For whatever reason Friday nights from my work to the Wachovia Complex doesn't take as long so I had an easy time getting down and in. There was just a ton of people at this game last night. I basically had to park closer to the Wachovia Center then the spectrum.
I picked up my ticket at Will call and there was 4 lines 7 people deep in will call.
Lines to get into the building were long and one almost wrapped the whole side of the building.
I get in quick walk to my first row seat next to the bench and look up all the black drapes that usually hang covering the top 2 tiers are gone. The lower bowl was pretty close to full as were the boxes. The second level had a pretty good presence of people too.
To me this was exciting. The Spectrum is where I saw all my Flyers games growing up.
the last few Phantoms games I have been to the center sections are filled but the corners generally are not and not alot of people in the upper tier at all.
The crowd which seemed to be a good mix was very into the game and loud.
I felt like I was watching a re run of the previous night's Flyers game. Out Shooting the opponent and the Phantoms would score then the Bear would score tit for tat. There was some rough stuff. Nate Guenin had a fight which iwas on the concourse for so no pics of vids sorry folks.
Phantoms ended up winning in shoot out. Tolpeko had 2 regulation goals and one in the shoot out.
I saw John Steven, Stephan Ruzicka and Darren Reid on the concourse.
ahl.com has the attendance last night at 11, 208! I guess people here still need their hockey fix while the NHL is on the All-Star break. Good to hear.
Another reason why I don't want to see the Spectrum come down besides all of the past Flyers and Phantoms memories is for the very reason that it is fun to be able to attend the Phantoms games locally to check out the prospects.
good report as usual,thanks for a fan up in Canada that doesn't get to many games so I really enjoy reports!!!!
I was there too! All the way from Nashville. It was a great game and was obvious that everyone was enjoying themselves immensely. Don't let them tear down the Spectrum...it's got to stay.
Thanks guys. I think the phantoms had more attendance then the sixers isn't that awesome!Yeah I don't want to see the spectrum torn down. I saw just a ton of hockey there. I remember in high school when my team got to play there before a Flyers game that was just the coolest thing ever.