Is there any better feeling for a hockey fan than walking into an NHL arena, hungry for some puck? Think about it: the chill you get from the coldness of an empty arena; the anticipation while watching your favorite players warm up before the game; and even the smell of hot dogs, beer and popcorn ruminating throughout the building while you await the home team’s entrance onto the rink.
“Sometimes I’d sit in the stands alone in the shadows and savor the tranquility of the arena,” says Marcel Roy, father of the Hall of Fame goaltender. “It was a place of contemplation, like an empty church.”
This is the feeling many hockey fans get when they sit an arena before a game begins. And really, why shouldn’t it feel that way? The arena is like a temple to a hockey fan—it’s a place that we go to relax, to enjoy ourselves and really, it’s a place of religion. And if you don’t believe that, remember: hockey games have more attendance than church masses.
The arena is indeed important.