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09-08-2009, 11:56 AM
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Gameday & Arena Rituals

I'll bet that many of you were like me (when I lived in Cbus): On Gameday you had things you did to get ready, and rituals you followed when you ARRIVED at the arena.

You had a specific time you HAD to leave for the arena -mine was 5:40 pm. God forbid you were late if you were coming with me. (5 pm if I was going stag and stopping in at the Rbar)

You parked in the same place game after game. We liked the Ludlow Garage, and would remember which level we parked at by assigning player names to each level. 7 was Klesla (97) Level 5 was Shelley (45) etc.

Always went in Nationwide's Main Doors. Made a beeline for the cannon, then over to the West Side Grill. Had to get a Sugardale and drown it in Texas Pete's. A Bud Light was also required. Only on rare occasion did I ever waiver from this pregame strategy.

Then we had to be in our seats for the pregame skate. Had to.

First intermission: peanuts and another beer. (Strategy: the peanuts had to pile up on the floor too, which also made the people in our row carefully step around us and not on our feet.)

Ride Home: Had to tune in TheFan for the rehash.

Living out of state now has made me realize how much fun it was to have these "going to the game" rituals. I miss that. Maybe we can have some rituals in the Chat Room this year besides, "Nacho break" and "I'm not wearing any pants."

How about you?

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Is drinking beer before almost every game considered a ritual?

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Is drinking beer before almost every game considered a ritual?
Thought that was more of a requirement...

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Thought that was more of a requirement...
Cool, I won't feel guilty about it then.

Not like I ever did feel guilty about it, though.

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Our group of friends has peanuts to start the third period. They cannot be opened until the puck is dropped. We then share with those around us.

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I always park in the Arena Grand parking garage, same level, usually within a few spots from the same space I usually park in. I head straight to the Rbar. I usually have 2-3 draft beers, then head to the arena about 6:40. Grab a Sugardale and peanuts and plop down right before the teams come back out.

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You're all crazy.

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I used to only wear this one quaker steak and lube shirt because it had an unbeaten streak of like 11 games.

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Had to get a Sugardale and drown it in Texas Pete's.
I can imagine the only way to consume such a horrible dog was to drown it in good hot sauce.

We always like to park in the lot across from Rise & Dine/Right next to the arena. $5 more than in the garage but so much faster to get back on the road. We always try to make a habit of going in the front door and getting our program from Gerald Spinks and then "Thanks Gerald".

On the way home it's either the fan or XM coverage - trip home takes about 35 minutes or so.

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In the old days we would always go to the Blueline bar in the Arena, drink beer an yak it up with fellow Jacket fans. I saw Maclean in there several times before the game.

Recently we just bar hop game to game and get a bite to eat around the Arena, I like to try different places each game. We always park in the ramps just off of Convention Center Drive or Vine and near the Rbar-they are the fastest out of the area going North after a game.

After a win any bar will do (often the Rbar), after a loss it's directly home to sulk and post...

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rituals

weeknight games
1) park in garage at vine & front.
2) walk directly street across to rbar.
3) enter arena and say hello to & get program from gerald.
4) get raffle tickets.
5) walk to cannon - survey ice and surroundings.
6) see teresa and get beverages. (behind 104&105)
7) 1st intermission - get popcorn , see teresa again.
8) 2nd intermission - see teresa
9) watch stinger plant victory flag
10) hand keys to lovely assistant, tune radio, give driving lessons.

weekend games
1) park on street or garage I.
2) go to boston's for food, beverage & friends.
3-10) see above.

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Never realized just how loopy this sounds, until I found myself debating even posting it ... I always park at a meter, usually in the same row. So I typically walk (fifteen blocks, or so) the same path to/from beautiful downtown Nationwide Arena. Which isn't a problem, if I get there early enough to grab a meter in that area. But on the occasions when I'm too late for that area, I'll widen the circle until I've found a meter, park, and then backtrack so that I'm walking the same route.

Good exercise, but probably a bit too Rainman-ish for public disclosure ...

Used to do pre-game meals at The Florentine. Always alot of CBJers there, before games. Haven't been there in a couple of years, though. I know several of the players used to go there for game-day lunch, after their morning practice.

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weeknight games
1) park in garage at vine & front.
2) walk directly street across to rbar.
3) enter arena and say hello to & get program from gerald.
4) get raffle tickets.
5) walk to cannon - survey ice and surroundings.
6) see teresa and get beverages. (behind 104&105)
7) 1st intermission - get popcorn , see teresa again.
8) 2nd intermission - see teresa
9) watch stinger plant victory flag
10) hand keys to lovely assistant, tune radio, give driving lessons.

weekend games
1) park on street or garage I.
2) go to boston's for food, beverage & friends.
3-10) see above.
Good stuff!

