My wife and I are taking a quick Thanksgiving weekend trip to Montreal for a Hockey Night in Canada game. The grandparents are watching the kids, so we’ll be able to enjoy more of what 24 hours in Montreal has to offer.
7:15am – at the airport waiting for our flight.
8:15am – Tarik is on our flight. Had a nice conversation with him. It’s his birthday, too. Tweet and email him well wishes.
12:30pm – we are sitting in an outside courtyard drinking beer and waiting our poutine lunch… it is maybe 40 degrees. Obviously, we’ve landed in Montreal. Shared a cab downtown with Tarik, checked into the hotel, and rushed to old town for lunch. More later.
3:30 – After freezing during lunch, we walked our feet off all around old Montreal visiting shops, art galleries, and the Basilica of Notre Dame. Every shop had some sort of hockey/Canadiens paraphernalia… including the Caps/Ovechkin. Some art galleries did, too. I won’t divulge what I prayed for at the Basilica. We’re at the hotel warming up and grabbing a beer at the hotel bar before we head of to dinner and the game. We are in the same hotel as the team, and the lobby is already crammed with people trying to sneak a peak or score an autograph from Ovechkin.
6:37 – we are in our perch at Centre Bell. 5 rows from the top. This place is big. We are up so high I can’t see any Stanley Cup banners.
Up here the pitch of the rows are quite steep. So much so that every row has safety rails in front them. We are in section 429.
You are not allowed to go to the lower bowl for warmups like at Verizon Center.
You can tell that Molson used to own the team. From what I have seen, the beer choices are Molson Export and Molson M.
The concourse is very narrow and dark. However, there are beer and food stands almost every inch of the way.
If you rate the ushers (on looks) at Verizon Center a 5, here at Centre Bell they are at least a 15.
Throughout the concourse, they have clocks that count down to faceoff.
My wife just mentioned that Canadians are very friendly.
Oh, we got booed at dinner while wearing our Caps sweaters.
Ok, correction. We are in the last row of the arena. The 300 and 400 section are right next to each other. We were sitting in 300. D’oh! I can’t see the top of the scoreboard.
The opening video scrolled through all 776 players that have worn the Habs sweater in 100 years. Impressive.
I hope to have more later.
SO NICE to hear the anthem without shouts of “Red” or “O”.
The ice is miced around the rink or in arena sounds. You can hear skate blades, shots, and other stick sounds all the way in the last row of a 20,000+ arena. Ted, OFB will buy some mica for you.
The crowd boos Ovechkin…. but they love him.
The press box is a catwalk like structure that hangs from the roof and goes all the way around the rink.
They have beer vendors selling in the upper deck stands…. even in the “family” section.