I had been to the Rose Bowl before, but that was for a UCLA regular season game. But to go to the Rose Bowl game itself was something that I always wanted to do.
I didn’t do it last year mainly because I didn’t really think about it. Plus I was already so excited about the parade that I just let it be. However this year, I knew that I had to go to it. Especially since I grew up a Cal fan and have a soft spot for Michigan State sports, it was a game I had to attend.
Following the parade, I decided to drive to the Rose Bowl. I didn’t have a ticket and I didn’t even know if I could go in. I was told that I could just show up to the parking lot and mingle with people and maybe someone would sell me a ticket. I should have done that.
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It was a good environment for a hockey game.
I went to the Honda Center (I still call it “The Pond”) for the first time ever to catch the Ducks take on the Sharks. This was something I had wanted to do for a while and with the Sharks in town for New Year’s Eve, I decided why not?
The entire arena itself is pretty nice. It’s not messy and it’s easy to maneuver around. Ducks fans weren’t arrogant as I thought they were and I suppose it was nice for them not to have me be all loud since the Sharks stunk it up.
But overall, the experience was nice. It wasn’t even expensive and getting there was easy. The goal horn isn’t as annoying as the one the Kings use, so I at least know I will likely be back here for one more game this year.