Alright, here's the set-up. I live in Durham, North Carolina and the circus is coming to town next week. I've got 2 kids, one of which is 2 years old, and Barnum and Bailey sent us a ticket voucher when he was born so he could be a circus fan for life, or some marketing garbage like that. The upshot is that we could get him a free ticket to his first circus, but we had to go directly to the RBC center in order for it to work.
So, the RBC center closes at 6. I snuck out of work early and rode with my family out to the center to get the circus tickets. As we're pulling up right at 6, we notice there is traffic everywhere and brilliantly we deduce there must be a hockey game going on. Mind you, I don't watch hockey...never been my thing. Anyway, so we get special permission from all the security guards to duck around the traffic and into the main parking lot so we can go to the box office to get our circus tickets. And while we're in line, this lady walks up to us and says she can't go to the game, but she has 4 tickets, and she just gives them to us (TP for her, whoever she was).
Anyway, out of the blue I find myself seated at my first ever NHL game. I had no idea who the Hurricanes were playing, but the tickets tell me it's the Bruins. Once we got to the seats we had to ask the folks around us who the good players were on each team, but you know the funny thing?
It was FUN!
I don't even watch hockey, but it was an easy sport to follow live and the atmosphere is kicks. Plus, we had really good seats just a few rows off the ice. Even my wife and 4-year old daughter loved it, especially when goals were scored.
Ironically, the game that happened by accident could turn into a habit, as I could actually see myself going to more hockey games in the future.
NEVER thought I'd ever type anything like that last sentence...