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Has anyone been to a hockey (or other professional sport) game?

This Tuesday, we will be going to an Atlanta Thrashers game. This will be my first time going to a professional league sports event. We already have tickets and parking is paid for. The game starts at 7. What time should we arrive there? Anything else I would need to know or expect?

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JeremysMom

Asked by JeremysMom at 10:05 PM on Dec. 18, 2010 in Entertainment

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  • I would get there around 6 and be prepared for a large crowd.
    CarVan

    Answer by CarVan at 10:09 PM on Dec. 18, 2010

  • You can get there about 1/2 an hour before, if you want to look at the souvenirs or watch some of the pre-game stuff (there are sometimes contests)... or avoid lines at the concessions. 15 minutes is long enough to get into your seats, as long as you already have the tickets and get in the right line (don't stand in the line for people without tickets.

    Everything else is pretty obvious: if you want to go to the washroom, don't wait for the break between periods or you'll be there with 300 of your best friends. Don't stand up in front of other people unless you'd like something poured on you the next time you sit down... Don't cheer loudly for the visiting team unless you're among a crowd of their side. Avoid swearing at the officials or at the top of your lungs. Feel free to cheer in general. Watch the game, pucks sometimes end up in strange places and you don't want one coming at your head and not know in time to duck...
    LindaClement

    Answer by LindaClement at 10:09 PM on Dec. 18, 2010

  • I would give yourself at least 45 mins before puck drop. You are going to have so much fun! I have only been to one professional hockey game and several football and baseball games-every time it is a blast!
    AshleyBishop06

    Answer by AshleyBishop06 at 10:28 PM on Dec. 18, 2010

  • I've been to a Boston Red Sox Game. You should get there early due to long lines and bring lots of money since food is expensive! Have fun!
    shanapiv

    Answer by shanapiv at 12:20 AM on Dec. 19, 2010

  • ive been to a lot of professional sports games and they are so much fun! how early to get there depends on what you want to do before the game starts...do want to have your food before the game starts, shop for souvenirs, or wonder around? then get there at least 45 mins early. if they have a special promo (first 1000 fans gets something free) then get there 45 mins early (maybe an hour). if you plan on just going straight to your seats 30 mins is plenty. i like to be an hour early cause sometimes you get to watch the players warm up, but i cant remember if they do that in hockey...its been a while since ive seen a hockey game.

    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 12:47 AM on Dec. 19, 2010

  • also...
    bring cash if you plan on buying food. ive been to several stadiums that dont take cards at the food kiosks & the vendors never take anything but cash. bring twice as much cash as you would think you will need as its expensive...think movie theater prices.

    sometimes they will check your bag to make sure you dont have anything dangerous & arent bringing in your own food/drinks. it really just depends on the stadium, tho.

    if you dont like your seats feel free to move to a different seat (nothing drastic like back row to first row) so long as you understand that you have to move if the seat owners come in. its usually safe to do this about half way thru the game.

    the stadium will be cool (cause of the ice), so dress a little warmer than you would normally...layers are best.

    and most importantly get into it! cheer, jeer, yell...thats the best part about going to a game! have a great time!
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 12:55 AM on Dec. 19, 2010

  • the stadium will be cool (cause of the ice), so dress a little warmer than you would normally...layers are best.


    I was wondering about this. I figured it would be a little cooler but didn't know if it would be warm with all the people there too. Thanks!

    JeremysMom

    Comment by JeremysMom (original poster) at 12:57 AM on Dec. 19, 2010

  • Lucky woman Hockey games are a lot of fun wear layers, and a scarf or some time of shirt that covers your neck and I would get there 15-30 minutes early just to be seated and watch some of the pregame warm ups and some stadiums have pee-wee games which is quite cute. Have Fun!!!!
    liss05

    Answer by liss05 at 10:10 AM on Dec. 19, 2010

  • I've been to a minor league's hockey game but not the pros. I had a blast anyway. Bundle up because it will be cold, even if your seated way up in the stands. The ladies above have got it right. Have Fun!!!
    isabellalecour

    Answer by isabellalecour at 1:31 PM on Dec. 19, 2010

  • I've been to a number of hockey and baseball games.

    Eat beforehand. Stadium food is part of the experience but often ridiculously expensive. If you go hungry, you will end up eating a lot of overpriced junk. Don't stand up to watch, unless the whole stadium is going wild, (like at a goal!) It's rude to the people behind you.

    Time bathroom breaks for the beginning of periods, if you can. The action tends to ramp up right before the end of the period. And between periods is when EVERYONE goes, so expect a HUGE line.

    Take cash. Carry it in your pocket. You won't want to try to keep track of your purse.

    Dress in layers. Hockey stadiums are always cold, but you might get heated up in all the excitement of a good game.

    Also, pay attention to the game. Stray pucks happen, and getting hit hurts if you don't duck in time.

    Most of all, have fun!
    geminilove

    Answer by geminilove at 7:17 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

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