I drove down from North Jersey with my family and arrived in Atlantic City around 5:15.? We waited until around 5:30 and walked onto the boardwalk standing in the cold for a half hour with many other anxious fans until the doors finally opened.? I was amazed at how many different teams? jerseys I saw, most of which were Flyers.? Walking in I could feel a buzz in the crowd, some people started ?Let?s Go Rangers? chants and much louder chants for the Flyers.? After getting our tickets scanned, I went and bought a t-shirt for the event, to be sure I could get one before they were sold out.? Everyone throughout the arena was friendly and excited, looking forward to finally seeing some hockey.
The arena was very neat, being that there was a stage at one end, and every seat felt close to the ice.? For warm-ups I walked down to the glass and along with many other Rangers fans (I was on the team NY side) were pounding on the glass cheering on our favorite players (many of which acknowledged us as opposed to a regular game).? After warm-ups were over, we headed back to the seats and waited for the game to begin.
They began by announcing the starting line ups, and it was clear that team Hartnell was preferred among the fans.? The loudest boos were for James Neal and Coach Vinny from the Jersey Shore.? After the National Anthem Hartnell and Richards addressed the crowd from center ice, thanking us for our support and saying how impressed they were with the response they got from sponsors, players, and fans in such a short time period.