I live in the area, so I decided to a buy a ticket and go see the game. It's the first time I've been to the Honda Center, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. It's a nice, shiny venue, but it lacks the character and history of the Joe. The Ducks only have a few banners up, and 3/5 of them are all about Detroit's decision to let them borrow our Cup last year.
The crowd seems programmed to cheer at anything a player named Pronger or Niedermayer does, particulary when they decide to pick on the little guys. Meanwhile, anytime someone so much as touches a hair on any Duck head, they're screaming bloody murder. I guess that part isn't too different from your average hockey crowd, but they do seem easily offended there. Any time the penalty is against your team, the refs aren't wearing their glasses, but if it's against the other guys, boy, they really had it coming.
It was good to see so many red jerseys in the crowd, too. I don't recall seeing as many supporters for a visiting team at any of the other arenas I've visited.
I also discovered that we're fortunate to have a team with a two syllable name. When there's some guy in the crowd banging on a cow bell, trying to encourage the "Lets go <team name>" chant, it doesn't work too well if your team's name has one syllable. "Let's go Duuuh-uuuhcks" is completely lacking in charm.
SevumarMember Since 08 Oct 2007
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