For the second time in two weeks, James and I spent a Sunday afternoon taking in a Toronto Marlies game at the Ricoh Coliseum. The more I visit the Ricoh Coliseum, the more I love it.
Firstly, there isn't a bad seat in the building. I've sat close to the top, in a box and now three rows behind the goaltender, and the sight lines are awesome. I could practically whisper in Scott Clemmensen's ear today.
Secondly, the vibe is always really fun. Those in attendance are genuine hockey fans who really get into the game. I was part of a franchise record crowd today, as we all got Tomas Kaberle bobblehead dolls. Tomas freakin' Kaberle. That's awesome.
Thirdly, the calibre of hockey is very good. The Marlies are having a fantastic season and have a legitimate chance of winning the Calder Cup. We didn't get the win today, but it was a one goal game with less than a minute to play and another great game.
And finally, I can actually enjoy a Marlies game with my son. Getting tickets to Leafs games is a near impossibility and when you do get a ticket, you usually end up going with another adult. It's different with the Marlies. A 4pm start is prefect for a six year old, Duke the Dog covers every inch of the arena and tickets are affordable and aplenty.
Go Marlies Go!