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UnionHockeyManiac
04-11-2014, 09:13 AM
I thought Xfinity live was awesome too. Great pre-game spot. Union fans mostly stayed in their own area at Victory Beer Hall, but the overall atmosphere was perfect.

Pucknut
04-11-2014, 09:27 AM
Best Sign: Fighting Whouix...

LTsatch
04-11-2014, 10:22 AM
I had a great time with some Yale friends and about 300 Minnesota pals in the PBR bull riding bar at Xfinity live. If you have not seen the show there it is is worth checking out. I ended up paying an attendee $40 for a club level seat, about 15 minutes before the first game. If you can manage to get into that level, it is well worth the upgrade with a section bar and bartender, plus a waitress. $8 beers were not astronomical considering the prices at other northeast venues. Great hockey, great crowd and venue, what more could you ask for.

Steve_MN
04-11-2014, 10:34 AM
There weren't big swaths of empty seats, like in may previous FFs (except for the Minnesota section during the first game, shame on you Minnesota). Either the NCAA or somebody did a better job of allocating the seats to the corporate and NCAA bigwigs who often don't show up (or they actually did show up). Pretty sure they didn't sell out, because I got another email Thursday morning saying there were still tickets available. Upper tier in the ends were pretty empty, except for the bands, but otherwise the empty seats were dispersed, so the place looked reasonably full, and gradually the lower bowl seats filled in, probably by upper bowl folks who moved down. The ushers didn't do much to prevent it (sometimes even during play :mad:).

Very nice facility. Scarlet's right about the pizza -- you need two plates and two hands. And either the traffic is very well planned or we were extraordinarily lucky. We back to our hotel near the airport 15 minutes from the end of the game.
Knowing a few people in the Gopher's section, a lot of them stuck at XFinity Live until the Gophers did their red-carpet entrance, then they came in to the game.

dxmnkd316
04-11-2014, 11:43 AM
The ridiculously large slice of Lorenzo & Sons pizza I had at the Wells Fargo Center was quite possibly the best pizza I've ever had, especially in an arena. And the chocolate ice cream? Awesome. Almost makes up for the insane people traffic jam on the concourse after the first game. God forbid there was an emergency or something.

I have to say, that pizza I had from L&Ss was not that great. Not sure if it was just the one I had or not. The sauce tasted like spaghetti-o's sauce, the crust was soggy, the cheese was Chuck-E-Cheese greasy. Yuck. The fries though at one of the stands were incredible.

dxmnkd316
04-11-2014, 11:46 AM
VIDEO & AUDIO RECORDING
Video & audio recording equipment is not permitted in the Wells Fargo Center.
(from the WFC website). THis may cause problems if your DSLR records videos (most do).


They let me in. Just an FYI :)

dxmnkd316
04-11-2014, 11:47 AM
There weren't big swaths of empty seats, like in may previous FFs (except for the Minnesota section during the first game, shame on you Minnesota). Either the NCAA or somebody did a better job of allocating the seats to the corporate and NCAA bigwigs who often don't show up (or they actually did show up). Pretty sure they didn't sell out, because I got another email Thursday morning saying there were still tickets available. Upper tier in the ends were pretty empty, except for the bands, but otherwise the empty seats were dispersed, so the place looked reasonably full, and gradually the lower bowl seats filled in, probably by upper bowl folks who moved down. The ushers didn't do much to prevent it (sometimes even during play :mad:).

Very nice facility. Scarlet's right about the pizza -- you need two plates and two hands. And either the traffic is very well planned or we were extraordinarily lucky. We back to our hotel near the airport 15 minutes from the end of the game.

For the record, the Union and BC sections were fairly empty as well during the Gopher-Sioux game...

dxmnkd316
04-11-2014, 11:49 AM
I thought Xfinity live was awesome too. Great pre-game spot. Union fans mostly stayed in their own area at Victory Beer Hall, but the overall atmosphere was perfect.

Xfinity Live may be the best bar (or bar complex, I guess) I have ever been to. It was truly magnificent. The bathrooms were uber clean and they had an attendant. The beer was fairly cheap. THe crowds were rowdy. It was amazing.

LTsatch
04-11-2014, 12:04 PM
I have to say, that pizza I had from L&Ss was not that great. Not sure if it was just the one I had or not. The sauce tasted like spaghetti-o's sauce, the crust was soggy, the cheese was Chuck-E-Cheese greasy. Yuck. The fries though at one of the stands were incredible.

The pizza at the rink looked like a sargento covered doormat, BTW with are crab fries?

