The Minnesota Wild put up a 25-12-4 record at the Xcel Energy Center last season, giving crowds plenty of reason to cheer, chant, and toast each other. With goal-focused pucksmen Mikko Koivu and Martin Havlat leading the way this season, the Wild are poised to bury the Predators and the Red Wings—both Western Conference rivals and 2010 Stanley Cup playoff teams—in a hailstorm of supersonic slapshots and seamless shift changes. Your suite seating will let you watch the sub-zero spectacle of your choice from within the confines of a fan-friendly pod of sheltered luxury. The Xcel Energy Center will fuel your full-throated cheering and creative high-fiving throughout the evening with a hot dog, chips, a cookie, and a soda or water.
TPI-certified golf-fitness instructor Angie Ause tailors 60-minute private tutorials to each pupil's skills and golf goals. After students display current swing mechanics with their own clubs or a set supplied by Angie, V1 video analyses provide a visual breakdown of the day's lesson, aid apprentices in studying their techniques, and showcase any post-swing pirouettes missed by the naked eye. Participants with six sessions under their belt qualify for a TPI evaluation, which improves swing and strength by combining a physical assessment, an HD-video playback of the session, and 18 individualized video workouts that improve swing imbalances.
Former NFL quarterback and current Hill-Murray head football coach Brooks Bollinger molds blossoming gridiron players into bona fide ballers during an intensive four-day instructional camp. Alongside a team of fellow coaches and special guests, Bollinger and his staff focus on football fundamentals, with crash courses in offense, defense, and special teams. Skill-specific drills will prepare athletic students for a range of in-game scenarios and introductions to rules and terminology such as "in motion" and "run the other way" emphasize gamely discipline. Basic leadership and sportsmanship customs are stressed throughout the camp, and each aspiring Howie Long is rewarded with a T-shirt and a newfound respect for the dynamics of physics.
The Dog House's endlessly edible bill of eats accumulates a satisfying variety of burgers, dogs, sammies, fish, and fried chicken. Settle disagreeable hunger grievances with the justice of comfort foods such as the pulled-pork sammie ($7), then follow its order to pick up a hefty portion of fried pickles ($6) and deep-fried onion straws ($6). The St. Bernard chicken rescues hungry taste buddies with a fine cut of grilled chicken blanketed in cheese, bacon, and mushrooms ($9), and the half rack of St. Louis–fashioned Rottweiler Ribs ($11) fills diners with a satisfaction paralleled only by watching a Meg Ryan romantic comedy. Guests can also quell burger cravings with one of six options, including The Great Dane, a mammoth patty piled with blue cheese, bacon, and mushrooms ($8), or choose to ebb the rising tide of seafood desires with the hand-battered Fish and Collie Chips ($10).
In warmer months, the whimsical patio at McCarron's Pub and Grill?complete with the sounds of trickling water and lush landscaping?is the perfect spot for a cold one. When the weather cools, head indoors to catch the sounds of frequent live acts and enjoy homemade comfort fare from the kitchen, which specializes in burgers, sliders, and sandwiches. Friday, McCarron's plays host to karaoke, as well as a weekly fish-fry, so visitors can chow on lightly battered and fried filets before getting up to belt out renditions of Gone Fishin'.
Every night of the week is party night at Freddy's Tiki Hut. Karaoke, Bingo, live music, or DJs keep the vibe fun but mellow?and the tropical surroundings and 16 beers on tap don't hurt either. A full menu of homemade bar grub keeps revelers reveling, and ranges from hand-patted burgers to fiery-hot chicken wings and Vienna beef chili dogs.