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By: Hamilton Bulldogs
10/11/2013 11:49 AM -

HAMILTON, ONTARIO – The Hamilton Bulldogs and Global Spectrum are proud to announce a major partnership with FirstOntario Credit Union, one of Ontario’s leading financial services providers.

The most significant elements to the agreement are that FirstOntario becomes the exclusive banking partner of Copps Coliseum and Hamilton Place, and FirstOntario has acquired the naming rights to the Copps Coliseum Box Office, now known as the FirstOntario Box Office. Under this new partnership, FirstOntario will also be the presenting partner of the Annual Bulldogs Foundation Walk-A-Thon, a presenting sponsor of Hamilton Bulldogs power plays during all radio broadcasts, as well as many various signage and activation rights.

“We’re excited to be working with FirstOntario for the next three years and activating the FirstOntario brand in our buildings,” said Bulldogs President Stephen Ostaszewicz. “As exemplified by the new design in the Copps Coliseum Box Office, FirstOntario will have a highly-visible presence within the arena and we’re pleased to have them on board as such a significant partner.”

“We are thrilled to take our partnership with FirstOntario Credit Union to the next level. FirstOntario doesn’t have customers, they have members,” said  Global Spectrum’s Scott Warren, General Manager of Copps Coliseum, Hamilton Place and Molson Canadian Studio. “We welcome FirstOntario as a member of our family as we dedicate ourselves to the communities we serve and the guests that enjoy our incredible venues.”

“FirstOntario Credit Union has been a business partner with the Hamilton Bulldogs and the City of Hamilton for a number of years now and we are extremely pleased to extend that relationship,” said Dave Schurman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, FirstOntario Credit Union.  “We believe in supporting our communities and the social and economic impact of nearly a million people attending events at Copps Coliseum and Hamilton Place is vital to the City of Hamilton. FirstOntario is proud to now be the exclusive banking partner.”

The Hamilton Bulldogs have served as the American Hockey League affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens since the 2002-2003 season. During their 11 seasons as the Canadiens’ affiliate, the Bulldogs have been one of the most successful AHL teams on the ice, competing in four Conference Finals (2003, 2007, 2010, 2011) and two Calder Cup Finals (2003, 2007), capturing the City of Hamilton’s first professional hockey championship in 2007.

During the team’s 17 seasons in Hamilton, more than 170 Bulldogs players have gone on to play in the NHL. Having served as the primary tenant at Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum since the 1996-1997 season, the Bulldogs are the seventh-longest tenured team in the AHL and the longest-serving non-NHL professional hockey franchise in Canada.

Global Spectrum manages Copps Coliseum, Hamilton Place, Molson Canadian Studio as well as more than 115 public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 23 million people attended more than 15,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers, Ovations Food Services, New Era Tickets, Paciolan, Front Row Marketing Services and Flyers Skate Zone.

In business since 1939, FirstOntario Credit Union has more than $2.9 billion in assets under management, serves nearly 90,000 Members and offers a full suite of banking products including daily banking, mortgages, lines of credit, loans and investments. FirstOntario is the winner of the 2013 Consumers Choice Award for top-ranking credit union service provider in the City of Hamilton. FirstOntario operates 23 full-service branches and serving 13 communities across the Hamilton, Halton, Niagara, Haldimand/Norfolk and Oxford regions and Membership at FirstOntario is open to anyone. FirstOntario is a proud advocate of the communities we serve and supports many important community organizations. FirstOntario is a founding sponsor for Hive Hamilton, and supports Co-operative Young Leaders (CYL) and youth at risk through Soupfest. FirstOntario also offers a scholastic bursary program and a micro lending program in the Hamilton and Niagara regions.

Hamilton will open its 18th season tonight at 7:30 p.m. against the St. John’s IceCaps at Copps Coliseum. The club will host a home opener street party starting at 5:00 p.m., which will feature food provided by Maple Lodge Farms, family entertainment, sponsor vendors and a beer garden serving Molson-Coors products. Y108 will also be hosting its Drive Show live at the street party from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Hamilton Bulldogs season tickets, flex tickets and group tickets are on sale now. Starting as low as $140 for a 10 pack, we have great packages available for you to enjoy more Hockey Unleashed!  For more information, call 1-866-DOGS-TIX or visit hamiltonbulldogs.com. Single-game tickets are available at the Copps Coliseum FirstOntario Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.ca, or by calling 1-866-DOGS-TIX or 905-529-8500.

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