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SteelFish87* 02-05-2013 10:45 PM

Best road venue to watch Pens
 
havent been to many away games

best for me was Buffalo followed by Washington

SirBrad 02-05-2013 10:51 PM

Living where I live I have access to 4 vemues in less than 90 minutes.

I actually like Long Island because I can afford to sit anywhere I want. It's a real pain in the rear fighting traffic to get there though.

I like seeing them play here in NJ because the fans never give me **** and are not even in the same stratosphere as Flyers and Rangers fans as far as being annoying losers. The Garden is an overrated venue and who in their right mind would enjoy being in Philly as an opposing fan?

Mo Wanchuk 02-05-2013 11:08 PM

Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul is a great venue.

12IsGreaterThan47 02-05-2013 11:09 PM

Columbus!

turd 02-05-2013 11:11 PM

Florida's rink is very nice, parking is free, tickets are very cheap, and you can sit anywhere you want.

Big McLargehuge 02-05-2013 11:15 PM

I'd imagine Columbus. One of the best arenas in the league and it's essentially the 2005-08 home crowd on top of it.

BeauKnows19 02-05-2013 11:20 PM

I live in NJ but the best place to go to is Long Island. It's so cheap. I paid $50 and sat one row from the glass. There's always a bunch of other pens fans there too. Only problem is that the arena is practically a dump, but for that price it's worth it.

#66 02-06-2013 03:49 AM

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Originally Posted by SirBrad (Post 59143385)
Living where I live I have access to 4 vemues in less than 90 minutes.

I actually like Long Island because I can afford to sit anywhere I want. It's a real pain in the rear fighting traffic to get there though.

I like seeing them play here in NJ because the fans never give me **** and are not even in the same stratosphere as Flyers and Rangers fans as far as being annoying losers. The Garden is an overrated venue and who in their right mind would enjoy being in Philly as an opposing fan?

So true. So much money was dumped into that hole and its still pretty crappy. At least the lighting is better.

The best I've been to was TO or Montreal. Great cities and great aura at the games.

HM to Hartford. Hartfords kind of a dump IMO but the old Civic Center was downright awesome.

End of Line 02-06-2013 04:29 AM

Nationwide Arena.

Eli Cash 02-06-2013 05:46 AM

I can only speak for Buffalo, as I live here now, but the games are a lot of fun when the Pens come into town. 1/3 of the arena is Pens fans, mostly from Canada. Most of them have never seen the Pens at Consol so they like to ask me a lot of questions. On top of that, Sabres fans are a very knowledgable and respectable bunch.

Le Magnifique 66 02-06-2013 07:43 AM

Seen the Pens in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.

Montreal by far is the best of the 3 cause the crowd really gets into the game, Ottawa and Toronto is pretty quiet

Montreal is the place to catch a game\

For me, a trip to Pittsburgh will be planned in 2 years. Wife will take me for my 35th BDay :yo:

Shady Machine 02-06-2013 07:48 AM

I've seen the Pens in DC, Denver, and Dallas. The best atmosphere was in DC because it was within conference but I really enjoyed the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche was my western team as a kid so that had something to do with it. I'd love to go to every arena some day.

Azkals 02-06-2013 08:06 AM

I'd definitely have to go with Columbus.

Long Island is awful. I'd rather watch the game at the Marriott next door than go inside that dump.

UnrealMachine 02-06-2013 08:14 AM

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Originally Posted by SteelFish87 (Post 59143103)
havent been to many away games

best for me was Buffalo followed by Washington

Definitely have had the most fun at Buffalo games (went to 4 of them). It helps that the Pens have won all 4 there that I went to ;)

Probably the best one was when Malkin won it in overtime a few years ago. I was engaging in some trash talk the whole game so it felt good to go out on top. The fans were not so happy though and gave me a "Kan_sas_Ci_ty" chant on the way out (this was during the new arena, Lemieux "visiting" Kansas City fiasco). That smarted a bit.

lettuceAA 02-06-2013 08:30 AM

I'm from Canada an just booked my flight an hotel to go to a game at the console energy center. Still looking at tickets, any suggestions on where to get seats?

I'm going to see Rangees at pens, I figured that'd be a great game to go to, as I've never been to a NHL game before.

MetalheadPenguinsFan 02-06-2013 08:55 AM

Since I'm in Kitchener (and am still without a passport for now) I've been pondering whether to catch a Pens game either in Toronto or Ottawa next year.

Between TO or Ottawa....where should I go????

PensFan68 02-06-2013 09:02 AM

I've seen them in quite a few other cities, but for me it's Columbus. As someone else said, it's quite fun because the crowd is half (or more) Pens fans. I also love the arena/area it's in. Usually stay at the Hyatt, and can walk to the arena and there are restaurants right there.

Le Magnifique 66 02-06-2013 09:08 AM

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Originally Posted by MetalheadPenguinsFan (Post 59155617)
Since I'm in Kitchener (and am still without a passport for now) I've been pondering whether to catch a Pens game either in Toronto or Ottawa next year.

