Dads Travel Different. Discover TravelingDad family travel ideas for your next adventure. End of Spring travel means a trip to Los Angeles and the Staples Center to see the Los Angeles Kings, NHL Hockey Game. Spring Break family travel ideas from Dad Travel Blogger.
Springtime Hockey in
Los Angeles Kings
Sometimes you don’t have to go far to feel like your
traveling. In this Traveling Dad adventure, I am heading to downtown Los
Angeles to watch the Kings at the Staples Center. This trip is only 120 miles away
from my front door; however, downtown Los Angeles feels like a whole world away
from the comforts of my San Diego surroundings. I have always had my family
involved in sports. Hockey was just one of those sports where all three of my
kids enjoyed sitting around with me by the TV watching the players crash
against the boards.
The Great One
My hockey roots came during October 1988 when Wayne Gretzky
was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the LA Kings. Hockey was little known on
the west coast and at the time, Los Angeles was the only NHL hockey team on the
West Coast. I was hooked from the beginning. The "Great One" only took LA to
one Stanley Cup Final, but my beloved Toronto Maple Leafs took the elusive
Stanley Cup in 1993. Over 20 years later, The Cup was finally captured last
year in a surprised fashion by a King’s team that had a hot goaltender named
Now I couldn’t afford Staley Cup Playoff tickets last year,
but I had promised myself that we would all make the journey up to LA to see
them play this season. Making a trip from San Diego to Los Angeles takes a
little planning; so if you are thinking of seeing a NHL game in LA, let me give
you some travel tips:
Things You Need To Know Before You Go:
Go Online and check out the King’s Home Schedule
and plan ahead. It’s important to know this because some teams that come to LA
have a larger fan base and seats close to the ice are harder to get.
Call the Staples Center Box office at (213)
742-7340 to see if you can get tickets directly from the source. You can also
get tickets on StubHub.com
The road trip from San Diego to LA is actually 3
hours; 2 hours of driving time, and 1 hour of additional traffic.
If you have the budget, stay overnight at a
local hotel and avoid the post game traffic and stress of driving home late.
Traveling Dad stayed at the Hilton, Universal
City, (818) 506-2500. Great rates and less than 10 miles from the Staples
The Staples Center is a great place to watch a hockey game.
There are a variety of seating arrangements and depending on your budget, you
can sit in the nosebleeds and still get a great view of the game, just as the
folks sitting in the VIP section eating sushi. Just as the description I just
gave; LA is a little surreal when it comes to hockey fans. You have your
hard-core, blue-collar fans that rant and cheer from the first puck; to the
"elite" business types who are just as rabid, but in their own, subdued way to
see the action.
I had just as much fun, "people watching" in between periods
than I had watching the action on the ice. LA is just a different state of mind;
not in a bad way, just different. It’s hard to imagine a sport where you see
such a variety of people congregate around a sport and team that has captured a
city this way. Hockey in the City of Angels is something to see.
Overall, my family experience was great. The King’s won, and
my family had a great time and brought back a hockey jersey and some lasting
End of Spring Break Travel
As our TravelingDad Spring Break 2013 Travel ends, the 2013
Summer Season brings on more family adventure with our Summer Alaska Trip
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