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My son, Jackson, came home from school a few weeks ago and told me that he, “wanted to play hockey”. In school they had been playing hockey while celebrating the Olympics. Up until now Jackson had never shown an interest in any sports even though my husband is an avid football fan. So this new interest coincided perfectly with our tickets to see the Albany Devils play the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins at Boardwalk Hall.
My husband and my father-in-law are hockey fans and were excited to have the chance to take Jackson to his first hockey game. The game started off fast and the Penguins scored in the first period. During the first intermission the local pee wee hockey team came on to the ice to play a brief scrimmage. It was really cute to see the little ones play. Throughout the second period the Penguins held their lead. During the second intermission in exchange for a donation to the Humane Society fans were given foam pucks to chuck on to the ice for a chance to win a prize. We had fun attempting to hit the bulls-eye in the middle of the rink. And this gave an opportunity for the kids in the audience to get in on some fun.
The third period was full of lots of cheering, scoring and intense hockey action. After being behind for 2 periods the Devils came back and took the lead. With two minutes left in the game the Penguins tied it up and we went into sudden death overtime. For those like me who don’t know what “sudden death overtime” is, it is when a game is tied they play a shortened 5 minute period and whoever scores first wins. If no one scores they go into a shoot out. The crowd was loud and excited for overtime, and the Penguins made a quick goal to win the game 3-2.
What We Liked About AHL Hockey at Boardwalk Hall
- AHL level Hockey up close and in a more personal setting
- The action was fast paced with not much, if any downtime.
- Enthusiastic Fans
- Family Friendly
- Low cost tickets, mean you can bring the whole family
- Great hockey action close to home.
Things to know About Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall:
- Restrooms on site
- Many vending options including some local treats from a nearby bakery
- Handicap accessible seating is available.
- Purse size is sometimes regulated to small or clear bags. Check the website for regulations on what you can bring in. On this visit they were allowing larger bags, but that is not always the case.
- Parking is onsite and does have a fee.
My entire family from my 60 something father-in-law to my 3 year old son enjoyed the hockey game. My father-in-law thought that the caliber of hockey that was played was excellent and that both teams played really well. The crowd was really into the game and while we weren’t familiar with either team, it was fun to cheer along.
What I enjoyed most was that this was an event that everyone in my family enjoyed. I did not have to worry about entertaining anyone. I loved that we got to see a great hockey game at a venue that is so close to home. Usually we have to head to Philly to see a sporting event but having this in Atlantic City meant that we had a fun night out and were home in time for bedtime. We will definitely be checking out AHL Hockey at Boardwalk Hall next season.