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Dollar Dogs not exclusive to the Phillies

The Flyers have a Dollar Dog Night set for next Thursday, while all three complex teams are beginning their Toys for tots push.

Dollar Dogs not exclusive to the Phillies

With the economy taking a bigger bite out of everyone’s wallet, you gotta figure the Dollar Dog promotion will increase in popularity.



The Phillies ran seven of those during the 2008 campaign, all of which were hugely popular. And the Flyers are following suit, running a similar promotion for the third straight season. The next one is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Center when Carolina comes to town. Hot dogs are $1 apiece, and there are no limits to how many fans can buy.



Shawn Tilger, Flyers Senior VP of Business Operations, said the team ran one last November and 18,912 hot dogs were consumed by many of the 19,312 in attendance. “It’s one of our most popular promotion,” he wrote in an e-mail. “We are looking at dates for our next Dollar Dog Night, most likely in February or March.”


Meanwhile, all three teams – the Flyers, Sixers and Phantoms -- are asking their fans to bring a new, unopened toy with them to the Center during a selected game night to help those less fortunate this holiday season. The Comcast-Spectacor Foundation, the charitable arm of the three teams, is directing the initiative.



“In the spirit of the holidays we are asking our fans to help us help those less fortunate,” Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko said in a release. “We’re hoping to collect more than 15,000 toys which will truly help put smiles on the faces of thousands of young people throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region this holiday season.”





That begins with tonight’s Flyers game vs. the Devils and Saturday’s Sixers game vs. the Nets.



The Phantoms are asking their fans to bring toys with them games against the Lowell Devils on Friday, Dec. 19, or against the Norfolk Admirals on Saturday, Dec. 20. Both games will be played at the Wachovia Spectrum.



Fans who bring toys to support any of the three toy drives will receive the following offers: $25 tickets to select Flyers games, $10 tickets for select 76ers games, buy one get one free to select Phantoms and Wings games, and a 10 percent off discount at the Fan Gear store.

Paul Vigna
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Paul Vigna still has the seat he wrestled out of the concrete at Connie Mack Stadium parked in the finished basement, a 1980 Phillies championship mirror hanging above it. Now, why he’s kept an autograph of former Flyer Bruce Gamble on a sheet of Hockey Hall of Fame paper is another story. A native of Philly who grew up in Lansdale, he’s an assistant sports editor at the Daily News in charge of special projects who has written two columns related to sports and consumers: View From the Seats and Savvy Consumer.

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