Have you been to any away games? If so, share your experiences. Mine are right below:
In January of 2010, I went to Staples Center (in LA) with my grandfather who lives in Encino. This was my first road game. I met a few fellow fans in teal around the arena and had some nice chats with them before the Sharks would end up with a 2-1 victory that night, revenge for a debacle that happened against the same team on their own ice just a week earlier.
One year after that, I went to the Shark Infestation game with my mom, who became hooked on hockey as much as I did after going off to school at SJSU. We had a blast before the game as we met so many Sharks fans who came in off the buses at a restaurant just in front of the quack pond. We had so much fun being surrounded in teal in the arena, we even made a “Fear the Fin” sign and had some great experiences with the fans even though the Sharks didn’t win that game.
A couple months after the infestation, I came home again this time for spring break, and my mom had some quick family business to attend to in Phoenix and coincidentally, the Sharks were in town at the same time, so we decided we better get to that game! The Jobing.com Arena is in Glendale, a suburb of Phoenix about half an hour northwest of Downtown. The area around the place is so nice, it kind of feels like you’re out in the countryside, so peaceful; there’s also a nice food court right outside. After we parked, there were a couple of young Coyotes fans who badgered us once they saw us step out of the car with our Sharks gear and Fear the Fin sign, though I did respond with a couple words, but nothing serious. There were many teal bleeders there as well, including some who sat near us at the restaurant we had a quick bite at before the game. During the game, as the Sharks worked toward a 4-1 victory I told my mom they were making up for the goals she didn't get to see in Anaheim, including Clowe (her favorite).
What have your experiences at away games been like?