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  • Originally posted by grooverider View Post

    **** Minnesota and their home ice. Nuff said on that. *** wipes
    I wish you wouldn't swear.

    But, yeah.

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    • Originally posted by NorthMike View Post

      Good list. Problems are casino is a definite no, wife wont go to the sports hall of fames, and museums are low on the list. A run over to the berkshires is a good idea though. Sports bar fits in at any town, but thats only good for a couple hours most.
      Even if you don't visit the museums you must stop at the Dr Seuss sculpture park on the grounds which is free. It is in walking distance of the arena. Most all of the Seuss characters are there along with the story 'Oh the places you'll go'. I would also be remiss if I did not mention the National Shrine of Divine Mercy on Easter weekend in Stockbridge in the Berkshires. Take a stroll through the iconic Norman Rockwell Main Street Stockbridge while there and walk into the Red Lion Inn and sit in a rocker or play a game of chess/checkers. Someone mentioned Old Deerfield Village, there is also Old Sturbridge Village about a half hour east in Sturbridge too.

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      • If you hockey diehards want to search out a hockey rarity while you're in the area ... head on over to the Big E fairgrounds on the other side of the river from downtown Springfield. Stranded in the middle of the property is Eastern States Coliseum, an old converted hockey arena now mostly used for other events, as the ice plant was removed long ago. But back in the day, it was home to Eddie Shore and his Springfield Indians (AHL), and also was the temporary home to the Whalers when the arena at The Mall in downtown Hartford had its roof collapse incident in the late '70's. The place hosted AHL, WHA and NHL games, including some of the final games of the legendary Gordie Howe's NHL career. WAY more interesting than museums, dinosaur tracks, Dr. Seuss, and even Yankee Candle, which BTW is a very popular choice for the wives, and might earn you gents some "brownie points" you're unlikely to get by taking the missus to the vastly-overrated Basketball HoF (trust me, no Cooperstown there). Enjoy!!

        https://icehockey.fandom.com/wiki/The_Big_E_Coliseum
        Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
        Montreal Expos Forever ...

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        • With the amount of tickets left it seems like this regional will not be filled, lots of open seats. Surprising to me with UMass so close by and with how Maine attended the hockey east tournament. I guess the extra 1.5 hours is too far and that it is on a Thursday.

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          • With all the "to do" ideas in springfield should come away with a touch of culture and history! Whoda thunk, thought it was just hockey games.
            Cornel fans wont be able to call us stupid anymore, did they? Maybe or not, not sure.
            Chuck, yes the dinosaur tracks are no 1 on the list.
            Thanks all for the ideas should be a good weekend, now just gotta win thursday.
            Last edited by NorthMike; 03-27-2024, 08:22 AM.

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            • Originally posted by NorthMike View Post
              With all the "to do" ideas in springfield should come away with a touch of culture and history! Whoda thunk, thought it was just hockey games.
              Cornel fans wont be able to call us stupid anymore, did they? Maybe or not, not sure.
              Chuck, yes the dinosaur tracks are no 1 on the list.
              Thanks all for the ideas should be a good weekend, now just gotta win thursday.
              There is a regional watch party at White Lion Brewing on Friday starting at 2 pm.

              https://www.whitelionbrewing.com/springfield

              I’m betting the “Insane Mane Red Ale” is good. I love red ales.

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              • Originally posted by Sparkee View Post
                With the amount of tickets left it seems like this regional will not be filled, lots of open seats. Surprising to me with UMass so close by and with how Maine attended the hockey east tournament. I guess the extra 1.5 hours is too far and that it is on a Thursday.
                Don’t see any left for me when looking on the Massmutual site. Where do you see it?

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                • Originally posted by mickeyj65 View Post

                  Don’t see any left for me when looking on the Massmutual site. Where do you see it?
                  Click the link I posted below and you'll see hundreds of unclaimed seats.

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                  • Originally posted by mickeyj65 View Post

                    Don’t see any left for me when looking on the Massmutual site. Where do you see it?
                    Forget the maine link it expired at noon. Just go to the rink website, plenty of seats.
                    This actually is annoying, there are better seats available today than when I bought sunday.
                    They really need to do a better job, no wonder why they dont sell out these regionals.

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                    • Originally posted by ticapnews View Post

                      Click the link I posted below and you'll see hundreds of unclaimed seats.
                      Got it, see them now. Thank you.

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                      • Originally posted by mickeyj65 View Post

                        Got it, see them now. Thank you.
                        Probably the ones in row G of section 19 are best left, if I had to pick. Those are decent tickets.

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                        • It’s almost time to see which teams can handle the “do or die” games. This is a pressure that can humble the most talented teams, regardless of perceived invincibility. We see it every year as the mighty fall, be it a frustration when facing a hot goalie or allowing the increased media attention to play into it. Some will fail.
                          Will be fun…
                          $90(more) for a drink holding ledge and a Maine blanket, but the views still great.
                          Just win.....

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                          • Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post
                            If you hockey diehards want to search out a hockey rarity while you're in the area ... head on over to the Big E fairgrounds on the other side of the river from downtown Springfield. Stranded in the middle of the property is Eastern States Coliseum, an old converted hockey arena now mostly used for other events, as the ice plant was removed long ago. But back in the day, it was home to Eddie Shore and his Springfield Indians (AHL), and also was the temporary home to the Whalers when the arena at The Mall in downtown Hartford had its roof collapse incident in the late '70's. The place hosted AHL, WHA and NHL games, including some of the final games of the legendary Gordie Howe's NHL career. WAY more interesting than museums, dinosaur tracks, Dr. Seuss, and even Yankee Candle, which BTW is a very popular choice for the wives, and might earn you gents some "brownie points" you're unlikely to get by taking the missus to the vastly-overrated Basketball HoF (trust me, no Cooperstown there). Enjoy!!

                            https://icehockey.fandom.com/wiki/The_Big_E_Coliseum
                            The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry owns the State of Maine Building on the grounds. Every September there is a huge agricultural fair located there and the building is available for exhibitors. Originally known as the Eastern States Exposition and now called the Big E. Maine Potato Board sells tons of potatoes there each year. Probably nothing going on there now.

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                            • Originally posted by Runsub5 View Post
                              The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry owns the State of Maine Building on the grounds. Every September there is a huge agricultural fair located there and the building is available for exhibitors. Originally known as the Eastern States Exposition and now called the Big E. Maine Potato Board sells tons of potatoes there each year. Probably nothing going on there now.
                              I believe all six New England states have their own buildings down at the far (west?) end of the fairgrounds. The main fair event ("The Big E") takes up most of the September events calendar on the property. But other than that, the old arena hosts a series of events that pretty much goes year-round, so I'd be surprised if their is no access to the arena even now. Here is a link of the overall events schedule for this year:

                              Eastern States Exposition

                              Here's a video dating back to 2016 from one of the local TV stations on the event of the arena's 100th anniversary ...
                               
                              Sworn Enemy of the Perpetually Offended
                              Montreal Expos Forever ...

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                              • Regional press conference…

                                https://youtu.be/TzZEG-gg2bI?feature=shared

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