For those just joining us… Stef and I were having a conversation Sunday evening which turned to hockey. A few minutes later I said, “Let’s go see the Kings.” We did tonight.
We got two in Section 113, eight rows off the ice. Parking passes too.
An appointment for me in Torrance first, then to the Staples Center. Finding the venue wasn’t a problem. Finding Garage C was. It took two passes.
Stef arrived around six. We had dinner at a fast food pizza place across the street, then headed inside.
Staples Center is nice, but in a plain way. We walked toward our section and a photo booth sponsored by StubHub. They made our free souvenir ticket.
Our seats were great, down low at the faceoff circle near the goal the Kings shot at twice. But like all sporting events today, there’s a lot more going on than hockey!
Male and female co-hosts appear on the jumbo screen through the evening creating a little extra excitement. Cameras roam the crowd to find dancers and kissers. A blimp flew overhead. And, of course, bare midriff Ice Girls on skates and wielding shovels removed ice chips during TV commercial breaks. Show biz!
There was an organist and loud rock music. The right mix.
As luck would have it, Howard Lapides was there. Howard and I went to college together. We lived in Buffalo at the same time. He was my best man. He sat a few sections over, so we visited between periods.
Howard is still taller than me. I was one row back.
The Kings were dynamite! They won 4-0 with Hamden’s Jonathon Quick in goal. I don’t know him, but it’s cool someone from my town is a superstar. We have a lot of people in common.
Stef and I walked to the cars and headed in opposite directions. It was an easy 45 minute ride home.
Very nice. On nights like this, it’s good to be a dad.
¹ – A $4.50 pretzel differs from a $1 pretzel in a very important way. Price. And it comes in a wrapper.