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The Ice Bowl: Almost Perfect

There are only two things that could have made the Ice Bowl (Winter Classic) better – a win and a downtown stadium. What an incredible day it was for Buffalo. The weather was made to order… the fans were at their best… I can barely imagine what would have happened if we had come away with a win. Despite the pit in my stomach (that I still have), I continue to vividly remember what an amazing experience it was to watch such an unusual event. It was one of those days when the actual game far outweighed the hype that had been building up. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a last minute ticket. We had been planning on heading down to the HSBC to join the fans at that location, which I’m sure was a blast.
The Ice Bowl will go down, for me, as one of the all-time most memorable sporting events I have ever seen. I look back and can visualize the parking lots filled with some of the most unusual hybrid fans ever. Everything was fair game yesterday. There were people ringing in the New Year. Others were staunch Sabres’ fans. Years of Bills tailgating experience came in handy, while footballs flew overhead and hockey pucks bounced off of the cars. While the end result was not what we had hoped, the game kept us cheering right up until the end. Ice Bowl parties around the country, national media attention, spirited fans singing the praise of their hometown team… what a way to welcome in 2008. If the stadium was located in downtown Buffalo I am sure that the bars and restaurants would have enjoyed the spillover that other cities benefit from when these types of games wrap up. Oh well… it’s fun to think about what it would be like… and of course we still have the Bills and Sabres here to cheer (and that’s the important thing).

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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