Stampede becoming 'Fighting Wiener Dogs' on Feb. 23

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - The Sioux Falls Stampede announced on Thursday the team will officially change its name on Saturday, Feb. 23 to the “Sioux Falls Fighting Wiener Dogs.”

The name change is in part to celebrate the 12th annual Sioux Nation Pet Clinic Wiener Dog Races. The Fighting Wiener Dogs will host the Omaha Lancers at 7:05 p.m. at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

The team will showcase a new logo and jerseys for the game that were designed by Tyler Earls Design. The logo features the original Stampede logo replaced with three racing wiener dogs jumping out of a cloud of smoke. The jerseys are white with the wiener dog logo and a navy and gold trim.

Fans will have a chance to win a jersey during a live auction right after the game to benefit Dakota Dachshund Rescue.

There will be all kinds of activities for families before and during the game on Feb. 23. A Kids Zone will be open from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. just inside the main lobby near the Hall of Fame wall and feature bouncy houses and games.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the first 2,000 fans through the main entrance will receive a free Wiener Dog rally towel, compliments of Sioux Nation Pet Clinic. Once inside, fans can meet and greet with some lovable, adoptable dachshunds from Dakota Dachshund Rescue next to the Stampede Pro Shop as well as outside section 112.

Fans can make a sign for their favorite wiener dog at free sign making station just outside Section 101. Free face painting and balloon twisters will be available outside Section 106. Head upstairs to the second level and take your picture at the Fighting Wiener Dogs photo booth outside Section 205. Fans can take their pictures in front of a wiener dog backdrop holding the medals that three lucky dog winners will be going home with at the end of the night.

The wiener dog races will take place during the first and second intermissions. The first intermission will feature two heats of 20 dogs each. The top two finishers from each heat will advance to the Final Four championship race during the second intermission, featuring a winner-take-all race. A special on-ice awards ceremony will take place after the race with awards being handed out to the grand champion and second and third place finishers.

Right after the game fans can meet in Sections 103 and 104 to take part in a live auction with Last Chance Auction Company to benefit Dakota Dachshund Rescue.

Tickets for this historic game are on sale now through the PREMIER Center or any Ticketmaster outlet.