Stanley Cup Finals: The Atmosphere in Vancouver Prior to Game 7
VANCOUVER - It is a bright sunny day in Vancouver, and record setting crowds are rushing into the downtown core for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks.
For Game 5, the last game in Vancouver, over 100,000 fans crowded into downtown to watch the games in the bars and outdoor viewing areas around Roger's Arena. That wasn't a very nice day, being overcast and threatening to rain.
Today is a bright sunny summer day in Vancouver, and with the Stanley Cup on the line, the Vancouver police are expecting crowds in excess of 200,000.
The atmosphere seems to be one of nervous anticipation. The Canucks have ruled in Vancouver, winning all three home games so far, but they were just blow-out 5-2 in Boston for Game 6.
Still, the prevailing mood seems to be one of anticipation and optimism.
Prior to Game 5, I described the mood in the city as brittle. I felt that if the Canucks were on the ropes in the first period, that the crowd in Roger's Arena would be silenced.
I was wrong.
The crowd was loud and raucous, hitting the 119 decibel mark consistently during the game. That is rock concert loud, and my ears were ringing afterwards.
Tonight, I expect the crowd to be even louder. And I expect the Canucks to feed off that energy.
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