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Frozen Fury Night One: Pictures and Observations

Last night marked the very first NHL game in T-Mobile Arena history, and hopefully the last time the Stars ever win in this building.

First, let’s start with some observations, then we will get to the pictures and videos.

  • Parking was easy, but they charge a $20 flat rate at NYNY and Monte Carlo. It’s free for locals at MGM Grand, Excalibur, Luxor, or Aria.
  • Ticket box/will call was very easy, short lines and very helpful.
  • Trip from entrance to seat took about 10 minutes.
  • Once I could see the ice, I seriously felt a chill. The air was crisp, it was noticeably cold.
  • You could see ice from parts of the concourse which was cool, so it never feels like you never miss gameplay.
  • The ice was incredibly clear and very bright, creating great visibility.
  • The ice seemed very fast. Like a clean sheet during the entire period rather than just the beginning. Players were gliding.
  • The boards were “live.” Big rebounds off the backboards behind the goalies. Two goals created from backboard deflections. Huge offensive impact if no adjustment is made.
  • Boards also seemed very stiff, didn’t move when players landed body checks.
  • Granted it was preseason, but there were so many penalties.
  • Penalty boxes look very big, almost like the league is expecting multiple players in one box at a time. Plenty of fans will be able to harass penalized players. And more importantly plenty of space for that SinBin.vegas ad we’ve been dreaming of.
  • Stanchions were slanted under new NHL regulations for player safety.

  • The video board was alive. Did a great job of distracting fans from game pauses.
  • PA voice was loud and clear.
  • Old arena organ music was a great fit
  • Video board also had big, clear numbers so you could find the score and time at all times.
  • I can’t really say how the fan traffic during intermissions and the end of the game. It seemed to move quickly and smoothly. (Post in comments if you were there)
  • Locker room access was confusing. #PressPassProblems
  • Toshiba Plaza was packed afterwards with happy hockey fans.
  • Leaving for me was easy because I left an hour after the game.
  • Great experience, fans can’t wait for real hockey.

Now time for some pics!

Videos are onĀ our Twitter or my Twitter.

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Also, remember that tonight is the big night for Vegas Hockey Fan Fest. The Q&A with The Creator and GM George McPhee begins at 5 PM on Toshiba Plaza. We will be live tweeting all your stupid questions, so don’t sound dumb, we will make fun of you.

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6 Comments

  1. Holycowitsjenn

    Getting out was a bit of a pain. They did change the direction of the escalators until after the game ended which apparently take a few minutes so there was a pretty bad bottleneck at the top. Once that was fixed is was pretty smooth exiting.

    Lines for food at intermission were EXTREMELY long and slow moving.

    I hard a couple of the ushers were giving people a hard time before warm ups, not letting them down to the glass because they didn’t have tickets for the bowl…. just moved over a section and got in fine.

    All of this is train and error I think. Consessions seems to still be trying to find a groove, and with a hockey game the ushers and other staff are just gonna have to learn as they go. They’ve only dealt with concerts and probably do realize the warmup are kinda open-is searing and that unless the score is tied, it ends when it ends.

  2. A Fan

    Is it going to be a $20 parking charge per game at NY/NY & Monte Carlo for our games next year?

  3. RJ

    Kings logo on our center ice? GROSS!

  4. JAY T

    Kings lost both games…. GOOD! They better get used to losing when they play in Vegas!

  5. JAY T

    Some photos at the club/restaurant, whatever it is, would be nice. The purple light under it looks ridiculous. Overall, the arena looks pretty average. Maybe it’s just these photos that don’t do it justice…

    • I was just looking through the site and realized I really haven’t taken many pictures of Hyde. I’ll try and get them next time I’m in there.

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