Our Experience at Amalie Arena

The first NHL arena we checked off our bucket list…

February 8th, 2014

Our first arena to check off on our bucket list!

I have this…tradition shall I say, to email each NHL Arenas Season Ticket Holder staff before we make our journey to their arena.


But that’s okay. At the time, I was upset because I thought:

“How cool are me and my dad????? Flying all the way from Detroit to watch a game?!?! We are going to be like…the only Red Wings fans there!”

Spoiler Alert: We definitely were not.

In fact, there were MORE Red Wings fans there than Lightening fans!

Which honestly, was pretty cool. I was not expecting it, even after dad told me a million times that the Red Wings travel well.

I think it was in that moment, that my ego was deflated a little bit because I felt REALLY COOL thinking that someone from the team was going to spot me because I’d be one of the few people in red. I would’ve had a better chance standing out if I wore BLUE!

But dad and I had an awesome time. His good friends, the Hirsh’s, took us out to dinner by the arena and joined us at the game.

The Amalie Arena was unlike anything I had experienced. Being in Florida, they can really utilize the outdoors and boy did they!

Outside bars, music, games, etc.

It was definitely something that we’d maybe only get to do for two months in Detroit during hockey season.

The Red Wings lose to The Lightening by a 2-4 score

The Tampa Bay Lightening marked the 1st NHL Arena on our bucket list of attending Red Wings games at different NHL Arenas. 

Next stop? Calgary!

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