Sunday, March 16, 2014

Why last night was the best hockey game I've been to.

The first time I went to a hockey game it was a Men's UW Badger game, and I was going with a coworker (2002).  It took me 2 periods to be able to know where the puck was.  It was fun, but crowded.

The second time I went was with a friend and her sister & friend.  It was also a Men's UW Badger Game, probably around 2004 or 2005.  I had been given free tickets from a coworker.  Again, crowded, and this time the dynamic was a bit awkward...

In 2010, Jeff, Rhyanne, and I went to a Women's UW Badger game, which was fun, but in the Kohl Center with low attendance.  The atmosphere was very low key and (no offense girls) kinda boring.

Jeff & I went to a Stoughton game in 2011, but we got there late and sat in the visitor's section, so, again, awkward...

Last month I had the opportunity to go to a Men's UW Badger game in a Hospitality Suite.  That was sweet!  I went with people from work, and had a good time.  BUT our suite was in the middle of the student section, and their chants have become quite, uh, not family friendly.  When the coworker I drove with was ready to go, so was I.  But it wasn't because of the game, it was because of the students.  That was disappointing.
at the Kohl Center

playing with the panorama function on my phone

But last night, last night was the best hockey game I've been to.  Kiaj and Jereyl had come up on Friday to surprise Jeff for a birthday weekend, and we decided attending the UW Madison vs. Harvard Women's Hockey game would be something fun to do!
hey, where you goin' Bucky?
We were lucky to get tickets - which we did online in the AM.  We got tickets in Row 1 - so we were right up on the glass.  Look at Bucky up there - that's not zoomed!  Standing up we were right on the glass.  At one point a puck hit the glass HARD, right in front of Kiaj & Jereyl, and they totally flinched.  Darn good thing that glass was there.
This game was in a much smaller arena, and it was full.  There was great energy the entire time, and the chants were very PG.  In fact, when the announcer said that there was one minute left in the period, the crowd responded with "Thank you!"  The crowd was on the whole time, and the game was really action-packed.
panorama didn't work out so well on this one...  we were sitting in the bottom left, right on the glass
It was a great time, so much fun to be there with everyone.  Best hockey game I've every been to!

the happy Hartwigs


  1. Looks like a good time! I think I might have gotten a little claustrophobic with the glass right there, though! Next row up for me, please! :)

  2. Didn't Jereyl want in the picture? Looks like a good time was had by all ! Mom

    1. He was in the bathroom. His bladder is as small as a woman's - he had to use the facilities 4 times during the game!