Our Experience at Pepsi Center

The thirteenth NHL arena we checked off our bucket list…

March 18th, 2018

We hopped on a plane from Anaheim to Colorado!

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

NO RESPONSE FROM THE AVS

So, this is the SECOND game that I goofed up…

& I’ll use the same excuse I did in my previous post.

It’s hard coordinating going to 4 different locations and arenas…

OKAY?

Regardless, it was still a great experience.

Though, in all honesty, a lackluster game…for Red Wings fans at least.

The Red Wings lost to the Avalanche by a 5-1 score.

The Colorado Avalanche marked the 13th NHL Arena (The Ducks being our twelfth) on our bucket list of attending Red Wings games at different NHL Arenas. 

Next stop? TBD…

Our Experience at Honda Center

The twelfth NHL arena we checked off our bucket list…

March 16th, 2018

We hopped in an Uber from LA to Anaheim!

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

NO RESPONSE FROM THE DUCKS

Dad and I were on a bit of a time crunch, driving into Anaheim from LA the day of the game. So, like the previous post we were glad that no one contacted us since we had lots to do in little time!

So, this is the first game that I goofed up…

I’m responsible for booking flights, hotels, and getting the tickets. And dad is the…financial backer shall I say.

We always find a hotel in walking distance to the arena and we sit Behind The Net where the Red Wings shoot on goal twice.

Well, let’s just say at this game, we sat on the opposite side of the arena.

Cut me some slack…

I had to book a 4 destination trip and I dropped the ball.

HOWEVER, it was still a BLAST.

& there was FOUR, yes FOUR fights this game!!

It was crazy and wild and energetic!

The Red Wings lost to the Ducks by a 4-2 score.

The Anaheim Ducks marked the 12th NHL Arena (the LA Kings being our eleventh) on our bucket list of attending Red Wings games at different NHL Arenas. 

Next stop? Colorado

Our Experience at Staples Center

The eleventh NHL arena we checked off our bucket list…

March 15th, 2018

We hopped on a flight from San Jose to LA!

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

NO RESPONSE FROM LA KINGS

Dad and I were just coming off of an awesome 3 days in San Jose and San Fransisco and we didn’t want to have to be in LA any earlier than we had to. So, it really did work in our favor not to be contacted by them.

Our first day in LA was GAME DAY!

The Red Wings lost to the Kings by a 3-1 score.

The Las Angeles Kings marked the 11th NHL Arena (the San Jose Sharks marked our tenth) on our bucket list of attending Red Wings games at different NHL Arenas. 

Next stop? Anaheim

Our Experience at SAP Center

The tenth NHL arena we checked off our bucket list…

March 12th, 2018

We hopped on a flight to San Jose, CA!

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

NO RESPONSE FROM SAN JOSE.

Dad and I were gearing up for what I like to call the California swing + Colorado so I was almost glad no one contacted me because we had some big plans ahead of us!

Our first day in San Jose was GAME DAY!

The Red Wings lost to the Sharks by a 5-3 score

The San Jose Sharks marked the 10th NHL Arena (Vegas Golden Knights being our ninth) on our bucket list of attending Red Wings games at different NHL Arenas. 

Next stop? LA

But first, a pit stop in San Fran….

Below are some pics of our 2 day adventure in San Fransisco where we went to Alcatraz, the Muir Woods Ancient Redwood Forest, the Golden Gate Bridge, rode the Cable Cars and roamed around at the Fisherman’s Wharf.

Our Experience at T-Mobile Arena

The ninth NHL arena we checked off our bucket list…

October 12th, 2017

We hopped on a flight from Arizona to Vegas!

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

I DIDN’T DO IT THIS TIME EITHER.

Granted, I have a good reason for it.

This was THEIR FIRST SEASON IN THE NHL and better yet? This game was

THE FIRST GAME THEY LOST

They had been on fire, a 3 game winning streak, first season in the league. They were (are) IMPRESSIVE

SO, I am thinking they had better things to do than answer an email from a Red Wings fan flying in for their game.

Picture by: Officaldrw SnapChat

Dad and I aren’t huge fans of Vegas, it’s not really our scene.

But, you bet your bottom dollar we went to NoBu again! (Peep my post about New York)

The game was as theatrical as you’d imagine it to be.

