November 16, 2002
The Avs have had about a billion consecutive sellouts, so the only way to get good seats is to buy them from scalpers or season ticket holders. Since this was going to be our only chance to see them, we wanted to get good seats on the lower level. We found some seats on ebay and only paid slightly more than face value. Did I mention that face value was $108? Each? Yikes!
We saw them play the Nashville Predators who hadn't won a road game yet this year. The Avs remarkably hadn't won a home game yet, so something had to give. Although it was an entertaining game, the Avs lost 4-3. Hard to believe that a team with all-stars like Joe Sakic, Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, and Patrick Roy could lose to a bunch of guys you never heard of. The winning goal was scored by Vladimir Orszagh. Who?
The Pepsi Center is a beautiful facility with good food selection, a stellar (and loud!) sound system, and great sight lines. The only drawback was that the main access to the arena is via an escalator, which was fine going in but getting out took quite a while as 18,000 people funnelled into a small area. Food and souvenir prices are pretty typical for major league sports. An authentic alternate Chris Drury (who was recently traded) jersey seemed a good buy at $75, but we'd already spent enough on the tickets!
Parking ranged from $10 to $30 (valet service at one of the arena restaurants). The light rail system has a stop that's fairly close. After the game, energetic, young, and handsome bike drivers will take you to your car for tips.
If you're a hockey fan and find yourself in Denver, spend some bucks and check it out.
From journal Hockey Night in Denver and Embassy Suites