Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Stanley Cup Saturday

Unless you live under a rock or just don't care about sports, you've probably heard about the Nashville Predators making it to the Stanley Cup Final.

Adam and I love going to Preds games, and it's been so exciting to see them making history right now.

What's even more fun is the way everyone in Nashville has come together to support the team. It's been amazing to see 50,000 people going downtown on game days to stand in the streets and watch the game on large screens. Everyone is talking hockey everywhere you go. The mayor even proclaimed a day as a Predators Pride Day. The solidarity in our community right now is not new - I've seen it before when the community has come together to support one another after things like the flood of 2010. However, this is the first time that I've really experienced it regarding a sports team.

I know it seems silly since it's just a game, but there's just something about the way a game is impacting everyone.

Adam and I had tickets to a concert downtown this past Saturday, which turned out to be Game 3 on home ice. We decided to go on down earlier in the afternoon so we could walk around and take in everything.

It was so fun to see all of the signs, banners, flags, and people in Preds shirts.

I've been downtown with some crowds before like on the 4th of July, but this was a totally different experience. Everyone was just happy! There was so much energy and excitement in the air. It was just plain fun to experience. What's even crazier is that at the time we were down 2-0 in the series! (We went on to win game 3 and 4 on home ice, and if you haven't watched any videos of the crowd in our arena or outside on the streets you need to find a few to get a glimpse of the energy I'm talking about.)

Eventually it was time for us to head over to our concert. I love our outdoor amphitheater.

The opening band was 30 Seconds to Mars (Jared Leto's band), and they all came out in Preds shirts. So neat! Jared gave us updates on the score throughout their set, which was really fun since the crowd went crazy when he kept announcing we had scored again.

We were mostly there to see Muse, and they put on a really great show. We already knew the outcome of the game toward the end, but they announced Nashville had won and everyone went crazy again. It seemed fitting that they played "Uprising" soon after the announcement.

After the concert ended, Adam and I walked around downtown a bit more. A ton of people had left, but there were still a lot of people out and about. We have never seen the lines to get into all the bars on Broadway so long. Honestly, I haven't seen too many lines to get into them in general too many times, and certainly not a time when every single place has a line.

As we walked along, we saw two people standing on the sidewalk with giant snakes around their shoulders. I hadn't finished saying out loud how that was a first and so random when all of a sudden a for real fist fight broke out on the sidewalk a short ways in front of us. I can't say I've ever actually seen a fight like that before. It was all so crazy.

We got home pretty late, but it took a little time to wind down and get to sleep. It was so exciting to be down there with all of this going on.

We didn't go downtown for Game 4 on Monday night, but we were delighted to keep up with the game and see the Preds win again to tie the series.

It's going to be exciting to see how the rest of the series goes, though I of course want to see the Preds bring the cup home to Nashville. I think the city will go nuts if we have that to celebrate, and it would be awesome!

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