Re: What are the most visiting fan friendly rinks?
posted at 7/18/2014 3:48 PM EDT
Hmmm, here are some of the arenas I've been too.
Philly was the worst, by far. But I'm also talking Spectrum here, not Wachovia. Seriously belligerent fans. I wore a Bruins hat to a game vs. Boston and actually did not feel very safe. I went with some hockey teammates at the time who were Flyers fans and literally insisted on escorting me to the concessions/restrooms. Saw a guy in the next section get jumped by two guys. Yep, he was wearing a Bruins jersey. This is why I enjoy the annual failure from that team.
Denver is real nice. Good arena and spirited fans (most of the time), and nobody harasses visiting fans. Downtown arena. Tons of transplants out here so there are a LOT of visiting fans (about 50/50 for Detroit, Chicago, Boston, etc.)
Isles games are kind of underrated I think. Dumpy arena, but because it's small, you feel close to the ice. Tickets are easy to get, and travel isn't bad. Didn't have any problems with fans, but you never know with New Yorkers.
Went to Tampa and Florida for Bruins games this year. Tampa was cool. The arena is right downtown and the area outside was pretty fun. Great hockey themed sports bar nearby with lots of Boston stuff and waitresses that your wife would not like. Friendly fans too.
You won't believe how far the Panthers arena is from Miami, but I liked the cheap tickets and tropical atmosphere. Parking was brutal and I was sweating like a wh*re in church for the 1st period from the walk. Fans were fine, but like Tampa you see some rookie behavior (fans' actual names on their jerseys, lots of cell phone checking). Ice girls are hotter than in Boston. You can't find NAS anywhere.
I wonder what people say about Boston. Bet it's not great.