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Advice on Attending the Hockey Tournament

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:53 am
by Joe2015
I will be attending the Boy's Hockey Tournament for the first time this year. Looking for info from people who go every year. Where is the best place to park? Any public transportation options? I assume for those who go to the morning and evening sessions, it just makes sense to stay parked down there as opposed to leaving and coming back. What do people do between sessions? Good restaurants/bars in the area? Any advice would be welcome: thanks!

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:22 am
by alcloseshaver
Ask someone from East...

Re: Advice on Attending the Hockey Tournament

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:50 am
by elliott70
Joe2015 wrote:I will be attending the Boy's Hockey Tournament for the first time this year. Looking for info from people who go every year. Where is the best place to park? Any public transportation options? I assume for those who go to the morning and evening sessions, it just makes sense to stay parked down there as opposed to leaving and coming back. What do people do between sessions? Good restaurants/bars in the area? Any advice would be welcome: thanks!
Go to the Liffey and ask for Packerboy.
He is quite the guy.
Tell him you are a poster on this board and he will buy you a drink, perhaps your lunch.

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:52 am
by elliott70
If you are being serious, find a place to park when you get close to the X.
Stay there all day.
Plenty of places to eat, drink and be merry.
Talk to the people around you, you will have fun.

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:54 am
by elliott70
And if by chance Bemidji loses, watch out for a big ugly guy cuz he will be looking to pound on DJ.

And remember, 'rollcardsroll'.

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:11 am
by Zamman
If there all day, park in the X ramp. $15. Eating is always a challenge. Cosetta's is great, but you will wait in line.

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:20 am
by Sats81
Yes, and if you want to see Bemidji play make sure to get there THURSDAY. Otherwise you will likely have to head to Minneapolis to catch them at Mariucci. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:26 am
by TheHockeyDJ
elliott70 wrote:And if by chance Bemidji loses, watch out for a big ugly guy cuz he will be looking to pound on DJ.

And remember, 'rollcardsroll'.
Why would Sats be mad about Bemidji losing?

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:28 am
by Sats81
TheHockeyDJ wrote:
elliott70 wrote:And if by chance Bemidji loses, watch out for a big ugly guy cuz he will be looking to pound on DJ.

And remember, 'rollcardsroll'.
Why would Sats be mad about Bemidji losing?
The nice part about the tournament is we won't have to worry about you DJ. Your team will be watching on TV.....or listening via radio...or whatever they do up there in "God's Country"

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:55 am
by elliott70
Sats81 wrote:Yes, and if you want to see Bemidji play make sure to get there THURSDAY. Otherwise you will likely have to head to Minneapolis to catch them at Mariucci. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
But being around all the Lakeville South people at Mariucci will be fun on Friday morning.

:lol:

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:03 am
by Sats81
elliott70 wrote:
Sats81 wrote:Yes, and if you want to see Bemidji play make sure to get there THURSDAY. Otherwise you will likely have to head to Minneapolis to catch them at Mariucci. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
But being around all the Lakeville South people at Mariucci will be fun on Friday morning.

:lol:
Yes, they like hanging out there to watch other teams play.

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:06 am
by elliott70
Sats81 wrote:
elliott70 wrote:
Sats81 wrote:Yes, and if you want to see Bemidji play make sure to get there THURSDAY. Otherwise you will likely have to head to Minneapolis to catch them at Mariucci. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
But being around all the Lakeville South people at Mariucci will be fun on Friday morning.

:lol:
Yes, they like hanging out there to watch other teams play.
And this year will it be Farmington?

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:38 am
by Sats81
elliott70 wrote:
Sats81 wrote:
elliott70 wrote:
Sats81 wrote:Yes, and if you want to see Bemidji play make sure to get there THURSDAY. Otherwise you will likely have to head to Minneapolis to catch them at Mariucci. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
But being around all the Lakeville South people at Mariucci will be fun on Friday morning.

:lol:
Yes, they like hanging out there to watch other teams play.
And this year will it be Farmington?
No. Their season will end in Rochester also.

