Not your typical hockey dinner... Photo by Martha Kuska

Preseason Preparations for Hockey Fans

We all know how much training and preparation hockey players must endure to be able to function as an effective team, but what you may not realize is that true hockey fans must also prepare and train for each new season as well.  We don’t spend hours perfecting our puck-handling skills or passing techniques, but we most certainly have several serious issues that must be dealt with in order to experience the best hockey season we can.

For example:

Best Place to Park–least expensive vs. quick exit and convenience.  Do I want to pay $20 to park right by the on-ramp to the crosstown?  Or can I justify scarfing down those garlic fries by parking a couple blocks away and possibly only paying $7 for parking?

Keep or Switch Seats.  The grass may appear greener and the seats cushier on the other side, but it can pay off to sneak around and check out the views before getting busted by the ushers.  And running up and down those stairs helps work off those garlic fries…

Budget for Memorabilia Auctions.  This doesn’t mean one must comply with budget restraints, of course.  And blowing the budget for another Bugsy Malone autographed action photo is what makes auctions fun!  That, and eliminating the bidding competition by breathing at them after eating garlic fries. (I’m sensing a theme here.)

Whether to Partake of the Same Gustatory Selection on a Regular Basis or Sample the Wares of the Various Vendors.  Sometimes one has no choice but to sample new chewies since the old ones are no longer available (goodbye Asian chicken salad with sesame dressing!)  Perhaps you forgot to bring your antacid and don’t feel as daring as last year.  Maybe you really don’t care about your fellow fans in neighboring seats.

If that’s the case, I recommend the garlic fries.  And lots of napkins.


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