seb146
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Hockey Where You Are

Sun Jan 20, 2002 4:30 am

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.  Sad 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?
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Cheese-Jet
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RE: Hockey Where You Are

Sun Jan 20, 2002 4:53 am

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.
 
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RE: Hockey Where You Are

Sun Jan 20, 2002 5:14 am

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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KROC
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RE: Hockey Where You Are

Sun Jan 20, 2002 5:21 am

I haven't been to American Airlines new arena yet, but when I caught a Stars game in Reunion Arena I was not impressed. It was old, run down, and dreery.
 
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RE: Hockey Where You Are

Sun Jan 20, 2002 5:27 am

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.

anywho
 
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RE: Hockey Where You Are

Sun Jan 20, 2002 10:20 am

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!
 
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RE: Hockey Where You Are

Sun Jan 20, 2002 10:27 am

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.

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RE: Hockey Where You Are

Sun Jan 20, 2002 10:30 am

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.
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RE: Hockey Where You Are

Sun Jan 20, 2002 11:53 am

Yeah, The PEPSI Center is way cool! (Home of the Colorado AVALANCHE) It's brand new and has everything you need anywhere you want it. AVS Rule!
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Reunion And The Stars

Mon Jan 21, 2002 10:47 am

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
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RE: Hockey Where You Are

Mon Jan 21, 2002 3:59 pm

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
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RE: Hockey Where You Are

Tue Jan 22, 2002 7:27 am

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.

Lots of airline named arenas.

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RE: Hockey Where You Are

Tue Jan 22, 2002 8:09 am

I Think the Canadian and Northern States Arena's are the best 1's
 
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RE: Hockey Where You Are

Tue Jan 22, 2002 8:28 am

The AA center gets quiet real quick, because the Stars suck!  Big grin
 
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RE: Hockey Where You Are

Tue Jan 22, 2002 9:07 am




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.
 
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RE: Hockey Where You Are

Tue Jan 22, 2002 9:40 am

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  Smile

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RE: Hockey Where You Are

Tue Jan 22, 2002 10:46 am

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.
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RE: Hockey Where You Are

Tue Jan 22, 2002 10:49 am

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.
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mls515
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RE: Hockey Where You Are

Tue Jan 22, 2002 12:38 pm



Thanks for the clarification. I guess I had it backwards. So fast ice is thin and cold, but not too cold or it won't melt under the skate well enough.

Oh, not to nitpick, but isn't it the pressure the skate applies to the ice the factor that melts it (increase in pressure = lower melting point) much more so than the friction?

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