Re: Advice on Attending the Hockey Tournament

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:31 am
by gitter
Joe2015 wrote:I will be attending the Boy's Hockey Tournament for the first time this year. Looking for info from people who go every year. Where is the best place to park? Any public transportation options? I assume for those who go to the morning and evening sessions, it just makes sense to stay parked down there as opposed to leaving and coming back. What do people do between sessions? Good restaurants/bars in the area? Any advice would be welcome: thanks!
Get there early for parking - its just easier, and as other have said leave your car all day. There are numerous ramps/lots nearby. Everything will be busy - especially Eagle St grill/bar, along with McGovern's and Tom Reid's. Other places such as Pazzaluna, Kincaid's, St Paul Grill are more upscale and not as busy. Wild Tymes and GreatWaters are tucked away and decent options where you aren't packed like sardines. Alary's is a 15 minute walk (they also have a shuttle from Xcel) and is fun too. There are more that I have not listed - you really can't go wrong as long as you can find a barstool.

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:32 am
by Miracleon82ndstreet
I won't be surprised if Farmington's season ends in Lakeville vs South. North will probably be the 1 seed. If Farmington does make it to Rochester, I don't think they beat North for a third time. I could be wrong! It's tough to beat someone 3 times in a year especially this group of North players. Plus I believe one of Farmington's top players is out for the season. I think the injury occurred when they played North.

Good luck to all the teams the rest of the season and throughout the sections and state tournament. Playing in the state tournament is awesome and I'm sure winning it is unbelievable!

The best game on earth! Golf is a close second.

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:24 pm
by karl(east)
alcloseshaver wrote:Ask someone from East...
Hmm, I guess we would be authorities, no? :wink:

Getting back on top, Gitter has you covered on most things, and it really is hard to go wrong anywhere along 7th. There often isn't a whole ton of time between sessions, especially if there's overtime...maybe two hours at most to get some food and beverages at some very crowded places. Cossetta's is a Tourney institution, but the line can be ridiculous. (I usually only go on Wednesday.)

There certainly are public transit options if you want to park further away and save there...the light rail stop is a few blocks away, and I assume there are regular buses running down West 7th or Summit/Selby that could make it work. Check with Metro Transit for info there.

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:10 pm
by thespellchecker
Do not borrow the bus from Alary's.
Do get your haircut at the Warrior expo booth
Do not be offended by the all student plus 1 section
Do root for any team not a private.

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:15 am
by Zamman
thespellchecker wrote:Do not borrow the bus from Alary's.
Do get your haircut at the Warrior expo booth
Do not be offended by the all student plus 1 section
Do root for any team not a private.
Do root for any team not a private - Unless you are for that school (I only root for mine)

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:01 am
by Frequent_MN_Flyer
I'm looking forward to Cosseta's! Long line or not.

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:25 pm
by mnhockfan99
Joseph's is a good option too, they usually have a shuttle that will bring you there for free as long as you patronize them....

Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 5:39 am
by old goalie85
Go to Gopher bar.

DO NOT try to hide Alery's bus. :idea:

Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 9:24 am
by East Side Pioneer Guy
Eating can be a challenge, as long as you follow the herd down W 7th. With some originality, you can do better. it my be a longer walk but a shorter wait. As was mentioned, Joseph's & Great Waters fit the bill. Bennett's also has a shuttle. The Lowertown joints may also have a shuttle.

I don't care for the re-vamped American Burger Bar, but others may like it. And SW Craft Bar has an interesting menu.

Or you can take any Metro Transit bus in the Downtown Zone http://www.metrotransit.org/Data/Sites/ ... StPaul.pdf for 50 cents. Hop on pretty well any bus on 5th street to get to Lowertown. After you eat, go to 6th street and ride back toward the X for another 50 cents. Now, if you think St. Paul is like the South Side of Chicago and you're afraid you'll get jumped, this won't work for you. Just let driver know where you're you're going and he'll tell you when to get off.

But like I say, if you like to follow the herd, do what everybody else does. Hey, some people still eat white bread.

Re: Advice on Attending the Hockey Tournament

Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:51 am
by GoldyGopher
Joe2015 wrote:I will be attending the Boy's Hockey Tournament for the first time this year. Looking for info from people who go every year. Where is the best place to park? Any public transportation options? I assume for those who go to the morning and evening sessions, it just makes sense to stay parked down there as opposed to leaving and coming back. What do people do between sessions? Good restaurants/bars in the area? Any advice would be welcome: thanks!
Wild Tymes and Great Waters are my advice, Wild Tymes is far cheaper and if you don't like brewery beer that is the place to go out of the 2. I usually park in the History Center lot, seems to be cheaper and is a very short walk. Plan on leaving your car in the same lot all day and walking from place to place, everything is close enough to walk. Lastly, bring a pocket full of cash. Nothing about The Tourney is cheap. Hope that helps