February 23rd, 2014 | Uncategorized
My Sports Management instructor hooked the class up with tickets to the Belfast Giants game. The Giants are the Belfast ice hockey team that competes in the Elite Ice Hockey League in the UK. It so happened the night before we went to the game they clinched the league championship. *long sighhhhh* They could have waited one more game to clinch it so we could witness it in person! lol
We had great seats, about five rows up from the ice so we were able to see all the action on the ice! But before the game I was shocked and impressed with the general manager of the Belfast Giants. An hour before the gates open up to the arena he does a question and answer at the bar with season ticket holders. It was shocking to hear him answer some outrageous questions regarding player contracts, coaches contacts, etc.
You will never see that from a general manager in the major sports in America. GMs typically watch what they say and who they say it too. The way the Belfast Giants GM opens up to the fans of the team was amazing. And it showed during the game with nearly a sellout crowd cheering on the Giants from start to finish. Thats saying alot seeing as though Ice Hockey is not a big sport here in Ireland.
I can check Ice Hockey off the bucket list, next I’ve got to catch a Rugby match live!