on November 11, 2009
While I am not an avid follower of hockey anymore, I always used to and the Montreal Canadiens were "my" team. My first proper visit to Montreal coincided with a home game for Les Habs so I decided to try to get tickets. Montreal games sell out very quickly but as is always the way, you can get tickets on eBay. While i really dislike encouraging that sort of "scalping", I decided to try to see what i could get in the price range i was going to pay anyway. I set my limit and won the pair of tickets, fairly high up but set over one of the blue lines and we had a very good view over the ice. The Bell Centre is a really large venue and is used for sporting events and concerts, among other things. The facilities seem really good, very well organized. For a game, or concert, i suppose, where there are thousands of people filing in and out of the venu, they have a system of escalators up to the upper tiers. One set for up and one set for down. People seem very willing to queue up and there was no pushing or shoving. There was a bit of a pre-game video show with music to introduce the team players and the historic star players as this is the 100th anniversary of the Montreal team in the NHL. There are concession stands and you can take beer back to your seat. The Bell Centre is at a Metro stop and there are busses nearby but the traffic is pretty heavy on game nights so your best bet is likely the Metro. We actually did take a taxi but got dropped off at the other side of the square outside the centre. We walked back to our hotel which was about 20 minutes away. If hockey is your game, it's worth it to try to get tickets. If you get them from an auction site, check out the seller and don't pay more than you would if you'd bought them through the normal ticketing sites. The Bell Centre is comfortable and the views seem very good from even the high tiers.
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