If you are a first time visitor, welcome to my blog!! I hope that you will find this entry very helpful, I know I had a lot of fun writing it. If you are a repeat reader, you already know how much I love Philly sports. I often blog about the Phillies and the Eagles, but now it’s time to talk about my favorite Philly sport: HOCKEY!! I love Flyers hockey for many reasons, but one above all others. My dear, sweet hubby took me to my first live hockey game in October 1993, and we have been together ever since!
I remember that first game well. I was nervous because it was our first date. I was terrified because 2 of his friends were with us, and I had no idea if they would like me or if I would like them. I was ignorant, though, when it came to watching live hockey because it is certainly much more complicated than watching it on TV. Mostly, I had no idea what was going on, the TV made it look so simple.
Tonight, hubby and I are headed to Philly to see our beloved Flyers play the Habs(that is the Montreal Canadiens for those that don’t speak hockey lingo). We generally try to get to a few games a season. This is our date night for the month, so I am really looking forward to it.
Since I was completely ignorant the first time I went to a game, I thought I’d share a few tips for all the women out there that want to watching live hockey. Trust me when I say, there is nothing like it in the world. Except maybe the Superbowl. But since that isn’t happening for our team this year, let’s get back to hockey. One thing I can’t stress enough is to practice common courtesy at sporting events. It is a shame it has to be mentioned, but it is definitely there.
So what does a woman need to know about watching live hockey? Here are some simple tips to make it an enjoyable trip for you:
- Before you go, take the time to find out about the team you are playing. Nothing is embarrassing like not knowing the players names or what team it is. I am not saying you have to know them all, but take a few minutes to research star players, goons, and goalies.
- Take a few moments to check out your route to the game. Do you need tolls? Use a toll calculator to find out the cost, and put that money in your cup holder so that it is ready. Exact change is preferred. And leave early. Calculate the time it will take for you to get there, and add 45 minutes. We usually add 90 minutes because the traffic to Philly can be pretty hairy.
- Dress in layers. Lots of them. This is one of those things that you shouldn’t have to say, but there are ladies out there that don’t know. Yes, the game is inside, but it is still cold. Because there is ice. Lots of it. Don’t be afraid to have a hat with flaps or a pair of gloves. I dress extra warm because I don’t like dragging a coat inside. Too many drunks can spill beer on it. And lastly, do not forget thermal socks. And no cute high-heeled boots. Your feet will love you for it!
- Make sure you have cash. You will need it for parking(which is expensive) and for food. Some vendors will accept credit, but I just don’t trust them. Don’t wait to get money from the ATM inside. Fees all over place. This leads me to my next tidbit.
- Don’t bring a purse in if you don’t have to. One less thing to worry about. Plus, you will have your hands free to clap, cheer, and eat food. And the whole beer spilling thing applies to your purse too. Who wants Miller Lite spilled all over their Coach purse? I don’t.
- Prepared to be offended. Not kidding here. Testosterone + beer= very rude people(ladies, the estrogen can be just as bad). Hockey fends tend to be very, uh, vocal, especially against the “Three Blind Mice”(also know as the refs). Playoff hockey can be especially intense, so be prepared.
So these are just a few of the things you need to know while you enjoy watching live hockey. There really is nothing like hearing the sound of the skates or puck bouncing. And a bonus? Seeing really hot guys(even with no teeth) slamming each other against the boards. Total eye candy.