A few weeks ago I went to an ice hockey game with some American friends. I was stoked to go because sports are so big in America as is team pride. Basically, as long as I was wearing the right colour T shirt I could scream and be obnoxious and everyone would be happy with me - I don't often get this opportunity.
So we drove up to Tampa in the morning and spent the first half of the day at the beach getting into the spirit of things by tossing around an American football and playing shuffle board. The latter is a game I'd never heard of which is kind of like people-sized air hockey.
After attaining a sufficient level of competitiveness we headed back into Tampa for the actual game.
|Lightning in the courtyard for the Tampa Lightning|
|Some of the fans clothing, blue = Lightning fans|
|Wrong Team Spirit!|
|He was a cool guy, German if I remember correctly, and one hell of an organist!|
Once the teams were done with their warm ups some crazy patriotic lights began to show on the ice
After that it was time for the teams to take to the ice for the game. The Lightning, being the home team, got more cool lights, while the Flyers took the ice with much less fanfare.
Hockey is played in three 20 minute periods and during one of the half times we indulged in that truly American tradition of food stalls at sports games. It wasn't quit the same as baseball or basketball which I imagine have more hot dogs (corn dogs for all you Americans) and chips. Here there was a lot more seafood. I was happy enough with that though and grabbed some buffalo shrimp, only just making up my mind in time to return for the second period.
As my first American sporting experience I'd say it went pretty well!