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I always park at a meter, usually in the same row. So I typically walk (fifteen blocks, or so) the same path to/from beautiful downtown Nationwide Arena. Which isn't a problem, if I get there early enough to grab a meter in that area. But on the occasions when I'm too late for that area, I'll widen the circle until I've found a meter, park, and then backtrack so that I'm walking the same route.

Good exercise, but probably a bit too Rainman-ish for public disclosure ...
+1 on this one

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-Crank Machinehead roughly around the 670/70 split (as I'm usually coming from the West to games).
-Go in West entrance, get my program from Eric and his booming voice.
-(time-permitting)- Off to ice level above the tunnel to watch the skate. Reach down as players walk by.
-(End of periods, if needed)- Go like hell to the bathroom to dodge lines.
-(After wins only)- Go to Arena Pub for post-game show/attempt to let traffic die down before leaving.

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Usually park at the garage on Vine behind Martini's and often stop for sushi at Kooma on the garage's street level. I suppose "usually" and "often" disqualify these as rituals!

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-crank machinehead in office during work hours
-crank joe satriani's crowd chant in office during work hours
-crank machinehead on drive from office to lot across from garage bar
-have the lovely Jeni, or lovely Lexi pour me several Molson drafts at said bar
-probably enjoy a brat there ($3 brats > Sugardale hotdog or $10 burger and fries in arena)
-head to rbar to get even more pumped
-enter arena
-prepare to stand and yell...pi$$ing off those that sit behind me....I'll apologize now to anyone behind row P in 108 this year for my 10 game package....
-head home (hopefully) happy

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Always park in the same area for each game.

Always come in the main doors.

And this is a little OCD of me I Always get a program and for the most part never even read them. I have two boxes of programs from every game I have been too including away games.

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Change cloths into Third Jersey.
Bring backpack with binoculars, radio and earphones, (flashlight & paperback for wifey during the intermissions), mini-umbrella.
Leave home for 5 minute drive at 6:30.
Park in lot beside Atlas Blue Print on Spring St. - free!
Eat dinner in the Arena: hot dogs and Skyline Chili Fries or
Eat dinner at Chipotle: Steak Fajita Burrito + chips & Guac.
High-five usher on the way in.
Win or lose, after the game I get $1 cotton candy for my girls.

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arrive approx. 1735 park in lot A. go to press entrance on Nationwide Blvd, go directly to Center Ice Lounge. Enjoy cocktail or two and the buffet. Walk to glass level, watch pre-game skate. Go back to lounge, enjoy cocktail, sit in comfy chair in HD lounge til 5 minutes pre-game...as soon as the victory cannon goes off, go directly to my car in A lot, home before most folks get out of the arena district!

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My pregame ritual seems to have settled into:

1. get one last beer at RBar, chug it and be out the door at 7pm

2. speedwalk to arena

3. wait in line for beer

4. hit bathroom (These two can be interchanged depending on level of, uh, need)

5. miss opening faceoff

(people in section 206 can attest that this happens more often than not)


Good thread idea!

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My pregame ritual seems to have settled into:

1. get one last beer at RBar, chug it and be out the door at 7pm

2. speedwalk to arena

3. wait in line for beer

4. hit bathroom (These two can be interchanged depending on level of, uh, need)

5. miss opening faceoff

(people in section 206 can attest that this happens more often than not)


Good thread idea!
Your one of the honest folks, many a game I do the same, especially if its a big game vs. the eastern Conference or Detroit. Gawd I hate Detroit...

Hey, tell the guys in the bathroom line on the main concourse they can go in and make lines behind the ceramic, they don't need to ask permission to enter or stand in a line that reaches the hotdog counter...

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Every season I do the same thing, the day before the Blue Jackets first game of the regular season I call up my local cable company and sign up for the "Super Sports Pack" which is $29.99 a month in my area and I get every televised Blue Jacket game throught the season, plus I get many other games for when Columbus is not playing and I get almost all of the Ontario Hockey Leagues Major Junior A games, it's a decent deal considering I cannot attend Nationwide as a regular patron.

My ritual on Columbus Blue Jacket game days are pretty simple, go to The Beer Store, get a six pack of Tall Boys (Old Milwaukee) and plop my ass on the couch, not very exciting I know, but I occasionally end up at my local bar (2 minute walk) after the game to celebrate a win and end up late or really sick for work the next day, ecspecially if it's a west coast game.

Unfortunatley I will not be able to have any "LIVE" Columbus game day excitement this season as the Jackets will not be visiting either of my two local NHL facilities this season (HSBC Arena Buffalo & Air Canada Centre Toronto)

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