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#2478657 Visiting Tampa Bay Times Forum--Tips?

Posted by McAwesome on 29 January 2014 - 03:32 AM

Hi all,


I'm thinking of going to the game vs the Lightning on 2/8/14 but have never been to the Forum and had a few questions for any of you who may have been there:


1.) From Lightning fans I hear there is no bad seat, but any suggestions?

2.) Can fans go near ice level to watch the warm ups even if their seat is not down there (like at the Joe)?

3.) Any suggestions for parking?

4.) Do you know where the Red Wings stay and is there a spot to catch them for autographs near the arena?

5.) Any other suggestions for my visit?


Thanks in advance!

If you decide to go, I'll see you there, as will about 10,000 other Wings fans, many of whom I'm sure lurk about these boards.


1) I've been to several games at the Forum, you heard correctly, there are no bad seats. I'm too cheap to try to get lower-bowl seats, but every section I've sat in at the terrace level has had great sight lines.


2) They check tickets before you can go down the steps for the lower bowl, so unless your tickets are in the 100's I'd guess probably no ice level for warmups.


3) Expect to pay about $10, plenty of places to park within 15 minutes walking distance from the arena, well lit streets with plenty of police presence, locals are pretty friendly towards visiting fans, never had a single issue.


4) Don't know, but closest hotels are Marriott Waterside, Embassy Suites Downtown Convention Center, and Westin Harbor Island, probably one of them.


5) The Channel District has lots of decent restaurants, can't speak to the bars/nightlife since I don't drink, but check out the these links for more info


Hope to see you (and a healthier Red Wings lineup) there, I'm in section 322, I'll be wearing my black Wings sweater, my very pregnant wife will be wearing a red Yzerman sweater, and my son will be wearing the road white

#2456028 11/21 GDT: Hurricanes 3 at Red Wings 4

Posted by McAwesome on 21 November 2013 - 02:43 PM

Lineups tonight per Khan:



Jimmy Howard

Cleary needs to be riding the pine, but if he's gonna be in this lineup he should be on the 4th line, and please for the love of Pete don't put Smith and Quincey back together:












#2445767 Favorite Red Wings Memes Thread

Posted by McAwesome on 18 October 2013 - 02:21 AM

Two of my best contributions to the internet:





#2443022 10/10 GDT: Coyotes 4 at Red Wings 2

Posted by McAwesome on 10 October 2013 - 04:27 PM

Just came here to say that our bottom six needs a lot less Cleary and Samuelsson and a LOT more Tatar, Nyquist, and TooToo.


Oh, and Go Wings!

#2439661 9/28 Pre-Season GDT : at Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Red Wings 1

Posted by McAwesome on 28 September 2013 - 07:47 PM

Im all for fast, young guys that hit and play good D.


Plus we need a former Wolverine to balance out the former Spartans we have on the team  :bad:

#2439202 Bertuzzi Needs To Retire

Posted by McAwesome on 26 September 2013 - 06:47 PM

I'm Pro-Bertuzzi all the way, I highly doubt he is even considering retirement at this point. I say keep him in the bottom-six rotation, let him sit every 3rd game or so unless injuries necessitate him being in the lineup every day. We need to have a guy his size that is willing to stand up for teammates if they get run. Also, I'd like to see what he could teach a guy like Sheahan, big body with slick hands, if he could pick up some pointers from Bert he'd be on his way to becoming a legit power forward.

#2437671 9/19 Pre-Season GDT : Red Wings 8 at Bruins 2

Posted by McAwesome on 19 September 2013 - 06:36 PM

Mickey redman just said tatars not going anywhere, and i trust that man word.

From your keyboard to YFMB's ears

#2429664 Captain vacancies

Posted by McAwesome on 11 July 2013 - 10:04 PM

NY Islanders - Tavares, no-brainer

Dallas - Benn, also a no-brainer

Ottawa - Karlsson would be my pick, but wouldn't be surprised if it is Spezza

Buffalo - Ville Leino  :ninja: (j/k probably Stafford or Ehrhoff)

Columbus - JMFJ or Dubinsky

Calgary - Giordano

Tampa - St. Louis, with Stamkos being the obvious successor when Marty retires

Edmonton - Eberle

#2429166 Player predictions

Posted by McAwesome on 09 July 2013 - 11:13 PM

Not that I disagree with any of your predictions specifically, but I wonder if a team has had all 12 of their regular forwards his double-digit goals.


Emdog will go 8/14 for 22 pts.


Yeah, on whichever bottom-dweller he gets traded to.

#2416953 Who Do You Want to Win the Cup?

Posted by McAwesome on 01 June 2013 - 10:18 PM

I vote Boston because: 


1. I hate Chicago and their "fans" who think their team is a legit dynasty even though most of them can't name who was captain before Toews. 


2. I hate Pittsburgh, their fans, Crosby, Malkin, Iginla, and the homerism of NBC. 


3. I don't want another team to win back-to-back Cups unless it's the Wings. 


And the city of Boston could use some good feelings. 


This, Boston/LA final is best-case scenario, with Boston winning, don't want either Pittsburgh or Chicago to even make the final

#2410961 2013 Round 2 Photoshop War: Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by McAwesome on 24 May 2013 - 04:22 PM

Can you redo this one with todays date?


I didn't see this request until just now, but I see Up Against The Boards beat me to it, so thank you


So I thought long and hard about how I could make this even funnier, and in the end, I came up empty.  Resizing a screen cap counts as a photoshop, right? :P



You gave me the perfect image to complete an idea I had last night, so thanks to you good sir (or ma'am):



#2408725 2013 Round 2 Photoshop War: Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by McAwesome on 21 May 2013 - 01:11 AM

Great job, IMO the funniest part is that the comic costs 20 cents  :lol:

#2408539 WCSF Game 3 GDT - Blackhawks 1 @ Red Wings 3 - (DET leads series 2-1)

Posted by McAwesome on 20 May 2013 - 09:34 PM

Hot off the presses:



#2408513 WCSF Game 3 GDT - Blackhawks 1 @ Red Wings 3 - (DET leads series 2-1)

Posted by McAwesome on 20 May 2013 - 09:26 PM

Looks like we are inside their heads now, wouldn't surprise me to see Bickell or Shaw do something suspension-worthy next game.  And is it just me, or does it look like someone shaved Fat Bastard's chest hair and glued the clippings onto Patrick Kane's neck? That is some of the ugliest facial hair I've ever seen!

#2408388 WCSF Game 3 GDT - Blackhawks 1 @ Red Wings 3 - (DET leads series 2-1)

Posted by McAwesome on 20 May 2013 - 09:05 PM

Now would be a good time to pick one up on the power play