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07-19-2013, 11:53 AM
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Favorite / Least Favorite Road Venue

With the upcoming release of the NHL schedule, some of us will be planning roadtrips to visit the Hawks all over the US and Canada. What is your favorite and least favorite venue you have visited? Why? (Note: Please don't bash cities or entire fanbases)


For me, Staples Center was my favorite because of the amenities at the stadium. Fans were pretty friendly and not rude.

Scottrade is my least favorite, but I keep going back because its close. The stadium isn't as nicely situated as Busch Stadium so it's a little bit of a walk to anything worth while. I've also had some run ins with Blues fans down there, though most are friendly.

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The only current arenas I have been to are Xcel and Nationwide, both outstanding, 10X better than the UC, recommend both. Favorite of the two would be Xcel, lots of wood, close in feel, great rink.

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I also love TD Garden, mainly because its so close to the North End and all the great Italian and Seafood.

Hoping I can get to Toronto this year and check out Air Canada Centre

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I've only been to Nationwide. It was pretty cool and the fans are very friendly; they're very happy to have people visiting their town. The cops are not, however. I got stopped for jaywalking, even though I wasn't.

Hoping to make it up to XCel this year. My buddy's dad will probably buy us amazing seats, cuz he's loaded and that's what he does. Got us 5th row behind the 3rd base dugout when I went to Target Field last year.

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07-19-2013, 12:12 PM
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The only current arenas I have been to are Xcel and Nationwide, both outstanding, 10X better than the UC, recommend both. Favorite of the two would be Xcel, lots of wood, close in feel, great rink.
I was at Nationwide this season and it was great. But what in your eyes makes it 10x better than the UC? The UC is great. Of course, I'm old enough to remember standing in 2 inches of piss at the Chicago Stadium when using the bathrooms, so I appreciate the UC

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I agree, 10 times better seems a bit crazy. It's a nice stadium and all, but to me the size of the UC makes the experience at other barns kinda underwhelming.

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I think the UC is a ****ing dump and I say that as a season ticket holder. The only worse arena I have ever been to in any sport is America West in Phoenix.

UC Pros
-The Hawks play there

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-Way too big
-A personal thing, but I hate the beer selection, food is getting better, made some good changes this year, but the beer, Bud everywhere (makes me sick it's so bad), just a joke, Corona man and both Xcel and Nationwide are like paradise for people who like Corona
-Poor maintenance, took me over half a season to get one of my seats fixed
-Very generic, no character, no style
-One smoking section which is a ****ing ***** to get to if you are on the other side and up

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Also, way harder to get around in the UC than than the other two and maybe it wasn't a sellout, but it was damn near at both games I went to and it was breeze to get around.

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The UC has drastically improved their beer selection over the last 2 years.

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I think the beer selection is decent enough. I usually get Boston Lager from the madhouse bars. I don't like Corona, so no loss there.

Taking points off due to smoking restrictions?


As for maintenance, you have no idea what that'd be like if your were a Jackets season ticket holder, so moot point.

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I've only been to two opposing rinks, Madison Square Garden and Jobing.com Arena in Phoenix.

I'm guessing you probably think my pick was MSG... it's not. MSG was alright, it was cool how the game was portrayed as a stage show instead of just a sports game. I ended up paying a ton of money for a MEDIUM drink (this was when large drinks were banned in NY) and we had some bad experiences with the fans around us (this was my girlfriend and I).

Jobing.com was such a cool place, totally underrated by the media and a lot of fans probably dump on it without actually having been there. The arena itself is nothing to get too excited about, pretty typical NHL rink, but you do feel very close to the game there.

There's a huge area outside the arena that is basically a hockey Mecca for retired snowbirds and other NHL fans around the league to just hang out, have a beer and a burger, enjoy the scenery, and have a good time. I saw more jersey/team merch variety there than I've seen anywhere else, and the atmosphere was just relaxed. My dad and I sat in a pub in this area and had burgers while watching a Hawks-Blue Jackets game on TV.

They may not have many fans, which is a shame, but they really put in an effort to treat theirs and visiting fans well. If you're ever in Glendale, don't pass up on a Coyotes game if you get the chance. Cheap tickets and a memorable experience.

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First of all - try Chantix to quit smoking. It worked for me. Arenas shouldn't cater to smokers...smokers are dinosaurs in today's society.

As for big - well that's what you get when you have the arena with the largest capacity in the NHL. Not to mention your season tickets are on the 3rd level. If it bothers you so much, you could cut down on it taking so much time to get around by moving your season tickets to the lower level.

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Best: Detroit - real hockey atmosphere
Worst: Toronto - not a real hockey atmosphere (need to tell people on the Jumbotron they need to get loud at every whistle break? Even in the playoffs? lol)

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We tried to go to then Glendale Arena when we were there for Spring Training in 2004. Got the gate and it was sold out. Yes, the Coyotes used to sell out games.

