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Video- Recap Of The Stadium Series Game

via the YouTube page of the NHL,

Relive the excitement of the 2020 Stadium Series between the Los Angeles Kings and the Colorado Avalanche at the Air Force Academy.

 

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NHLJeff's avatar

I was there, and it was an absolute disaster. People are calling it the “NHL’s Fyre Festival.”

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 02/16/20 at 12:21 PM ET

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That’s really too bad Jeff.  I tweeted out the same article this morning which included this.

Person paid $350 for his seat, look at the view.

Sounds like it was a huge mess for people who attended and that is too bad. A sour taste for years to come.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/16/20 at 12:27 PM ET

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It was a rough experience in so many ways. Usually takes just over an hour from Denver, and it took us 4. Then it took us nearly 2 hours to leave the parking lot after the game. They also expected us to walk on dark, rough sheets of ice to get in from the parking lot. I don’t even want to get into the disaster that was inside the stadium…

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 02/16/20 at 12:34 PM ET

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A male civilian died after the game, the Academy announced today.

They are investigating.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/16/20 at 04:28 PM ET

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That’s awful.

It sounds, based on the linked article, like they were so eager to push and cash in
this partnership that the responsible parties gave so little care to logistics (not to mention quality of fan experience) that they actually put people in grueling or even dangerous situations just trying to get to and from the game. Cold, dark, heavy traffic, tens of thousands of frustrated fans stuck for hours and then having to expose themselves to that traffic while trying to cover several miles on foot.

Posted by lefty.30 on 02/16/20 at 07:15 PM ET

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And remember, the NHL is in complete charge of these games, basically the Avs were just the host team.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/16/20 at 07:17 PM ET

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A lot of people in Colorado tend to be pretty fit, but not everyone who wants to enjoy a hockey game, a special event, is an endurance athlete. Thinking of older fans, people with young kids, people with medical conditions…

Posted by lefty.30 on 02/16/20 at 09:13 PM ET

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It was a rough experience in so many ways. Usually takes just over an hour from Denver, and it took us 4. Then it took us nearly 2 hours to leave the parking lot after the game. They also expected us to walk on dark, rough sheets of ice to get in from the parking lot. I don’t even want to get into the disaster that was inside the stadium…

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 02/16/20 at 11:34 AM ET

I used to live in Colorado Springs (between the Academy’s North & South Gates on the other side of the expressway and also in Denver (actually right by Centennial airport)
[also lived in Chapel Hill, NC in case you’re going to the next one] and will confirm it’s about an hour trip.  It’s 75 mph out there most of the way so you can go 78 with no problem. In the Winter though the trip can take much, much, much longer though—esp if the expressway is shut down to traffic at Monument Hill or in Castle Rock.

If you ever have that problem in Castle Rock get off at Founders/Hwy 86 and take it to Hwy 83. It’s also a good shortcut to traffic when the USAFA has home football games against a real opponent. Or during construction season. Easy driving just avoid it during a southwester blizzard.

If you’ve ever been to a USAFA football game late in the fall you can attest to these same conditions and problems happen. It’s just not as well attended so they don’t last that long. Were they doing full vehicle checks and/or did you have to submit names so they could run a background check in advance?

I would complain and link the NHL’s PR dept to your twitter or snap feeds, maybe the send you some leftover swag or something. Write the letters, it’s usually worth the effort.

PS The guy died on a bridge over the railroad tracks that serves those long coal trains.

 

Posted by d ca on 02/18/20 at 12:32 AM ET

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