Between TO or Ottawa....where should I go????

Ottawa, going to be cheaper and easier to find tickets

IHWR 02-06-2013 09:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Le Magnifique 66 (Post 59156053)
Ottawa, going to be cheaper and easier to find tickets

Yup. I'm pretty sure the Pens game in April is actually a "bronze" game, which means it's one of the cheaper games.

I've been to a bunch of buildings in the NHL and they all offer different things. Montreal is easily the loudest, great place to party after the game also.

Xcel is a sick venue, it's got a similar feel to Consol with the open concourse.

I had a blast in Nashville. The arena's pretty standard but it empties out to a pretty fun strip of country bars (which is absolutely not my thing but was an awesome time when you're bombed).

Toronto is pretty pricey and stuffy. Venue's nice though.

Buffalo's a dump and the rink is a little odd. It's still a fun place to watch a game (similar set-up to SBP in Ottawa but with a few odd choices like escalators instead of stairs).

Ottawa's a weird one too. It's literally in the suburbs (which is awesome because I live in those suburbs) so there's really no where to go right after the game. One of my favorite things to do after a game is spill out of the arena and just follow the crowd to the nearest strip of bars and keep partying and you can't really do that in Ottawa. And because it's so far from downtown and is located in the west end of the city...almost everyone drives to games so parking is a mess. You can almost always buy tickets too...it's pretty much the only Canadian team that doesn't have ticket scarcity.

The Joe's a dump, but so is most of Detroit. It's still got a good vibe though but it's like Fenway park sorta...part of the experience is dealing with the ****** venue.

The Staples Center is a cool place also. Haven't seen a game there, but I was at the 2010 draft and hand a good time.

tanoyidsot 02-06-2013 11:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SirBrad (Post 59143385)
Living where I live I have access to 4 vemues in less than 90 minutes.

I actually like Long Island because I can afford to sit anywhere I want. It's a real pain in the rear fighting traffic to get there though.

I like seeing them play here in NJ because the fans never give me **** and are not even in the same stratosphere as Flyers and Rangers fans as far as being annoying losers. The Garden is an overrated venue and who in their right mind would enjoy being in Philly as an opposing fan?

I'm not the only Pens fan in NJ...lol

NJ is a good place to watch a game. Philly not so much!

JTG 02-06-2013 11:40 AM

I have always had fun in Columbus. Their arena district is a good time.

LetangInTheSO 02-06-2013 11:58 AM

I've seen the Pens in 8 arenas outside of the Burgh. Impressions...

Vancouver::
Crowd: Pretty subdued on most nights, but always buzzing when the Pens are in town
Arena: Like all others built in the 90s (i.e. sightlines good, seats nice, lighting good, concourses narrow)
Value: Bad. Ticket prices through the roof.

San Jose:
Crowd: Surprisingly lively during most games, including Pens games.
Arena: Like all others built in the 90s.
Value: OK. Decent tickets can be had for $50.

Edmonton:
Crowd: Lively on some nights, subdued on others. Buzzing with Pitt in town.
Arena: Pretty dumpy. Bad concourses, unique lighting (some like it, some don't) decent sightlines.
Value: Bad. Ticket prices steep.

Dallas:
Crowd: Even though it's not as busy as it used to be, the crowd is decently lively.
Arena: Like all built in the 90s.
Value: Bad. Ticket prices surprisingly steep given their low turnout. Decent seats are $70+.

Toronto:
Crowd: Rowdy at its best, the quietest in the league at its worst. Was lucky to attend the game with Jordan Staal's first hat trick during his rookie season, great game and the crowd was lively!
Arena: Like all built in the 90s.
Value: Worst in the league. 'Nuff said.

Buffalo:
Crowd: Very lively when I was there, but this was in the Drury/Briere days.
Arena: A little dumpy, but a tier above the real dumps of the league.
Value: OK. Decent seats can be had for around $50.

New York (MSG):
Crowd: Pretty subdued when I've been there, but they can get loud.
Arena: Better than I expected aside from the lighting. I'd say it's a second tier arena as opposed to 3rd/4th
Value: Bad. Decent seats are $70+.

Uniondale:
Crowd: Terrible. Totally subdued, half-empty, and disrespectful
Arena: The biggest dump in the league.
Value: Excellent. I sat in the 4th row for $40.

MetalheadPenguinsFan 02-08-2013 03:38 PM

Yeah after I get a passport this summer, I wouldn't mind heading over to Buffalo for a Pens and Sabres game as well since I'm only like 2 hours away.

Am still looking at going to Ottawa next year though. Maybe even Pittsburgh if I can afford it.

JQR 02-08-2013 04:10 PM

I'd like to see them at Winnipeg, simply because Jets fans are actually alive at their games.

dr robbie 02-08-2013 04:21 PM

St. Louis is pretty awesome. Many Pens fans come out of the woodwork. I couldn't believe how many Lemieux jerseys show up at games. A fan gave me a honk of the horn after the Pens lost once, but it was really tame outside of that.


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