I've lived in the the Capital Region of New York for the last six years, but never ventured to Schenectady, NY to see a Union College hockey game. My son had been asking to go to a hockey game and I thought it would be a good time to go.
I went online to purchase tickets at 11:00 A.M. and was informed via the website that online ticket sales closed at 12:01 A.M. last night. There was a number listed on the site, so I called it up and was told that there were "plenty of tickets available" by the person on the phone. So I wasn't overly concerned about getting tickets to the game.
After a long day of running errands I left for the game with my son. We were both extremely excited to go to a new venue and watch some hockey.
We arrived at the arena at about 7:00 P.M, and were confused where to park. There was no parking clearly marked, and we were forced to park on the street like everyone else. They area where we parked was very "shady" and extremely dark. I was extra careful getting my son out of the car but we still almost got hit as we crossed the street. I asked a person who was directing traffic if that's where people parked and she said "Yes, just don't park in front of a fire hydrant."
I walked up to the arena tightly clenching my sons hand. We walked around the facility towards the front gate and into the entrance. As we walked in we were brushed by some drunk college students who didn't seem to care a four year-old was walking by them. We got in ticket line and didn't have to wait long to get to the ticket window. I asked for two tickets, one adult and one child. The girl said "the only tickets I have left aren't together but they are in the same row, so you shouldn't have trouble sitting together." I figured since I've never been there before I'd trust her judgement. So we got our tickets and entered the rink.
|Tickets from the game|
At this point my son was extremely well behaved and was keeping to himself. As the arena filled in we had some people sit in front of us which completely obstructed my son's view. Then a person sat behind my son, and it was so tight, it was like my son was sitting on the guys lap. The seats were so close together it was extremely uncomfortable. As the game started my son got antsy and start to move around but had no wiggle room and was accidentally kicking the woman in front of us. Finally after about 10 minutes of feeling completely miserable I walked down the bleachers and stood at ice level with my son. We stood there for a few minutes as I tried to snap a few pictures. Suddenly a guy who was also taking pictures felt the need to stand right in front of me and block my view. I decided to move to the other side of the rink but eventually got sick of standing so I decided to leave with my son. As we left the arena we walked by about 10 college students drinking beer, and acting stupid.
Overall, it was a terrible experience for my son and I. I always try to find a silver lining in every bad experience but I couldn't find one. The only positive part of the game is when I pulled into my driveway.