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GRIFFINS TO CLOSE OUT 2004 WITH A BANG (ACTUALLY, MORE LIKE 600)

West Michigan’s Largest Indoor Fireworks Display Follows New Year’s Eve Bash

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.
– A first-of-its-kind indoor fireworks display will bring a raucous conclusion to 2004 this Friday night when the Grand Rapids Griffins host their annual New Year’s Eve Bash at Van Andel Arena. Game time against the Hamilton Bulldogs is set for 7:30 p.m.

Immediately following the game, Griffins fans will enjoy the largest indoor pyrotechnics show ever staged in West Michigan. The spectacular four-to-five-minute event will feature 600 pieces of pyrotechnic effect being shot from points across the ice surface and from the arena rafters.

The show is being produced by Chicago-based Strictly FX, the country’s premier special effects producer for events. Strictly FX’s distinguished clients have included President George W. Bush, Super Bowl XXXVIII, the 2004 MLB All-Star Game, several NFL and NBA teams, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, and music artists such as Toby Keith, Jay-Z, R. Kelly and P. Diddy.

As part of the night’s festivities, every fan will receive a noisemaker that they’ll use to help ring in the New Year as it arrives in other parts of the world. A Max & Erma’s Post-Game Family Fun Skate with WSNX will take place after the fireworks show, and fans can enjoy the pre-game Friday Fun Fest, featuring live music, games and activities on the arena concourse.

Tickets for the New Year’s Eve Bash are currently available through Star Tickets Plus outlets (222-4000 or 800-585-3737), all West Michigan Meijer stores and The Zone, located on the west side of Van Andel Arena. They may also be purchased on-line at griffinshockey.com. In addition, as with every Friday home game, fans may purchase a “Subway Family Four Pack,” which offers four tickets, four Subway Fresh Meal Deals and parking, for just $44.

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