Hockey Studies: Our Discipline Trip To Wilkes-barre/scranton Penguins

By kramskorner on January 24, 2012 •

In order to higher recognize AHL hockey, my boys and I headed North fWilkes Barre Scranton Penguins inal Friday for the AHL game among the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Manchester Monarchs (LA Kings).

I’ve been to onlyhockey Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins games before, and my children had been to none. I as soon as attended a college hockey recreation—I suppose at Penn State (that period of my lifestyles Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins is a touch hazy). We had been right in the back of one of the goals, right at the “glass.” Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins The action in front people become Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins compelling, however at the alternative stop of the ice we could see nothing. A few years later, I attended a Hartford Whalers recreation (after they existed) wherein I turned into invited to take a seat in a “sky container.” We had been an extended manner from the ice, but the services were very satisfactory. Also, the potential to Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins appearance down at the play and spot the whole ice Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins without delay—as compared with SD TV on the time—changed into lovely. What we skilled in Wilkes Barre may additionally best resemble what’s to come in Allentown as a whole lot because the antique PNC resembled Coca Cola Park. But nevertheless, right here is our record:

The Penguins had domestic video games both Friday and Saturday nights, and we have been loose both evenings. The weather was a bit questionable for Saturday—plus it was bobblehead night time and tickets have been tougher to come via—so we picked Friday. I set about reading the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza to decide wherein to take a seat relative to the ice and the arena concessions. In the path of my studies, I located a banner advert at the lowest of an internet page. It examine, “Ticket Exchange. Buy/Sell Club Seats from Season Ticket Holders. Arena Approved and Endorsed.” I immediately clicked on it. I discovered that I needed a Penguins Ticket Exchange account. Ahh. I possibly want to be a ticket holder to participate. ‘Create Account’ became an choice, so I pressed on. Once I had my account, I selected my game. Then, clicked on [BUY] of the [BUY]/[SELL] choice. Next element, I had Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins 5 selections of “Club Level” seats from which to select. I needed 3 tickets, so I speedy just picked the selection that had three seats, as the ones with four could have wasted a seat—and there’s NO WAY Mrs. Kram desired to head along. (She thinks she doesn’t like hockey.) Not gazing in which the seats have been placed became a mistake, as you’ll see underneath.

This is the type of ticket change that I even have proposed within the past for the IronPigs. In this situation, it turned into run by way of Ticketmaster, and did consist of prices. Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins However, I can not say that the fees had been any extra than what I would have paid with Ticketmaster Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins anyway. The seat price became honest; all picks had been the identical. I’m no longer positive what those seats commonly go for, as they may be now not presented as unmarried-game that I may want to see, but what I paid appeared to be in all fairness.

By now I found out wherein the seats have been placed. The children were given a few instructions approximately the sport:We’re inside the middle of a row of 20. You will no longer be up and all the way down to the toilet and the concessions besides for      among periods.We are right at the back of the penalty packing containers. Do no longer heckle the players in the container. They are possibly to NOT be in an excellent mood.Despite our affinity for the Penguins, we are able to now not be buying jerseys and hats at the shop.You may also pattern concessions as you like and with out limit (see rule 1) as long as you don’t get sick in my car at the manner domestic. (Side be aware: on the IronPigs games they have got policies approximately the amount and sort of meals they may be allowed to order because of the sheer cost of ingesting there every unmarried game.)

The journey up changed into a familiar 1-hour trek which felt similar to journeys to the SWB Yankees in addition to the Kirby Center at the rectangular in Wilkes Barre. The area is placed throughout the road from the Wyoming Valley Mall—an vintage haunt from my young people. In reality, my Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins GPS took me proper via the mall parking zone to get to the area. Parking, in and out changed into clean and uncomplicated. The $5 parking price is “blanketed within the fee of the tickets for hockey” in step with the web website. This became Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins correct, as we didn’t ought to pay whatever. Club season ticket holders are entitled to desired parking, however a pass become now not covered with my tickets so we parked in the regular lot.

We explored the arena a bit on arrival, watching the concession selections and finding our seats. The Club seats are positioned at middle ice immediately across from the benches, and in the back of the respectable’s area and the penalty boxes. The seats are “padded and two inches wider” boasted the net web page. They reminded me of average film seats, in comparison with difficult plastic elsewhere in the area.

Wilkes Barre in the course of the 2011-2012 season.Photo: Kram

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There have been no pictures of a “membership” at the internet web sites of either the Penguins or the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. But, there was point out of a non-public region. We set out in seek. Directly at the back of the club seats turned into private access to the restroom centers and concessions which also open to the concourse on the other aspect. Down a chunk, I concept I noticed something that resembled a “club,” but it turned into a bar region known as “Stix”—a Grand Illusion indeed. An attendant who wasn’t happy to see kids headed into the bar turned into able to direct us to the “club.” We were to stroll half-way around, take the elevator to the decrease stage, undergo the double doorways on the right, beyond the curtain, take a look at with the guy on the podium, via some other curtain, and there it’s far. OK, then.

Ahh, the comforts of domestic…

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