Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 10686 posts, RR: 16 Posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 703 times:
I went to the Rose Garden last night and watched the Portland Winterhawks defeat the Tri-Cities Americans 4-1. I'm an Ams fan, but I like watching the home team win. I was disappointed because it didn't "smell" like a hockey arena. Guess I'll wait till they are back in Memorial Coliseum. I noticed while I was there, several people seemed to be drinking beer and eating popcorn. It occured to me that at Key Arena in Seattle, they sip lattes and eat teryaki chicken. What is unique, food wise, about your hockey arena?
Cheese-Jet From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 70 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 680 times:
At Continental Airlines arena here in Jersey, it's pretty run-of-the-mill food-wise. They keep the caps from the water bottles when you buy one, and they don't care if half of the bag of popcorn is spilled at the counter (you get the corn when you pay) and they get mad if you ask for a full one.
Blink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5453 posts, RR: 18 Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 674 times:
I think the American Airlines Center SUCKS. Food wise, you can basically get just about anything. The chicken tenders and french fries are excellent for some reason. Pizza Hut has several concessions also.
In box seats, its amazing what they have. Unfortunately, I don't have the money to sit up there.
The food is good, but for the main part(the game), the seating area is absolutely the WORST. The seating bowl is too steep at the very top, and also too high, and the "room" is way too open. I like the cramped and cluttered Reunion Arena a million times better.
AA Center's cold, fast ice gives the stars a disadvantage. The Stars are a slower team. Not only that, but they put the jumbotron way too high so people in the lower seats can't see it at all.
Point I am trying to make, I think the American Airlines Center was a waste of money. If Hicks and Perot Jr. Wanted it built, they should have paid for it, not make the taxpayers pay for something that just narrowly passed.
I heard that it got approved, but not by the narrowest of margins. My parents voted No on it, and I can see why.
I want Reunion Arena back.
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Spyderz From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 651 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 668 times:
At General Motors Place the food typical hockey concession food. You can get a wide variety of things though, including some good slurppies! As for spectator seating, every seat is a good one (and I would know since I've sat everywhere). It's by far the nicest areana I've been to, and it feels quite cozy. As for Skyreach Center and the Pengrowth Saddeldome, they're nice, but the architecture lage behind.
KaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1587 posts, RR: 7 Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 656 times:
here at America West Arena in Phoenix its the usual. However I noticed a southwestern theme is being more present now. People with taco's, burrito's and other mexican/south western type foods. its a good start I guess to something different!
Atb2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 653 times:
At the Corel Centre you pretty much get everything a normal NHL arena has to offer food wise. There is a Hard Rock cafe on the site as well as another restaurant owned by a former player. I find the seats to be very confortable and even in the upper bowl, the seats still offer a great view of the ice. As for the building where the Senators used to play, it is more suited to junior hockey where the emphasis isnt so much on customer satisfaction, but the product on the ice.
N312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2679 posts, RR: 17 Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 650 times:
Here in Detroit at the Joe Louis Arena (home of the Detroit Red Wings), you can get anything but mostly Pizza.. As the owner of the Red Wings is Mike Illitch, who is also the owner of the Tigers, and owner of Little Caesar's Pizza. We also have the Plymouth Whalers who play at the CompuWare Arena in Plymouth.. Basic minor league hockey... Nice arena.
Sccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5242 posts, RR: 27 Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 631 times:
Gotta agree with the Blinkster here; the AA center may be new and beautiful (it is that), and the huge models of all the old AA aircraft hanging up are cool, but as far as a hockey house goes, Reunion had it all over the AA.
In any event, the Stars were tough to beat at Reunion, and they don't seem to have the same intensity at the AA.
Ironic, that the Mavs seem to love the new house.
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Blink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5453 posts, RR: 18 Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 624 times:
Sccutler, I think some of the Stars players commented on Reunion Arena by saying a lot of things such as "It was really loud" "The ice gave us a distinct advantage" and I remember Mike Modano saying "The crowd is on top of the ice"
In the AA center, it gets quiet real easily, and the visitors locker rooms are luxurious compared to the cramped visitors locker room of Reunion. I have heard from some teams that it was the worst in the league.
Reunion gave the stars a lot of distinct advantages. The AA center doesn't have any of those.
As for the models- I didn't see the MD-11 up there.
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Che From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 537 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 619 times:
Well here in Cleveland we have the Barons (AHL). Food is the usual... Gund arena is not a bad place. Unfortunately the Barons only average 1-2,000 fans a game. Hockey is real popular in Cleveland, I gues just not the pros.
I cant wait to take the 2hr drive down to Nationwide Arena to see the Columbus Bluejackets (NHL) play. Somehow they seem to sell out just about every game and the new arena looks pretty nice.
The only other NHL arena's Ive been to are the Igloo in Pittsburgh and Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3071 posts, RR: 9 Reply 14, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 609 times:
I thought that colder ice was softer (like for figure skating) and that ice closer to the freezing point is faster. Anyway, I don't see what they can't adjust it to an optimal level for the Stars.
We have no pro hockey in Iowa, but the USHL is an amateur leage that has an enthusiactic following. The players are under 20 years old and are playing to get noticed by college recruiters and other scouts. Four teams out of the 13 team league are in Iowa.
The top teams draw 2000+ to their games which is better than many pro teams in the minor leagues. Players in the USHL are going somewhere. Players in those minor pro leagues aren't going anywhere.
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 55 Reply 15, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 604 times:
The FleetCenter in Boston is pretty decent in all respects. Comfortable seats...but my favourite is the personal service wait service you receive if you're seated in the good seats. Usually I'm not, but one time...it was memorable
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JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 12 Reply 16, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 598 times:
Mls, warm ice is softer and slower. I hate playing on it because its so damn tiring!!!! But to the other extreme, its true ice can be too cold to be skatable. The physics of skating require the ice to very breifly and temporarily melt under the edge of the blade in order for the skate to slide across it. You're really skating on a very thin microscopic layer of water, and the friction of the skate creates it. But for it to be too cold to allow the friction to melt it, it would have to be pretty friggen cold. I'm talking sub-artic 'wouldn't wanna be there anyway' ice.
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 12 Reply 17, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 595 times:
Also, thinner ice is harder. I think hockey rinks are at best an 1/8" thick. Thicker ice is softer on the surface. Since the cooling comes from under the ice, ice that's too thick will literally insulate itself from the cooling source, thus becoming soft and shiddy.