale at the event, and the Blackhawks Store will have a tent outside for fans looking to pick up their Brad Richards jerseys and t-shirts.
Once the festivities move inside for the scrimmage and practice, fans will be treated to the full assortment of gameday activities, including the National Anthem (sung by the one and only Jim Cornelison), and player introductions. Hawks players will also be interviewed on the bench during the scrimmage so fans will get an up-close-and-personal look at what players are thinking down at ice level.
For other assorted information, including parking (which is free for the event) info, you can visit the Blackhawks’ official website.