If there’s anything better than a long weekend getaway, it’s a long weekend getaway to see your favorite team play in someone else building. Some cities you won’t want to go because you know there is absolutely nothing to see and do there. But there are plenty of places worth seeing, and unless you have quite a large travel budget, seeing everything takes a long time.
Personally, I’ve seen MSG (New York Rangers), Nassau Coliseum (New York Islanders), Pepsi Center (Colorado Avalanche), Staples Center (Los Angeles Kings) and The United Center (Chicago Blackhawks). (Names and sponsorship may have changed, so I’m going with what buildings where called when I was there.) Not all of these were for Flyers games, and one of them wasn’t even for a hockey game (Chicago). Still, that means I’ve seen only 6 buildings, leaving me 24 short of the full cycle. None of my friends have done much (or any) hockey related traveling. So if I wanted to get some advice on where I should try to see a game, I wouldn’t really get a reliable answer.
Common sense will tell you that you’re just better off picking a fun city, and going to the game simply because you want to see your team play. But what if you wanted to actually know about the fans and the traditions and the arena? Do you have someone that can help you out? Someone that you actually trust? Of course if you go on a message board of an opposing team and ask if their city is fun, chances are you’ll get a ton of biased opinions. And it’s also a bunch of work, surfing through tons of message boards from teams across the league trying to gauge where you should go.
Well there is a site out there that makes things a bit easier, called Stadium Journey. They break down arena’s based on food, the crowd, the neighborhood, and a few other things. The site isn’t perfect because they don’t have any sort of ranking system. But at least you can go to one place and within a few clicks, know a lot more than you do now about various other buildings. And if you like minor leagues (AHL and even ECHL) or other sports. they’ve got that covered too. I think it’s a cool concept that has a ton of room to grow and expand. Check it out, and happy travels.
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