Thursday, January 3, 2008

worth every snowflake

The Ice Bowl in all its glory on New Year's Day 2008 - the National Hockey League Winter Classic in the middle of an open air football stadium transformed into hockey arena! The nice man behind our seats took our photo above so you can see the ice behind us. Then, pyrotechnics to welcome players into the stadium. Here's a quick recap of the day's events:

Best quote: "We have to stand the whole ride?" said husband, when we piled onto the metro game day express bus, standing room only. The ride was only 30 minutes, but the bus took another 30 minutes to find its parking spot and let us out.

Best fan equipment: self-heating hand warmers. According to our experience and overhead conversations on the bus ride home, the warmers don't work as well in shoes/boots.

Best concession treat: cheese and pepperoni pizza that husband bought in the middle of the third period, when teams switched sides (due to weather, fairness, blah, blah). He even had time to go to the bathroom and didn't miss a minute of play. There were many long delays to due ice conditions.

Worst concession treat: hot chocolates purchased by the guy next to us. He missed the entire second period to buy the drinks, got back to his seat, and said to his wife, "that was a disaster".

Best commercial on jumbo-tron while we waited for long intervals to fix the ice: TIE between Ryan Miller wins "yo mama" contest in Chinese and "You're the Best Baby in the World!!!" new dad/crazy hockey fan.

Most surreal play action: watching players whack at the puck to try to ice it, only to see the puck shuffle through the snow in slow motion. I remember that it snowed almost the entire game. We also stood in our seats (22nd row from field, behind Pittsburgh players bench) during the entire play time because people in front stood...

Best game moment: walking into the stadium and taking it all in, this historic NHL event, and realizing that WE'RE PART OF IT!


ThursdayNext said...

My beau and I watched the game (he is a huge hockey fan and went to Buffalo University so we cheered for Buffalo) and were *amazed* how all of the fans stood strong in the snow and cold! How are like a rock star to me! Thanks for sharing all the ins and outs of the experience!

Teacher -n- Training said...

Sounds great! I can't imagine staying in the cold and snow that much time!

Natalie said...

Sounds fun, and cold!

Orchid in the Bronx said...

Did I tell you that I played ice hockey in high school? Great sport for both watching and playing. Suiting up used to take almost an hour.

WendyB said...

The hot chocolate SOUNDS like a good idea :-(