The Flyers first action of the season, a rookie game against the Islanders on Sept. 13 at the Wells Fargo Center, is still another few weeks away.
While we continue to look forward to the 2017-18 season, let’s take a look at three non-traditional hockey cities that are perfect for a weekend trip to catch a road game.
The historic hockey cities like Toronto make for an awesome place to see the orange and black play, but some of the non-traditional hockey markets can also provide a fun weekend for Flyers fans.
Here are three atypical hockey cities Flyers fans should visit this season to catch a road game:
The 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs showcased the unique hockey atmosphere that Nashville provides. The atmosphere at a Nashville Predators game is as close to that of a rowdy college hockey game as you can find in the NHL (just ask Matt Murray or any goaltender the team faced in the playoffs).
The Bridgestone Arena is one of the nicer venues in the league, and it sits in the heart of the famed Broadway Street loaded with bars, restaurants, entertainment and plenty of country music. Flyers fans can grab a bite to eat and some drinks on Broadway before the game, and dance the night away to live country music while they celebrate (hopefully) a Flyers victory.
“Smashville” is a must visit for any hockey fan.
Places to check out: Honky Tonk Central, ACME, Tin Roof
Another warm weather city, Tampa provides a lot more than just their palm trees and sunshine. The Amalie Arena lies in the heart of downtown Tampa, not far from the city’s main nightlife areas. Flyers fans can spend a day on one of the nearby beaches, walk alongside the gorgeous Tampa Riverwalk, or even visit the zoo or aquarium before seeing the orange and black take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. After the game, head to either the SoHo, Channelside, Downtown, or Ybor City districts for the nightlife attractions.
Flyers fans will not be disappointed in all that the city of Tampa has to offer.
Places to check out: The Dubliner (SoHo), Gaspar’s Grotto (Ybor City), Aja (Channelside)
If they can bear the idea of being surrounded by Dallas Cowboys fans, Flyers fans should check out a road game against the Stars in the beautiful city of Dallas. This booming metropolitan city offers loads of entertainment for visitors. Before the game, Flyers fans can shop in the massive NorthPark Center, visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, or check out a view to remember of the entire city from the famed Reunion Tower.
After the Flyers (hopefully) put a few pucks past Ben Bishop and defeat the Stars, fans can head to the Uptown or Deep Ellum neighborhoods where the nightlife is always exciting.
It may be home to the Philadelphia Eagles’ archrival Dallas Cowboys, but the city of Dallas is one non-traditional hockey market that Flyers fans should visit this season.
Places to check out: Concrete Cowboy (Uptown), Expo Bar (Deep Ellum)