Episode 4 – Fee Fi Fo Fum
This might have been the most Canadian thing I have done since I have been in Ireland. It was also one of those things that I have been looking forward to do since I arrived in Ireland and thanks to our head of social media, Rachel Stoops. I was able to go to my first Belfast Giant professional hockey game.
Being Canadian you would think that I would have been to at least one NHL hockey game, but that is not the case at all unfortunately; and this Belfast game has changed my opinion on the atmosphere of a hockey game. I know about the atmosphere at a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game and I heard it is electric but if it compares anything to what it was like at the Belfast Giants game then I will have to buy some tickets when I get back home. The game that Kollyns, Lexi, Kyle and myself got to witness had everything a hockey game could offer. There were 9 goals in total (7 for Belfast), some good hits, some great plays and of course best of all there was a fight that broke out in the third period.
It was great to see the support that the Giants had, because although the crowd could not compare to that of an NHL team, their team spirit and enthusiasm was second to none. The one section that caught my attention was definitely the section of rowdy fans who were banging the drums and making the most noise out of everyone in the whole arena. It reminded me a lot of division 1 athletic events back in the states, with the student sections that would be rowdy and exciting to not only play in front of but play against as well.
To top it all off, the cherry on top of everything that was going on in the arena, from the game, to the rowdy fans, to the fights, were the nachos I had to go with the entertainment. Now these nachos may have just been good because i was really hungry or because the cheese to salsa ratio was perfect and exactly what I needed to top of the night. However, I know one thing’s for sure, i will have to find a way to another Belfast Giants game at the SSE Arena.