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Sweden and Denmark and hockey, oh my!- Canada Game one

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Our first game day with our world junior hockey players ended up, being as full as full can be. We began with a walking tour, guided by a local person from Gothenburg. She pointed out the history of buildings and the significance of the 1923 Exhibition that brought the world’s eyes on Gothenburg. Many of the cultural buildings and the amusement park were created for that exhibition. We ended up walking almost the same route we took yesterday but now hold a lot more insight into what we were seeing.
It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining and it was mild. Once we got back to the hotel, it was time to change and head out for the game. With our name badges on and tickets in hand, we went into the hospitality lounge for the Destiny Tours group and watched some of the CZE vs SVK game on the giant tv and then headed over to the Scandinavium to find our seats.
The arena holds 12000 and is one level. The concourse has the regular popcorn stands and coffee places as well as McDonald’s, but the prices were out of this world! Almost $9 CDN for a small popcorn! We were inside the souvenir shop and bought a few items with a crush of other people (mostly Canadians)

The game itself was a little tense for the first period and then Canada pulled away for a 5-2 win over Finland. It was so much fun to be in a crowd of Canadians all screaming for our team.
We went back to our rooms between games and then had dinner in the Hospitality room. Burger, chips and salads that were excellent. The Gothis Towers staff and management have done a fantastic job welcoming all of us crazy Canucks. We went back into the arena to watch most of the Sweden vs Latvia game. Boy do the Swedes ever know how to party!

So all in all we walked 11kms, watched 2 entire games and parts of 2 others. Screamed for Canada and sang our National Anthem loudly.
Tomorrow is supposed to be another good weather day so we plan to spend it exploring the Christmas Market at Liseberg. Followed by the evening game of Canada and Latvia.

The view from our hotel at twilight.

Posted by blgracey 21:41 Archived in Sweden

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Don't know much about the sport, but it looks exciting!

by Ils1976

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