It has to be said, we are a sporty family. We are all a little obsessed with football, supporting West Brom Albion since the year dot and attending as many matches as possible. Joe plays football too, and also boxes twice a week, whilst I love to watch live sport including tennis, cricket and athletics. And now we can add Ice Hockey to our obsessions after attending our first match watching Coventry Blaze, courtesy of our Buckt subscription.
Buckt is the subscription box service that allows you to enjoy a range of cool activities in your area. You don’t have to do them all, often just doing one thing covers the price of the box, but you have the option to do up to five activities in a month. We chose to do Ice Hockey as a family, paying for passes for Joe and his friend, whilst we had our tickets courtesy of our Buckt subscription.
The Coventry Blaze play at the Coventry Skydome,which is a fabulous venue where you can make a real night of it, with a bar, Papa John’s pizza and a small food court. As it is ice hockey you need to dress in your warm outdoor clothes, but the fabulous, friendly atmosphere soon warms you up. The date that we attended was the night of ‘air the bear’ when spectators are encouraged to bring along a cuddly toy which can then be thrown onto the ice when the home team score their first goal, the toys being donated to local children’s charities. This was great fun and it was gratifying to see so many get involved.
Ice Hockey itself is fast and furious, with teams being changed at regular intervals. It was interesting that although the game is split into three 20 minute periods, the clock is stopped at regular intervals, so a third feels much longer. There is also the ‘sinbin’ where players have to retreat for two minute penalties for fouls. Stoppages are filled with live music, songs recognisable to the crowd who often join in singing and dancing. It makes for a fabulous, family friendly, fun atmosphere, and I must admit to be hooked very quickly.
If you’ve never attended an Ice Hockey match I would highly recommend it, it is great fun for all the family.
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