Nottingham Arena (Nottingham Panthers)
Nottingham Arena (Nottingham Panthers) Reviews
The Nottingham Panthers Mar 01, 2008
The National Ice Arena has just been built up in Nottingham and it can now hold a capacity of nearly 10,000, but this can go considerably higher when the venue hosts gigs and concerts. Recently acts such as Oasis, The Kings of Leon, The Verve, The Killers and The Prodigy to name but a few have performed there. It's not the greatest venue for music in my opinion, but it does have the ability to attract some of the worlds biggest acts. As it's name suggests, it is also home to a lot of skating and Ice Hockey events. On this particular night (1st March), I went to watch the Nottingham Panthers play against their local rivals, Coventry Blaze.
The tickets cost me £16.50, which I think is very reasonable considering the cost of other sporting events. The crowd is also very mixed with its male to female ratio and a lot of families come to watch as well.
In this particular game, the hype pre-kick-off was quite huge. Coventry Blaze had all but won the league and Nottingham Panthers had just won the cup so it was a bit of a grudge match. Blaze came out on the ice closely followed by the Panthers (led by Paws, the mascot). The National anthem was played and then it was set for the KO. All of a sudden a fight brakes out before the puck has even touched the ice! This is going to be a violent game tonight!!
When the first period got underway, the Panthers were looking quite good. They had a lot of possession, but couldn't find the net. The next thing I knew, the music to Rocky was being played as another fight broke out! Are kids really watching this I wondered?
As the game went on, Paws was walking through the crowd passing the Challenge Cup along each row of fans. Every fan in the arena got to lift the trophy. Wow! This is ice hockey's equivalent of the FA Cup and it's being passed into our grubby mits! Amazing.
Blaze started stronger in the second period and quickly scored. The Panthers retaliated and bagged an equaliser, but Blaze carried on and the period ended with Blaze up 3-1.
Blaze were now showing some title winning dominance and went up 5-1 in the 3rd period and the frustration clearly got to the Panthers as a third fight broke out and that's the way the game ended.
Impressively, the whole crowd stayed to watch the match until the end and applauded the performance. I liked this level of respect. I'm more used to football matches and watching home fans leave early instead of seeing their team walk off after defeat; it's pretty poor really.
Ice hockey is a great and entertaining sport and would recommend it to everyone. It's an affordable piece of family fun which will have you singing along and showing your support. The Nottingham Ice Arena is a great venue for such a sport.
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