As the saying goes, "revenge is a dish best served on ice and sliced with the frozen tears of Wayne Gretzky." Take in the carnage of a fine gentleman's sport with today's Groupon: for $11, you get a premium seat at a Seattle Thunderbirds hockey game (a $22 value). Choose one of the following games:
- vs. Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday, October 1 at 7:35 p.m.
- vs. Calgary Hitmen on Saturday, October 16 at 7:05 p.m.
The Seattle Thunderbirds are part of the Western Hockey League, a collection of competitive junior hockey squads. Premium seats surround the rink on all sides and only go up to 20 rows back, providing an up-close view of the biscuit being whacked into the basket, dekes, and fancy stick work that subtly carves passages from Alan Alda's Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself into the ice. With any luck, you'll see a hat trick, a chippy second period that devolves into a baseball game, or the start of a player's successful pro career. Noted T-bird alumni include Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks and Chris Osgood, the Red Wings' goaltender.
The Thunderbirds play at the ShoWare Center in Kent, billed as North America's first LEED Gold–certified sports and entertainment arena. Designed with the spectator in mind, the venue features four permanent concession stands plus several kiosks; you don't have to venture far from the action to find snacks or hockey-themed pneumatic drills. The "Chandelier" scoreboard with four 6'x12' video screens can display anything from instant replays and key stats to audience shots of fans carrying caged birds.