A couple of weeks ago, the Front Office announced that the start time for the March 28th game against the Los Angeles Kings had been moved up from 7:00pm to 5:00pm CST. I didn't really think much about it at first because we have often done that in the past for various reasons. My main assumption as to why we moved the time up was due to our away game against Detroit the very next evening at 4:00pm CST. Moving the game up a couple of hours ensures us a little extra cushion time for travelling and less rush going into another city that night. However, after I thought about it further, it occurred to me that Saturday, March 28th held more signifigance than just another game day on the schedule.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has declared 8:30pm (local time wherever you live) on 3.28.09 Earth Hour: 2009. Nashville has been chosen to serve as one of the key cities in this movement to "Vote Earth" and raise awareness about global warming. The Sommet Center is one of (currently) 177 Nashville businesses and campuses committed to turning off all non-essential lights for one hour on March 28th starting at 8:30pm.
This is not the only stride this season that the Predators organization has made towards a greener, cleaner environment. At the beginning of the season, the Predators partnered with Smurfit-Stone by placing recycling receptacles throughout the arena, encouraging fans to recycle all aluminums and plastics during and after every home game. In addition, the 2008-2009 media guide was presented in an electronic format and the Front Office's use of electronic forms increased dramatically as well.
Cloth tote bags will be handed out to all fans in attendance on March 28 courtesy of the Sommet Group. I do believe that is the most well-thought out freebie of the season. The game will also serve as a kickoff for Earth Hour in Nashville.