The arena was surprisingly small and was closer in size to the arena at Northeastern University than one used in the NHL. Concrete walls in the lobby area were definitely not on par with "The Rock" in Newark.
|even the Zamboni was smaller|
|very big steps - I felt like a kid trying to climb stairs|
These stairs are really steep and have no hand rails. They are also very big steps. I felt like a toddler trying to climb stairs. Definitely wouldn't pass an American safety inspection. Our seats were in the front row because that's all that was available when we decided to go. There was no netting above the glass where we were so that was a little nerve-wracking. Also, there was no rail in front of us. We could just step off - and drop down four feet or so! No jumping up after a goal. It would have been too easy to fall off.
|you know him - see the drop off right in front of his feet|
The uniforms are covered with advertising. Notice the golden arches on the calves! Each team's high scorer wore a yellow helmet and jersey. No one could say they lost track of him!
|team gathered together before game started|
|Zurich Insurance, Tom's employer, is a league sponsor|
|both high scorers on the ice|
|high scorers against each other was common|
|final score - we win!|
|handshake after the game - this only happens at the end of a playoff series in the NHL|
Another sight I couldn't photograph was how a large number of fans wore their team jerseys. They were tied around their waists hanging in the back like a skirt since they're so long! I have no idea why they wear them like that, but I thought it looked very funny.
The whole experience was a lot of fun and we'll probably go again. Maybe to a Zurich home game when more of the cheering will be for them. The only negative was the smoke. No one can smoke inside, but as soon as we left the building, lots of cigarettes were lit. Since we were among the many walking to the train station, it was impossible to avoid.
(side note - there is one Swiss player on the NJ Devils - he's new to the Devils this year)