CHiPs for Kids coming to Citizens Business Bank Arena

ChiPs for Kids will be held Wednesday (Dec. 18) from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Those who bring a new, unwrapped toy will receive a free ticket voucher for a future game for the Ontario Fury and Reign.

California Highway Patrol vehicles will be on display. Festivities include a visit from Santa Claus, several guest appearances –including the Reign mascot and players – and free carnival games throughout the day.

Those who do not have toys can purchase one for $10 from the Matel store that will be specially set up for the drive.

The arena’s box office will be open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. so the public can redeem their tickets. In addition, from 11: 30 a.m – 1:30 p.m. there will be a lunch special – hot dog, soda and chips for only $1.

Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway in Ontario.

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No Kobe, no IE fans

In today’s paper I examine the reason for the low turnout for the Los Angeles Lakers game in Ontario on Saturday.

One analyst believes the reason for the unusually low turnout at this weekend’s game in Ontario was the absence of the team’s star, Kobe Bryant.

“Kobe is this team and this brand. When you know Kobe is not going to play, it is going to have a significant effect on attendance,” says Jeff C. Fellenzer, who teaches the course Sports, Business, Media at USC Annenberg.

Here’s the rest of my story.

Lakers play one more game in the Inland Empire tonight but judging the response from this reader, I don’t think things will be different tonight.

 

 

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NASCAR hauler parade to roll through Ontario

The Auto Club 400 Weekend officially gets underway tomorrow when the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hauler Parade makes its way through Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana before ending at the Auto Club Speedway.

The nearly one-mile stretch of hauler trucks will leave Citizens Business Bank Arena at 6 p.m.

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Ontario council member recounts Reindeer Run

Paul Vincent Avila, the newest councilman, had a little fun recounting his experience in Ontario’s annual Reindeer Run /Walk at the Citizens Business Bank Arena and feature a 5K “Reindeer Run” on Dec. 8.

Avila, Mayor Paul Leon and Councilwoman Debra Dorst-Porada all participated in the run. According to Avila, he was quickly challenged by the mayor.

“When I was in the military I was their champion in the brigade, in long distance,” he recalled. “I wasn’t carrying this hardware I was carrying now.”

During the course of the race, Avila told those in attendance at the meeting Tuesday night that he was looking for the mayor because he wanted to beat him but he couldn’t find him. Continue reading

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