We got to the Sears Centre early and check out every level. The staff there was so helpful, informative and funny. They told us what we needed to see and joked with us as we wandered around the stadium.
The VIP Luxury suites offer comfort, great views and excellent food, among other amenities and are reasonably priced. These would make an excellent setting for parties or any type of gathering.
The game itself was a tightly-contested battle. The Express played a solid game, but came up just a bit short
The Club Seats sections are part of the Sears Centre premium seating plan. You can watch the game from extra comfortable seats (similar to suite seating) or you can relax in the casual and comfortable concourse area. There is also a bar and food service featuring a carving station. It doesn't get much better than this. You also have the ability to leave this special area to sit in regular seats just below the Club section (but why leave paradise?).
After the game, once again with the help of the staff, we were able to meet with coach John. I wrote about that historic meeting last week.
As we made our way to the exit, many staffers asked us about our experience and wished us well and it wasn't just because we were part of the press. We saw the staff talking to many of the fans as they exited. What a pleasant way to end a fantastic night. This really was a totally great experience.
The Express are the ECHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL and the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. These players are young, hungry and talented. The action is exciting and the Express organization certainly does a great job at making each game a fun experience.
I highly encourage anyone to go to ChicagoExpress.com to learn about this young team. If you live near Chicago, go to a game. If you live near any ECHL team, you should check out the great hockey they provide.
John Wroblewski and John Wroblewski in Hoffman Estates, IL-February 2012.