Well Panther fans, it’s official. The team has announced that their Ford Face-off Gala & Casino Night is being postponed until further notice.
Set to be held October 10th, this is an evening where Panther fans are able to interact with the team while also supporting the fight against pediatric cancer. (Source: Florida Panthers)
Why was this event postponed?
Honestly, I don’t know the exact reason. However, if given a guess I’d say this NHL lockout has something to do with it.
I know, I know. You’re probably now asking “Why can’t they still do it with a lockout?”
Well, there’s a few reasons, the main one being that this event allows fans the chance to interact with their favorite Panther players. Unfortunately, one of the rules of a lockout is that players and teams can’t advertise themselves in any way. Players can’t make appearances at public events sponsored by the team. With this event, the Panther players are the main attraction. They’re part of the reason this event is held.
The team’s stated that they still plan to hold this event but don’t expect to announce when until a later date. (Source: Florida Panthers)
Regardless, let’s hope this lockout’s settled quickly so more events, specifically those designed to gain new fans, are not forced to be postponed or, even worse, lost altogether.