Blueliner Hockey Tour Day 3

Day 3 is game day in Stockholm. Tonight Stockholm’s and Sweden’s if not the worlds oldest team Djurgarden IF who where formed in 1891. Tonight they play in Hovet arena against the Frolunda Indians.
Hovet is great hockey venue. High rows of seats over the look the large ice pad with a VIP area behind one goal with with a restaurant and terrace bar area. On a wider scale Hovet forms part of the Globen group of venues the includes a Football stadium home to Hammarby, Hovet arena home to Aik and Djurgarden and the Globe Arena.
The Globe Arena is a unique place. It is spherical and lights up at night. This area has also developed a mall although this is a little underwhelming but there is a the Djurgarden club shop on the second floor down. There a few restaurants too and a bar although this is the Hammarby bar.
The game was exciting with plenty of chances finishing 3-2 to the visitors on penalties. A likely outcome you might say as Frolunda have the second worst away record this Elitserien season whilst Djurgarden have the second worst home record. The result means that the derby game between Djurgarden and AIK which is their game in hand could still be for a play off place.
The main excitment could be described as the Djurgarden fans. The set up of the arena means the the Djurgarden supporters club have a dedicated section in which they are allowed to stand up, chant, sing and generally make noise. It is a great concept as it encourage a great atmosphere and rewards fans who join the supporters club by giving them cheaper tickets.
This could be something for clubs to attempt over in this country. Any money lost in the cheaper tickets could be made back by getting more people through door because it is a better atmosphere. Tonights attendence was over 7500 and probably half were in the fan club.
Some other tips that are worth bearing in mind are that on the T-Bana trains different lines may arrive at the same level of a station and that alcohol sales are controlled tightly so drinking is only allowed in special areas of the concourse and in your seat.
Tomorrow is a special day. Tomorrow is Bandy day

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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