Monday, February 17, 2014

Club 122 Road Trips

The big goal for me, now that my NFL Road Trip has become a legend spoken about in hushed tones by reverential sports road trip fans, is to enter Club 122. As of now, there are four venues left in the quest: PNC Arena in Raleigh, home of the Carolina Hurricanes; and NBA arenas in Chicago, New Orleans, and Orlando. I've seen games in the old Chicago Stadium and Amway Arena, but as you know, Club 122 requires all active venues to have been visited. Which means my membership will be only good for 5 months, once the NFL season opens I will need to visit Minneapolis and Santa Clara to see those two new stadiums.

Anyway, in order to get this done before the end of the season, I have planned three trips in March. The first is in Chicago and Milwaukee where I will see the two New York basketball teams as well as an AHL game; the second is a drive to Raleigh with some college basketball and another Leafs road game, and the final one is in Florida and Louisiana with my entry to Club 122 followed by the Blue Jays opening in Tampa Bay. The details:

Trip 1 - Chicago/Milwaukee

Fri Feb 28  Rochester Americans at Chicago Wolves (AHL) 7:00
Sat Mar  1  Brooklyn Nets at Milwaukee Bucks 7:30
Sun Mar  2  New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls 12:00

Trip 2 - DC/NC

Wed Mar 12  Charlotte Bobcats at Washington Wizards 7:00
Thu Mar 13  Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 - Final NHL venue
Fri Mar 14  ACC Tournament Quarterfinals at Greensboro 12:00
Sat Mar 15  Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Duke Blue Devils (NCAA Baseball) 1:00
Sun Mar 16  Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals 3:00 - 24th Leaf road game

Trip 3 - Florida/NOLA

Wed Mar 26  Los Angeles Clippers at New Orleans Pelicans 7:00
Fri Mar 28  LSU Tigers at Florida Gators (NCAA Baseball) 7:30
Sat Mar 29  Evansville Icemen at Orlando Solar Bears 7:00 - Orlando is Toronto's ECHL affiliate
Sun Mar 30  Toronto Raptors at Orlando Magic 6:00 - Club 122 achieved!
Mon Mar 31  Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 4:10 - Opening Day
Tue Apr  1  Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10
Wed Apr  2  Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 7:10

If you are in the area or at one of these games, drop me a line. If not, keep checking back for updates of these and other trips.



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