Last night, we were lucky enough to have some friends that were unable to use their Everett Silvertips tickets pass them on to us. We’ve been to a few Silvertips games in the last few years, but I can honestly say, I have never been this close to hockey action in my life.
We started in Everett at the Vintage Café. The building’s architecture is just amazing and we had always wanted to try it, so we did. The food was great and the prices were more than reasonable. I have to say that the Silvertip Burger – a cheeseburger with bacon, ham, polish sausage and a few other toppings thrown in for good measure – was excellent. The fish and chips looked great too.
After dinner, we made the stroll down Hewitt to Comcast Arena to wait for the doors to open. Fortunately, we only had to wait about 5 minutes before the line started moving and we were making our way in. I still love the look of this place at night though.
Once we were inside, I snapped a quick photo of the almost empty arena. I’m pretty sure the capacity of the hockey setup is near 10,000 people. You just don’t get the magnitude of that until you see it empty though.
Once we made a loop to check out the venue, we made our way to the seats. Um, yeah, the seats… I have NEVER sat in the front row of a hockey game. It was by far the most “involved” I have ever felt at a game, but at the same time, it is a bit hard to see the action at the other end of the ice. That said, I would totally do it again if given the chance because you are in the action instead of just watching the game.
Mama and Evie had a great time all bundled up. It didn’t feel cold down there like it does in some other areas of the building, but it may have been that it was just as cold outside so inside wasn’t as shocking. Evie’s cotton candy held her over nicely through the first period before the squirms started right at the end of it.
I took Evie for a stroll around the stadium and snagged this little shot above our seats. This is up in section 205, right above us. If you look down past her, towards the ice, you will see three heads. That’s where we were sitting!
The action was downright amazing. The half of the game that was in front of us was like being on the ice. The action at the opposite end of the ice was a bit tougher to see though. At moments I almost wished we were a bit higher up, but that was erased the second someone crashed the boards right in front of us. It was just so close you could feel the game.
The game ended with the Chiefs beating the Silvertips 2 to 1. Not the ending we hoped for, but it was a good game none the less. The great part is, we’ve had two amazing sporting events so far this year that have just been complete surprises and not cost us a fortune to do. It truly has been a blessed January so far for us and I can’t wait to see what happens next!