Even though I knew there was going to be a lockout, I bought WC tickets. They went on sale in August last year, before the lockout was official, and there was no way I was going to chance missing it. When I had the option after the game was officially canceled, I retained my tickets, because for me, this is a once in a life time opportunity. People in Michigan have substantially more opportunities to attend Wings' games than I do, so when I get the chance and the means to go...I go. I've been to 8-9 Wings' games and only one was at the Joe, so this is a big deal for me. I'm just hoping they release the Winter Festival schedule so I can plan my trip already.
I would rather take the $400 I would spend on the NHL Winter Classic tickets, go downtown Detroit, and spend that money watching the game at a local restaurant or bar. I would spend about $100 there, and then go to the next bar or restaurant, watch the game and drop another $100. In the end, I would have given $400 to the people who were really affected by the lockout and not the NHL or NHLPA.
I know, it all comes down to personal preference and I don't disagree with what you are doing. I do hope you enjoy the Winter Classic. I am just venting at this point, and probably will be for a little bit longer. The wounds are still fresh.
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