MAPLE LEAF GARDENS

MAPLE LEAF GARDENS

Post by Scott Surgen » Mon, 14 Oct 1996 04:00:00


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> I lived in Phoenix for seven years.  What concerns me is what is likely
> to happen to the ice surface in late April when the temps get in the
> high 90s and May when they climb above 100.  We have enough trouble
> keeping the surface good here in the warm months.  Have they made plans
> for this out there?

I think heat with high humidity is the problem; I recall the Panthers
installing some large de-humidifiers last spring at the Miami Arena.  As
long as the humdidity stays low, I don't see why there would be a
problem.  It's almost a non-issue, I think, since there are ice-rinks
all over the south and southwest, with minimal problems.

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Scott Surgent
Tempe AZ

 
 
 

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Post by Tom Colli » Fri, 18 Oct 1996 04:00:00

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> > I lived in Phoenix for seven years....

> I think heat with high humidity is the problem; I recall the Panthers
> installing some large de-humidifiers last spring at the Miami Arena.  As
> long as the humdidity stays low, I don't see why there would be a
> problem.  It's almost a non-issue, I think, since there are ice-rinks
> all over the south and southwest, with minimal problems.

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I saw the Coyote regular season opener on TV.   Team looked great, the
America West Arena was lacking:  Lights did not work at one end, game was
delayed, first check into the boards, the corner gate flys open!  (Players
HATE that for obvious reasons)  Plexiglass was very wobbly...Penalty
timekeeper let Owen Nolan out too early.  Plenty of ruff edges on that
arena for pro hockey usage.  Hope they can work it out.  Coyotes looked
solid as a team.

Humorus Note: Sharks warmed up first, and Bernie Nicholls, the NHL's
answer to Happy Gilmore, notices a big bucket of pucks on the Phoenix
bench.  Obivously this bucket of pucks is for the Coyotes to use in
warmups, but Bernie has other ideas.  Nicholls starts tossing the pucks up
to appreciative fans leaning over the glass.  He tosses about two dozen
pucks into the seats, then skates away grinning ear to ear.  The Coyotes
then skate out for warmups, wondering where the heck the pucks are.  Geez,
ya gotta love the colorful guys in the league.
(As told by a friend at the Sharks/Coyotes game and warmups..)  ;-)


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> Scott Surgent
> Tempe AZ


 
 
 

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Post by George Trifano » Sat, 19 Oct 1996 04:00:00

Had a chance to see a game -- can't complain too much -- the tickets were free
-- but we sat in the "obstructed view" seats (which includes the whole north
end of the arena behind the goal - 2500 seats or so ...).  Luckily, we were at
an angle so if I contorted my head I could see just about everything except
behind the goal.  Most of the others behind the goal cannot see anything below
the blue line.  Even at $8.75, if you can only see 2/3 of the ice it's not
worth it ... there is a screen above but the picture is blurry, fuzzy and
lifting your head up and down hurts after a while.  Definitely not a hockey
venue.  It is sad to realize that just down the street is a wonderful hockey
facility - the Icehouse on McDowell (Veterans Memorial Coliseum) with
wonderful sightlines and not a bad seat in the house.  But no luxury boxes and
Pizza Huts!  

 
 
 

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Post by Scott Surgen » Sat, 19 Oct 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> Had a chance to see a game -- can't complain too much -- the tickets were free
> -- but we sat in the "obstructed view" seats (which includes the whole north
> end of the arena behind the goal - 2500 seats or so ...).  Luckily, we were at
> an angle so if I contorted my head I could see just about everything except
> behind the goal.  Most of the others behind the goal cannot see anything below
> the blue line.  Even at $8.75, if you can only see 2/3 of the ice it's not
> worth it ... there is a screen above but the picture is blurry, fuzzy and
> lifting your head up and down hurts after a while.  Definitely not a hockey
> venue.  It is sad to realize that just down the street is a wonderful hockey
> facility - the Icehouse on McDowell (Veterans Memorial Coliseum) with
> wonderful sightlines and not a bad seat in the house.  But no luxury boxes and
> Pizza Huts!

My seat is off toward a corner.  I can see everything except the
North-West corner, so I guess I'm lucky.  I have a hunch something is
going to have to be done.  Poor sightlines can be overlooked for now,
but soon, people will grow tired of it, and those seats will be
unsellable.

I've been to many Runners games at the Vet and love the arena.  It's
just no longer viable as an NHL arena as a money-maker...

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Scott Surgent
Tempe AZ