Day 2 of our California Christmastime Trip and it was a big day! We had 2 games plus a stadium tour, so no time to sit around! Except maybe we should have taken some time to sit around... Joel had an anxiety attack the morning of day 2 (not everything on these trips goes perfect, unfortunately). But he was a rock star and rallied for a great day!
In our travels, I've found that hockey games are often the most expensive to get great seats. For some reason on this trip, though, I got really great seats for a great price. Maybe it had to do with it being an afternoon game right before Christmas. I got the tickets off of StubHub, and they were in a season ticket holder section. We were midway up the first section from the ice right by where the opposing team came out of the tunnel, which just so happened to be the Colorado Avalanche. The crowd was rowdy from the opening light show (super cool) to the overtime shootout. This game was the start of Stadium Chaser Rule #1- never leave a game before it's over. Seeing a shootout was crazy cool, especially when the home team wins!
If you're wondering about the super cool sweatshirts we have on in the pictures, we got them for free! Well, sort of. We signed up for a discounted subscription to the Wall Street Journal. It was like $12 for 4 months and we got a free sweatshirt and blanket. And after Joel's anxiety attack, his clothes were a little damp and we definitely needed something warm for him, so it was perfect! However, as with most things like this, there is a catch. When the discounted trial ended, you were on the hook for a much greater price. You can cancel before you get to the point, but they're betting you will forget (or maybe that you'll actually like the subscription). I definitely almost forgot and it wasn't super easy to cancel, so I ended up paying full price for a month. Probably not worth it for these crappy sweatshirts, but you live and you learn!
We were near Dodger Stadium in the morning, so I got a smoothie at a random and rather run down smoothie spot. Very average and not really worth noting the name of the place, which is great because I've forgotten by this point. We were running late by the time we made it to the game, so I ended up just eating at the stadium. I was rather average and nothing was really memorable (I promise these sections will be better in the future).
Similar to the Lakers game, we parked right by the stadium for pretty cheap. Hockey is honestly one of the sports I'm least familiar with, but I've slowly but surely been learning because it is so fun to watch. I am pretty sure they can do more on ice than I can do on land- it's crazy. Hockey fans are a different breed too, but in a good way. There was some lady at the bottom of our section (who we were told is a season ticket holder) who hollered the whole game. I couldn't really hear exactly what she was saying, but I really hope she was talking trash to the other team. She had zero regard for the people around her though. Most people stood for overtime but not before then. She had zero shame though and stood the whole game. I had to respect it.
The Kings went on to win the Stanley Cup the year we went to this game, so we've become kinda sorta Kings fans. Living in Montana, there really isn't a regional team, which can suck sometimes, but it also has its benefits. I am a die hard Red Sox fan; Joel is a die hard Raiders fan. But for everything else, we don't have particularly strong allegiances, so we can get on board with fun stories and teams. I'll never claim to be a lifer, but it makes more games interesting, I think. Even if some people think I'm a bandwagoner :)
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Just a couple of sports fans touring the world, one stadium at a time.