Knights ‘killing’ a man with a Red Wings flag before the game started and theatrical plays showcased during the intermissions. It was all in good fun but I have to say it’s completely different than games back at home. Vegas is definitely all about the lights, camera, action!

The Red Wings won to The Golden Knights by a 6-3 score (It was absolutely outrageous with 4 goals in the 3rd period!!!)

The Vegas Golden Knights marked the 9th NHL Arena (Arizona being our eighth) on our bucket list of attending Red Wings games at different NHL Arenas. 

Next stop? San Jose! (or as I like to call this upcoming trip, the California Swing + Colorado)

Our Experience at Gila River Arena

The eighth NHL arena we checked off our bucket list…

October 12th, 2017

We hopped on a flight from Dallas to Arizona!

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

THE COYOTES
DID NOT RESPOND

But in all honestly, it likely wouldn’t have worked out in our favor since we were flying in the day of the game.

So, I’ll give you a kitchen pass, Coyotes.

As I’m sure you can imagine, Arizona doesn’t have too much of a following (cue the cold calls I’ve gotten since the game) so I knew dad and I could score a really awesome ticket.

WE SAT ON THE GLASS!

Which was cool. But, it was so hard to follow the game. I would find myself getting distracted by everything but the plays and it’s not the best place to sit if you want to actually watch the game.

But it was honestly an experience I don’t think dad and I could score anywhere else.

So, thanks Coyotes!

Arizona was cool in the way that Tampa Bay was in that everything was outside and it was a really fun fan experience for bars / music / activities / etc.

The Red Wings won to The Coyotes by a 4-2 score (thanks to Luke Glendening with the shortie to break a tie with 3:24 remaining)

The Arizona Coyotes marked the 8th NHL Arena (Dallas being our seventh) on our bucket list of attending Red Wings games at different NHL Arenas. 

Next stop? VEGAS BABY!

Our Experience at American Airlines Center

The seventh NHL arena we checked off our bucket list…

October 10th, 2017

We hopped on a flight to Dallas!

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

THE STARS
DID NOT RESPOND

I was bummed only because dad and I had 2 special guests that were joining us and I thought that it would be SUPER cool for us to have to royal treatment like we did in Calgary.

We flew into Dallas a day before the game because my sister, Amanda and her husband, Joel live in Texas!

We spent the day roaming around Ft. Worth, going to Top Golf, and eating some yummy food (remember, food is the most important part of a vacation!)

It was super awesome to see the place my sissy spends her days!

The next day was

GAME DAY!

Seeing Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin up close and personal DID NOT DISAPPOINT.
…if ya know what I mean 😉

During the national anthem, the fans yelled STARS during one of the chorus and I thought that was super fun.

The Red Wings lost to The Stars by a 4-2 score

The Dallas Stars marked the 7th NHL Arena (Nashville being our sixth) on our bucket list of attending Red Wings games at different NHL Arenas. 

Next stop? Arizona!

Our Experience at Bridgestone Arena

The sixth NHL arena we checked off our bucket list…

February 4th, 2017

We hopped on a flight to Nashville!

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

I FORGOT TO SEND AN EMAIL.

Oops. Sue me.

ANYWHO,

Each time we go to an NHL arena I am geeked for one reason or another.

Time time, I was geeked because we planned to go to Honky Tonk Central and enjoy some live country music and some Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.

I wish I could find the pics I took of the rooftop bars we Honky Tonked around to, but I can’t seem to find them. If I do, I’ll edit this post and make y’all come back and look at them.

Per our tradition (that you are just learning about now) we go to the arenas NHL store and get a lapel to put on my lanyard to mark yet another NHL arena we traveled to.

We decided since we had ample time before the game started and, we were all Honky Tonked out, we went to their store and got my lapel.

As we were walking out of the store, none other than:
Anthony Mantha
Gustav Nyquist
Andreas Athanasiou
come out of the elevator and head out THE SAME DOORS right in front of me and dad.

Dad doesn’t know what these guys look like without their jersey numbers but naturally, I DO.

So he had no idea why I couldn’t seem to get my feet to work underneath me.

After they walked across the street to their hotel and dad and I walked towards their outdoor “ice rink” I told dad who just walked in front of us and he told me I should’ve gotten a picture.

