If you've never been to a Bakersfield Condors hockey game, then you're missing an experience that I never knew existed here!
You'd think that a guy who was born and raised in Minnesota would knew everything about hockey and been to dozens of Wild hockey games, but I hadn't. I never really got into hockey to be honest. Most of my friends are fanatics about pro hockey, but I never really was. I've even lived and worked in radio in the Northern Minnesota town of Eveleth, where the Hockey Hall of Fame is located, but still really got into the game.
On Friday, I was asked to have lunch with the players, coaches and staff and got to know many people in the organization. Ryan Holt and I talked for a while and he explained how the puck drop works as well as the fun to expect at the "Star Wars" themes night:
My entire visual of the game changed on Saturday night, when my wife and I sat in the front row while waiting to drop the ceremonial puck. The game itself is exciting even if you only know that a puck going into the net (for the correct team) is exciting and the place erupts. Not only that, but the Condors have mastered the ability to excited fans at Rabobank like I've never seen before! You can't help but feel complete adrenaline before the game even starts with the atmosphere, lights, and P.A. announcer. They really put on a great show around the game.
We had planned to drop the puck and then head out to a prior commitment, but ended up staying much longer than we expected and vowed that we are going to as many games as possible pretty quickly. Sure, we were in the front row/center and right at the ground level of all the action, but I don't believe that there is a bad seat in the house.
Within the 1st few minutes of the game, they scored 2 goals and we got into it pretty quickly. They ended up shutting out the Ontario Reign 7-0 on Saturday night.
A huge "THANK YOU" to the Condors staff for giving us such a great experience on Saturday. You have made a couple super fans who are excited to see the next game at home on March 27th!