Originally invented by bored henchmen looking to pass the time at Doctor Berserko’s secret Antarctic lair, hockey has since overtaken polo and unicycle jousting as America's pastime. Hop on the bandwagon with today’s Groupon to the wall-slamming, stick-banging, puck-flying, figure-skating fun of a San Antonio Rampage game. Choose from four options for the Rampage's Friday, March 18, matchup against the Milwaukee Admirals at 7 p.m. at the AT&T Center:
- For $5, you get a balcony seat (a $9.85 value).
- For $8, you get a lower-level plaza seat (a $16 value).
- For $8, you get a balcony seat with a hot dog, soda, and chips (a $15.85 value).
- For $11, you get a lower-level plaza seat with a hot dog, soda, and chips (a $22 value).
Plaza-level seats for this deal are shown in maroon in this arena seating chart. Balcony seats, which are not usually available for Rampage games, will be located near the center of the ice.
The San Antonio Rampage is the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes. Frenzied fans cheer on Garrett Stafford and Mathieu Beaudoin as they attempt to maintain their team's cold tyranny over the Admirals with swift passes, speed-of-sound shots, and gentle camaraderie composed of deep, meaningful silence and smoldering eye contact. Both selectable sections of seats put you in easy ice-viewing position, and additional concessions keep belly rumbles from underscoring exuberant cheers.
Hockey, the magnificent mutt of the sporting world, embodies the suspense of watching an object swish through a net (as in basketball or soccer), the thrill of rambunctious brawls (boxing), the tear-stained emotional fragility of ice skating or football, and the utter brutality of golf, all combined into one explosive, sequin-studded event. Hockey's family-friendly nature and pro-fisticuffs political leanings also make it an ideal activity for antsy out-of-town relatives visiting for the annual celebration of the month of March and all that March stands for as a month.
The Express-News recounts this last season contest against the Peoria Rivermen:
- The Rampage used a three-goal outburst in the second period to bury the Peoria Rivermen 5-2 in front of 4,534 fans...Sullivan was the trailer on a rush led by Kyle Turris, whose shot was stopped by Peoria netminder Joe Fallon. But Sullivan followed the shot to slip in the rebound...Less than five minutes into the third, defenseman Shaun Heshka put a well-directed laser from the Peoria blueline high into the Rivermen cage for a 4-1 lead...David Spina added an empty-net goal with 32 seconds left to seal the Rampage's fourth win in five games. – Tony Uminski