YA RIGHT. They’re CELEBRITIES in my 23 year old brain and I couldn’t just TALK to them.

My dad laughed and called me a sissy (in a lovingly way) & we went on with our day.

While I imagined what it would’ve been like to just ask for a dang picture…

The Red Wings won to The Predators by a 1-0 score

The Nashville Predators marked the 6th NHL Arena (New York being our fifth) on our bucket list of attending Red Wings games at different NHL Arenas. 

Next stop? Dallas!

Our Experience at Madison Square Garden

The fifth NHL arena we checked off our bucket list…

April 9th, 2016

We hopped on a flight from Boston, MA to New York, NY

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

THE NEW YORK RANGERS
DID NOT RESPOND

Again, I wasn’t surprised.
And that’s not a dig at New York (or from my previous post, Boston) AT ALL!
It’s just the more I games we went to, the more I realized that our journey isn’t all that special – a lot of other fans were doing the same.

I was just as excited for New York as I was for Boston. But for very different reasons.

They city of New York is what drew me in, but Henrik Lundqvist is why I love NYC

& IMAGINE my disappointment when I found out he wasn’t the starting goalie.

It was the LAST game of the season, so it wasn’t that unusual for the starting goalie to take a seat and have the other goalie play the whole game.

I had made a comment to my dad about how annoying it was that he wasn’t playing – I do like him for his talent too, not just his looks 😉

& one of the fans sitting to my left said

“Well, at least you get to see him sitting on the bench without his helmet on”

YAS HUNNY.

Sorry NOT sorry for wearing a Lundqvist jersey.

We sat in the ‘Friends & Family’ section again. The seats were similar to how they were in Boston, center ice. Really great, but again we made the decision to pick our seats the next time we catch a game so we can be in control of where we sit.

After the game, dad and I headed to NoBu, our FAVORITE restaurant to visit when we are in NYC. Since the Rangers game was a matinee game, we had the rest of the day to do whatever we wanted.

We spent close to SIX hours in the restaurant.

It was the most fun I had ever had in a restaurant. My dad just told the server to bring out his favorite dishes and keep them coming until we tapped out.

We went to the NHL Store which was AMAZING. It had ANYTHING you could ever dream of no matter what team you were a fan of.

Needless to say we were full on sashimi and sake and had a BLAST.

The Red Wings lose to The Rangers by a score of 2-3.

New York marked the 5th NHL Arena (Boston being our fourth) on our bucket list of attending Red Wings games at different NHL Arenas. 

Next stop? Nashville!

Our Experience at TD Garden

The fourth NHL arena we checked off our bucket list…

April 7th, 2016

We hopped on a flight to Boston, MA.

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

THE BOSTON BRUINS
DID NOT RESPOND

And I have to say I was not surprised.

But I was geeked to be in Boston.

In my previous post, I talk about how excited I was for Vancouver.
Well, Boston was my American version of Vancouver.

I am OBSESSED with Boston.

I think it’s because I went the year before, with my sister Amanda, and I got to explore the city by myself when she was taking a seminar and it was the first time
I felt truly independent.

Dad and I were apprehensive about wearing our Red Wings gear in their arena. We’ve heard some hockey rumors that Boston fans were not the most pleasant to other fans. So we went incognito and wore Original 6 gear.

But, me being me – I had to wear something to show I was there for the Red Wings…

Drop me a comment if you know what I mean by wear something to show I was there for the Red Wings…
Hint: Peep my hat.

This was the first game we went to where we decided to utilize our resources being Season Ticket Holders – we were on a mission to get the coveted ‘Friends & Family’ tickets.

We sat center ice, lower bowl. Which were awesome seats. But it was the first time we sat center ice. We are accustomed to sitting Behind The Net 18ish rows back where the Red Wings shoot twice.

But, it was a cool experience to sit there. And we sat next to T. Campbell of Tunes by T. It was really neat to sit by someone who worked for the organization and knew a lot about the game and the players.

The Red Wings lose to The Bruins by a score of 2-5.

Boston marked the 4th NHL Arena (Vancouver being our 3rd) on our bucket list of attending Red Wings games at different NHL Arenas. 

Next stop? New York!

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