I am 33 years old and prior to today I had never watched a game from box seats and I had never skated on a sheet of ice shared by a professional hockey team. I've just returned from a most fantastic evening at the Ricoh Coliseum which saw me do both.
First of all, we got to watch the Marlies take on the Houston Aeros from a box. This thing was awesome. If you wanted a drink, you grabbed it from the fridge. There were massive bowls of popcorn and chips just sitting there. During the second intermission pizza and hot dogs arrived. Sitting in a box must be what heaven's like.
There was also a hockey game. Justin Pogge recorded a shutout and The Woz scored the winner in a 1-0 victory. When Andy Wozniewski scored late in the third, I was so damn happy, you'd have thought I was at a Leafs game.
After the game, my son and I went to Marlies Alley with our skates and got to skate around for half an hour. A few Marlies were there to sign autographs but James just wanted to meet Duke the Dog, the Marlies mascot. He got his wish and we both left the coliseum very happy. Here's a photoset from the jam packed evening.
Box Seats + Marlies Win + Pogge Shutout + Skating = Bestest Day Ever!