For a couple of years now Coca Cola has been offering hockey fans here in Toronto the chance to win free tickets to go watch a Maple Leafs exhibition game. Canadians love their hockey and to go watch a Leafs game is like being able to go watch a baseball game at Fenway Park, a football (soccer) game in Santiago Bernabeu, or a basketball game at the Staples Center. While I’m not a huge hockey fan, I have been following the boys in blue since the early 90’s when they had Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour. So to finally have a chance to go watch the Leafs at the Air Canada Centre, and have gold seats/tickets made me feel overwhelmingly euphoric.
Ordinarily these tickets are very expensive to buy, despite the fact that the Leafs haven’t won the Stanley Cup since 1967. A friend of mine once told me that parents put the names of their babies on a waiting list with hope’s that one day their kid (as an adult) will be able to buy season tickets. Win or lose Toronto loves the Leafs. So when I finally got to the ACC, despite it being the new home of the Leafs it wasn’t so much the building that made it all exciting but seeing all the fans and how much they love and support our team that made it special.
The inside of the ACC is very stylish and clean, and the staff was kind and courteous (maybe because it was the first game). The seats were comfortable and the view was better than any television coverage can match. My only complaint about my visit was how expensive food and beverage was, but I guess it’s no different from any other sports stadium I’ve been to. Although the Leafs lost that night 5-0, I still had lots of fun and even got to see a fight up close and personal. So here’s hoping the Leafs have a wonderful 2010-11 season this year, all-the-way! Go Leafs Go!
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