The Maine Red Claws became Maine’s newest professional sports team in 2009 with a boisterous press conference held in a jam-packed auditorium. Since that time, the team has quickly grown to become the model of a successful minor league franchise.
The NBA Development League affiliate of the Boston Celtics and Charlotte Bobcats, the Red Claws have sold out every game of their two-year existence, making the venerable Expo one of the toughest buildings in the league for opponents. With a seating capacity of 3,045, the Expo provides fans with an intimate game experience where they are on top of the action. Fun, family entertainment at affordable prices, Red Claws season tickets begin at just $240, while individual game tickets can be purchased for $5 – $30.
The Red Claws, whose presenting sponsoring is Quirk Chevrolet, have forged corporate partnerships with more than 75 of Maine’s top companies. The team became one of the first NBA or NBA D-League teams to develop a co-branded product for retail sale with the launch of Gritty’s Red Claws Ale, which is available in bars and restaurants and through area retailers. Shortly after Red Claws Ale hit the market, the team launched the Hoopie Pie with iconic Wicked Whoopies/Isamax Snacks and this spring. The team’s third co-branded product, Red Claws Crunch Ice Cream and the Crusher Crunch Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich was unveiled in partnership with Shaker Pond Ice Cream this spring.
In just two seasons, the Red Claws have built a reputation as a caring and involved community partner. The team proudly wears “Maine” across the front of their jerseys while playing teams across the country. Here at home, the Red Claws make every effort to make an impact throughout the state. Whether it is through the sponsorship of the statewide MRPA/Maine Red Claws Hot Shots program, barnstorming from Houlton to Kittery with the Dunkin’ Donuts Summer Clinic Series, renovating community basketball courts or making more than 200 community and charitable appearances each season, the Red Claws pride themselves on being Maine’s team.
“The New England Council has been representing the interests of businesses for a very long time,” said Red Claws President General Manager Jon Jennings. “As a business new to the area, we wanted to take advantage of their expertise.”