March 25, 2015
My daughter (Kate) joined me for my 12th game of my 30 game trip, which was a very nice treat! We arrived at Rogers Centre about an hour before the game, and noticed the Roger Neilson statue as we were about to enter the building. Rogers Centre is located in the downtown area, close to where people live, work, and hang out for food and drink, a great location for an arena!
As I settled into my seat, I was greeted by someone from the Canucks organization, who presented me with a signed Daniel Sedin hat. Very cool! As with each of my previous 11 games, I took a photo of the opening face-off.
Rogers Centre is a great modern building, well laid out with elbow room in the concourses, and plenty of food and drink choices in the lobby areas. I decided to try the perogy dog, which my daughter sourced out on the internet as a fan favourite. As we entered the line to order our dog, we were offered a menu to look at the various hot dog choices. First time I was offered a menu when ordering a hot dog. The perogy dog was delicious, and ranks tops as my favourite food item eaten thus far into my trip.
The Canucks faced the Winnipeg Jets tonight, and there were probably 700 Jets fans in the building, their cheering which exceeded their numbers. The Jets were leading the game 2-0 in the middle of the second period, and I was taken aside to do an interview with Dan Murphy from Sportsnet. The Canucks proceeded to score three goals just after the interview, and went on to win the game by a score of 5-2, the last two goals scored into the empty net.
A couple of last tidbits about Rogers Centre. Their stanchions light up (and in different colours), which is very cool during the pre-game countdown and for the national anthem.
Another first for the trip (so far) – they still do the wave in Vancouver, which most rinks (and fans) do less than in past years. (I haven’t seen the wave in any other rinks up to this point in my trip.) But it makes sense for Vancouver fans to do the wave – their beautiful city is on the ocean after all! I love Vancouver, and wish I could have enjoyed the city for a longer time!