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I like Bridgestone because it is very intimate.

I'll second Scottrade as the worst. Nothing memorable about that place.

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First of all - try Chantix to quit smoking. It worked for me. Arenas shouldn't cater to smokers...smokers are dinosaurs in today's society.

As for big - well that's what you get when you have the arena with the largest capacity in the NHL. Not to mention your season tickets are on the 3rd level. If it bothers you so much, you could cut down on it taking so much time to get around by moving your season tickets to the lower level.
They've never offered an upgrade in the 5 years IIRC...maybe a slight change after 08-09 but it was still 300 level and we like the guys around us. It is what it is there; I know everyone wants Hawks tickets.

RE: Chantix, yeah, I think I am going to try it, I don't want to smoke anymore and I want to start working out and playing hockey again too.


I know it's our arena and it sucks to hear it dumped on like that, but I never particularly cared for it, although you are right, it is a better experience on the 100 level overall. However, as soon as I walked in Xcel and Nationwide, moreso Xcel though, what a beauty, it was just like "Wow, this is how a hockey arena is supposed to be." It's disheartening to know that I'll be 70 or 80 by the time we are looking at getting a new one. I'm jealous of what else is out there.

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I always found Jobing.com arena to be pretty blah, personally. Seats feel really small in the upper bowl and closer together than other places I've been. The facility isn't bad, really, but nothing very remarkable about it. Sort of feel like I'm at Allstate Arena when I'm there. Just very underwhelming for a place so new. The area around there is definitely awesome, though. Very scenic, lots of bars and restaurants, definitely cool around there.

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I've heard amazing things about Xcel, but I didn't think Nationwide was really anything special. The concourses seemed alright but nothing to write home about. And the scoreboard they had at the time was an absolute joke. I think they replaced it for this year.

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I like Bridgestone because it is very intimate.

I'll second Scottrade as the worst. Nothing memorable about that place.
Yeah, third on Scottrade, I've been there two, very blah like the UC, didn't count it because it was a Leafs-Blues game but that doesn't matter. The upper seats have a bad angle to them too.

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I always found Jobing.com arena to be pretty blah, personally. Seats feel really small in the upper bowl and closer together than other places I've been. The facility isn't bad, really, but nothing very remarkable about it. Sort of feel like I'm at Allstate Arena when I'm there. Just very underwhelming for a place so new. The area around there is definitely awesome, though. Very scenic, lots of bars and restaurants, definitely cool around there.
Right, I said the arena was nothing special. It's the surrounding area that makes it unique.

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Westgate is one of the coolest things I've seen around a pro sports venue

Was pissed that when I went down there the Yotes were on the road.

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I've heard amazing things about Xcel, but I didn't think Nationwide was really anything special. The concourses seemed alright but nothing to write home about. And the scoreboard they had at the time was an absolute joke. I think they replaced it for this year.
Nationwide has a feeling of newness, good angles, good ambiance but yeah, you are right, nothing particularly special about it.

The ones I've been to for a hockey game:

Xcel: 10/10, no reason not to
Nationwide: 7.5/10
United Center: 3/10
Scottrade: 3/10
America West: 1/10, just wasn't meant for hockey

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Not a fan of the UC either. Both times I've been in the past couple of years my seat has been broken

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Not a fan of the UC either. Both times I've been in the past couple of years my seat has been broken
Yeah, had a spring sticking up my ass most of a season, we'd take turns, I should have just brought my wire snips and fixed it myself instead of filling out maintenance request forms and calling the rep.

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They've never offered an upgrade in the 5 years IIRC...maybe a slight change after 08-09 but it was still 300 level and we like the guys around us. It is what it is there; I know everyone wants Hawks tickets.

RE: Chantix, yeah, I think I am going to try it, I don't want to smoke anymore and I want to start working out and playing hockey again too.


I know it's our arena and it sucks to hear it dumped on like that, but I never particularly cared for it, although you are right, it is a better experience on the 100 level overall. However, as soon as I walked in Xcel and Nationwide, moreso Xcel though, what a beauty, it was just like "Wow, this is how a hockey arena is supposed to be." It's disheartening to know that I'll be 70 or 80 by the time we are looking at getting a new one. I'm jealous of what else is out there.
3 of us went to Nationwide for the game back in January, and all of us were like wow also. It has a quaint little atmosphere. Keep in mind the UC is twice as old, and is more built as a multi-purpose facility.

As for Chantix - the stuff is amazing. It's hard to explain how it works. It just somehow takes away the craving for cigarettes. I wouldn't have thought it possible without seeing it for myself. Good luck quitting man...do it while you're still young.

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