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Fan’s Guide to St. Louis Blues Playoff Hockey
The St. Louis Blues begin playoff action Thursday, April 12, 2012 against the San Jose Sharks. The Blues finished the regular season with 109 points, second only to Vancouver's 111 in the Western Conference. Anticipation is high and fans are snapping up tickets for the first two playoff games, which are in St. Louis. Here are a few tips for seeing the Blues in person during the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year.
Venue - The Blues play in the Scottrade Center, located at the corner of 14th Street and Clark Avenue in downtown St. Louis. The arena is just two blocks off Interstate 64 (U.S. 40). The arena hosts 175 events a year and seats 19,150 for hockey.
Parking - The arena states there are 6,500 parking spots within 1,800 feet of the facility. Based on my experience in attending downtown St. Louis sporting events, fans can expect to pay $10-$20 for parking, depending on how far they want to walk to the game. There are metered spots on the nearby streets. Fans can also save money by riding the Metrolink. Exit at the Civic Center Station.
Food - The Scottrade Center features standard arena fare as well as more upscale choices, depending on seat location. The Blues Note Lounge is open only to Glass Seat Holders (rows A-D). This all-inclusive food and beverage restaurant is open two hours prior to the game until one hour after the final buzzer. All fans can enjoy the Bud Light Zone, which offers full dining and drinks. Happy Hour specials are available for Thursday and Friday games. The Bud Light Zone is open the same hours as the Blues Note Lounge.
Seating - As of this writing only scattered seats are left for the playoff opener, Thursday, April 12. Of course, that only considers Ticketmaster, which is the official ticket outlet for the Blues. A quick check on SeatGeek showed many seats available, from seats way down near the glass to seats in the upper regions of the arena. Section Plaza Center 16, for example, which is at center ice, has tickets from $89-$153 a seat. Tickets in the upper sections are cheaper, and many are available.
Misc. - The St. Louis sporting scene will be in full action this weekend. Blues fans could try to do a hockey-baseball doubleheader on Thursday and Friday. Friday the St. Louis Cardinals have their home opener against the rival Chicago Cubs. The game sold out long ago, but Stub Hub has tickets from $125 and up. Fans who attend the Cardinals game the following day, Saturday, April 14, get a replica of the team's 2011 World Series championship ring.
A native of St. Louis, Brad Boeker has attended many Blues, Cardinals and Rams games over the years.
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