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10-29-2012, 05:19 PM
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At Slovan's arena, we've grown used to large crowds of foreign fans supporting teams like Dynamo & CSKA Moscow, SKA St. Petersburg, or Dinamo Riga. There are usually no travelling fans of Siberian teams visiting our arena. Tonight was different, though: quite a few fans dressed in Amur Khabarovsk garb, waving Amur scarves, etc. I asked them during one of the breaks: Вы приехали сюда из Хабаровска? Да. Это невероятно! These young fellas must be extremely wealthy and/or passionate about Amur to make a 7-thousand mile (!) road trip on behalf of their team. How do they do it?

Slovan fans as a rule aren't wealthy, so the only two road trips organized by Slovan's official fan club in this entire KHL season will be to Prague for the two Lev vs. Slovan games. There's no questioning Amur fans' passion for the game I've noticed Amur's arena has had a 100% sellout rate so far. (Slovan is at 98% of capacity crowd because Slovan's second and only the second home game wasn't sold out.) Perhaps after Slovan spends a few seasons in the KHL, road trips for Slovan fans will become affordable. Slovaks can buy plane tickets to Paris or Madrid or Rome or England for a few dozen , but plane tickets to Russia usually carry a hefty price tag. Maybe this would be different if Slovan's fan club managed to hire and sell out an entire plane just for the sake of the hockey fans' road trip.

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