Scarlet
04-11-2014, 12:36 PM
The pizza at the rink looked like a sargento covered doormat, BTW with are crab fries?

It wasn't. It was a big slice of heaven that I intend to order again on Saturday. Just went to Pat's for a steak wit with whiz. Ate it in the cab to the train station for the trek back to AC. And proceeded to drip the grease and cheese on myself. It was delish!!

hobeydog
04-11-2014, 01:10 PM
XFINITY LIVE is spectacular but I don't see any comments about Chickie's and Pete's which is another incredible sports bar, not right at the Sports Complex but walkable for most(less than a mile). Walk north on Broad Street toward Center City to Packer Ave(at the Expressway) turn left(west) and you're there...very highly rated by ESPN and the originator of crab fries. With the warm weather(my thermometer reads 76), the place should be hopping tonight with the Friday night crowd and Phillies pre-game.

I recommend pizza with some trepidation because tastes vary, but there is an authentic South Philly pizza place a couple of doors from C&P's called Celebre's. They also have strombolis and lots of other Italian menu items and you can buy a reasonably-priced bottled beer there. It's very casual and quintessential South Philly. All I can say is I've been going there for thirty years.

Also, a couple of more doors down is Termini's a well-known Philly bakery. The cannolis are outstanding.

Have fun.

theprofromdover
04-11-2014, 02:34 PM
NCAA/governing body of college sports.

You're not the sharpest tool in the shed, eh?

JakeMalloy
04-11-2014, 03:31 PM
You're not the sharpest tool in the shed, eh?

Anyway have a bead on tickets for Sat. night? We have a bunch of Union fans coming in and are trying to get seats together. If you have seats or know fans selling in large(ish) blocks please let me know.

jakemalloy@live.com

Thanks. Go U!

CLS
04-11-2014, 05:06 PM
For the record, the Union and BC sections were fairly empty as well during the Gopher-Sioux game...Yes, entirely fair comment. I take back the "shame on you, Minnesota"; instead, I say "Good for you, North Dakota". Their section looked pretty full both games.

Steve_MN
04-12-2014, 11:37 AM
The pizza at the rink looked like a sargento covered doormat, BTW with are crab fries?
Krinkle cut french fries with a seasoning mixture that was originally the leftovers from the summer crab season at the restaurant, from what I gathered on their website. Going to to try them out tonight.

dxmnkd316
04-12-2014, 12:57 PM
I've had a number of great meals out here.

4 Fathers - honest Abe sandwich. Fries are some of the best I've ever had
DiNic's - roast pork with provolone. Outstanding meat. I'm going back for the brisket tomorrow.
Jim's Steaks - I didn't even need to bother with the other two gut rot factories. The steak sandwich delivered. Probably could have used a bit of salt and pepper when grilling. But overall very good.


Also, getting the subway tokens was a mistake. I've walked **** near everywhere this weekend with the exception of the Battleship New Jersey and the stadium.

LTsatch
04-12-2014, 01:19 PM
Krinkle cut french fries with a seasoning mixture that was originally the leftovers from the summer crab season at the restaurant, from what I gathered on their website. Going to to try them out tonight.

French fries with Old Bay seasoning for $12 just doesn't do it for me. I thought it was deep fried pieces of crab, then we might be talking. The braciole sandwich in the arena is interesting and quite spicy ( grilled split sausage lined with hot peppers and topped with beef shank and provolone), I wished I had gone for the traditional sausage and peppers, which I did not find until I had already eaten.

CLS
04-12-2014, 02:43 PM
Got a question for folks who went to the games Thursday. When we went in, we got a free goody of some sort. But I have no idea what it is. It's made out of stretchy cloth, joined along an edge. Pardon my stupidity, but can anyone tell me what it's supposed to be?

Siouxfaninseattle
04-12-2014, 03:06 PM
I've had a number of great meals out here.

4 Fathers - honest Abe sandwich. Fries are some of the best I've ever had
DiNic's - roast pork with provolone. Outstanding meat. I'm going back for the brisket tomorrow.
Jim's Steaks - I didn't even need to bother with the other two gut rot factories. The steak sandwich delivered. Probably could have used a bit of salt and pepper when grilling. But overall very good.


Also, getting the subway tokens was a mistake. I've walked **** near everywhere this weekend with the exception of the Battleship New Jersey and the stadium.

DiNic's is great. We ate there yesterday and went back today. Where are you staying that you can walk everywhere? I guess downtown.

dxmnkd316
04-12-2014, 03:31 PM
At Windsor suites next to city hall and Comcast center.