You would think the No Re-Entry rule would apply at a place like the Boston Garden. Sure, why not? Bruins fans come to see the game, and then they leave after it’s over. People don’t need to be leaving the building in between periods and then trying to come back in. Forgettttt Abouuuuut It! You know how many employees it would take to allow that to happen? There’s all these different doors to park people at, and the stairways, etc… No Can Do.
So I can see how a place like the Lawrence Valley Forum would implement the same rules. When you think about it, the two facilities are nearly identical in every aspect.
Each of them have: One sheet of ice. Seats for spectators. Locker rooms. A scoreboard. Ample parking for players AND spectators. A Pro Shop. Food stands (or vending machines). Um, what else… Lights. A roof. A Zamboni (I know, the Garden uses two zamboni’s. Big Whoop.) Multiple doors to enter and exit the building. And, Oh yeah, a zamboni driver! See? Pretty much the same.
So a funny thing happened last night. I was the scoreboard operator, as most of you know. I couldn’t skate so I got a nice cold Budweiser Light (think Harry Caray) and propped myself down inbetween the benches. Let the heckling begin. I got through about 7 minutes of the skate and realized I had to go outside to send a text. (One difference btwn the Garden and The LVF is the cell reception is basically non existent. It’s kind of like a giant prison cell.) No problem. I’ll just go out for a quick second, send my text, and then come back to my frosty cold delicious beverage and watch the Badgers have at it.
Enter, The “No Re-entry” Rule.
I exited the building and was officially locked out.
Tried knocking on the door… Nothing.
Tried kicking the door… Nothing.
Wasn’t getting any love from Kevin, aka “Rink Guy”.
I tried yelling to him from the side of the building where there’s a vent of some sort. Thinking he might be in the room the vent leads to.
So I stood there for about 15 minutes. Knocking and yelling. And staring. (looked like you guys were having a good time) And then I realized “Why the hell do I even want to go back in there?” It was kind of a moment. The “Dude, you must have something better to do with your time” type of moment. A “Go home and stop acting like a loser” moment.
And so I did. But not before taking these spectacular pictures of the Badgers in action.
Sorry again about only one goalie.
One-Goalie games SUCK.
Special thanks to Steve “The Man” Moore.
Have a good weekend Badgers, and Stay Thirsty.