Friday, January 9, 2009

View Mats' Home Debut From The Snob Seats

Today, I get in the e-mail from the Canucks Insider, the following:


Tonight is your first opportunity to see Mats Sundin make his home debut in a Canucks sweater, and we have a great offer for you to watch the game from the Sports Action Lounge! This hospitality suite features comfortable seats, flat-screen TV monitors, cash bar and private washrooms making it one of the most popular premium seating areas in General Motors Place. Don’t miss this great opportunity to watch the Canucks from a suite without having to book the entire room. Only 16 pairs remaining!

Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues
Friday, January 9 @ 7:00pm
2 tickets in the Sports Action Lounge
$100.00 per ticket, plus applicable service charge

Purchase online at, Charge-by-Phone 604.280.4400 or at the General Motors Place Box Office."

Now, to the average Yaletownie, this might be a great deal but to those of us who like our fan experience to be less living room amentities and more "get me upclose and personal," how is $100 (plus the usual tixmonster fees) a deal when single tickets for this same game are going at half-price?

Let's review:

  • Comfortable seats? Is this saying the seats pretty much in the rest of the arena aren't comfortable? Are we talking La-Z Boy recliner rockers in the Sports Action Lounge? Ergonomic bean bag chairs?
  • Flat-screen TV monitors? Well, there's a giant HD TV screen above the rink so unless these monitors in the lounge allow you to tune in other games or change channels if the game gets dull, are they saying I'm supposed to help the NHL out with video review or some such?
  • Cash bar? Oh, great, not only can I spend more dough on overpriced alcohol but by "cash" does that mean they don't accept credit cards?
  • Private washrooms? Yeah, that's my "major" complaint at GM Place--no privacy to pee.

To sum it up, basically I can fork out $100+ for what I get at home watching the game on TV for free. Sign me up!

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