It certainly feels like we have "scored" with the weather in Florida this year... I was speaking with Graydon, our Financial Planner today in Barrie, Ontario today, and he said he was simply going to follow us around when he retires, as we seem to luck out with great weather! Although it has been cool out in the South West, it certainly looks like it is ready to warm up!
As you are no doubt all aware, yesterday was the first day of Training Camps for the NHL Teams who are getting ready to start the new season!
So, that made today, the first day that tickets are available for sale to the public! They NHL released the shortened schedule for all the teams yesterday, and I was very quick to pick up on the magic date of Feb. 19, 2013, as the date the Toronto Maple Leafs will play in The Tampa Bay Times Forum against the Lightning.
I tried this morning, after 9:00 a.m. to buy tickets on Ticketmaster, the Company that does the online sales.... how frustrating! Due to the fact I am a Canadian, they will only mail the tickets to the billing address of our Visa Card, which of course is up in Ontario! HELLO.... I'm in FLORIDA! They were not allowed for whatever reason to sell them to me on the phone! Go figure. No problem...
Judy comes along and simply says... "hey, it's a nice day, lets drive over to Tampa and buy the tickets at the Arena! " Perfect! After all, it's 85 deg. F. out there!
It is a nice 85 klms. drive over to Tampa... just a little over an hour drive.
Success! In no time we scored a couple tickets for the Leaf Game! We are only 7 rows up from the ice... we should be able to talk to the players! The tickets are only $68.00 here... of course in Toronto that would be the downpayment on the tickets, and you would have had to sign for the 20 year first mortgage on your first born child to obtain the ticket!
We were also able to buy a $12.00 parking ticket, and drive right underneath the arena and park! The Jeep will be happy there!
I did not recognise the brass statute of the suit holding the hockey stick above, and they did not have any identification on it... probably the founder of the club.
Above is the neat piece of art in front of the arena... a lightning bolt of course!
Anyways... turned out to be an awesome day for a bike ride, and we scored a couple Leaf tickets... now I have to wash up my Leaf Jersey!