Ever wonder what it would be like to watch the Canucks from an executive suite at Rogers Arena? Well, here’s your chance to find out.
Throughout the season, Metropolis at Metrotown, BC’s biggest mall, is giving away up to five pairs of Canucks executive suite tickets to every home game as part of its Hot Seats contest. Winners get to watch Luongo and Co. in style, in a fifth-level, catered penthouse suite. All you need to do to enter is fill out a free ballot form at a customer service booth in the Metropolis at Metrotown mall.
I checked out the action in Metropolis’ executive suite last night, when the Canucks took on the Avalanche. Walking into the suite felt less like going to a hockey game than entering a hotel room with a really great view of the action. Inside, there’s a lounge area with sofas and a bar, 10 stadium-style seats and even a private washroom.
But the most exceptional part of the experience is the view you get from the fifth level of Rogers Arena. The executive suites seem to almost extend out over the ice, offering a bird’s-eye-view of the action unfolding below. The setting is surprisingly intimate as well – You can still hear bodies crashing into the boards, the slap of the sticks and skates slicing up the ice. I watched in the first period as Jeff Tambellini scored off a pass from Daniel Sedin to even up the score 1-1.
The catering doesn’t hurt either. During the first intermission, I checked out the spread: pop, water and juices at the mini-bar (no alcohol, for safety reasons) and a platter of cheeses, fruits and vegetables on offer in the lounge. I skipped the veggies and headed for the buffet table, where there were sliders, chicken wings and breaded shrimp. No lines. No waiting. And best of all, absolutely free.
As the game wore on, the Canucks traded goals with the Avalanche. I settled into one of the stadium seats and spied on some of the execs in neighboring suites – business types and VanCity elite downing beers and screaming down at the Vancouver defense. Late in the third period, the Canucks scored a go-ahead goal, only to give up a tying goal minutes later and send the game into overtime.
But just 28 seconds into overtime Mason Raymond scored a quirky, unassisted goal to give Vancouver the win. Too bad – I would loved to have seen a shootout from this perspective.
To enter the drawing for executive suite tickets, fill out a form at the customer service booths at Metropolis at Metrotown. In addition to Canucks tickets, passes to concerts at Rogers Arena – including the upcoming Ozzy Osbourne show – will also be given away. With so many chances to win, odds of nabbing a pair of tickets seem pretty good.