StL Dan wrote:
Into the Barn with what seemed like a million people then up the stairs and down the narrow corridors and eventually steep, rickety climb up metal stairs to our perch to one end overlooking Liut. The memory of the sheer verticality of those seats still make me shutter with excitement. Names like Unger, Babych, Zuke, Crombeen, Peterson and #24 Federko are etched in memory.
I vividly remember the rickety steep metal stairs going up to the suspended gondola-like stands at the arena ends up high. We sat up there more than a few times...and I believe those are where The Jr. Bluenote Club seats were...which my brothers and I were members for years.
They don't make arenas like that anymore...I guess that's good and bad.
Here's some stuff from me...
My first Blues memory was watching on Channel 11 back in the early 80's...I must have been in 2nd or 3rd grade I guess...no idea really. On TV, the Arena always appeared smokey/hazy and dimly lit on the inside. But I remember getting so excited when I was changing channels and found out a game was on. I remember the broadcast being sponsored by Bud Sports with bad on screen graphics showing who was playing who. I would lay on the floor, probably 3 or 4 feet from our console tv (or whatever those tv's that used to sit on the floor were called).
I also have an early memory of being at a bowling alley when my parents were bowling, and I went to the snack bar and saw the game on tv and watched for a while. For some reason I remember seeing Wamsley in net that night and that always stuck with me.
My earliest in person Arena memory was when my dad took my brother and I to our first game back in the mid-late 80's. We were in line outside the front of the Arena and I remember seeing the cars parked in a roped off area in front and wondering if those were the cars of the players. At the side of the arena, there was a pile of snow...but it hadn't snowed. I assumed at the time it was from the Zamboni or something. We entered the Arena under those tall arches. I remember lots of concrete and lots of people. Kind of cold/musty/damp and intimidating for a kid, but man was I excited. I remember seeing mostly worn-off yellow "standing room only" painted on the floor as I walked over it on the way to our seats. And for some reason I remember it being semi-dark in the concourse behind the seats up top. I remember the top of the arena and those drooping canvas-like things hanging from the ceiling. No idea what those were...I always assumed it had something to do with keeping the arena cooler, but now I think it may have been just to hide the ugly interior of the roof or something...or maybe sound dampeners?
The game was against Detroit. The Blues won, the game, 3-2 I believe... and I remember screaming "get the puck out" near the end of the game when Detroit was trying to tie it up late. I remember nothing else about the game itself. But I mainly remember being in awe of the Arena. That building was old and beat up, but it was cool as hell. I'm going to say that I maybe went to 15 games or so there.
I remember some of the old inbetween period contests at the Arena. Channel 11 televised the games at the time and Cheers was also on Ch. 11 at night then. They had contestants fling 8ft. tall Ch.11 & Cheers beer mugs on wheels (kind of like a janitors trash can has in that it could roll in any direction) from center ice and try to get them to stop inside one of the faceoff circles. Weird.
I have 5 seats from the Arena. One padded yellow one on a stand and a section and seat number certificate (very nice) that I bought off of an LGB member a long time ago...and I have 4 blue ones all hooked together (no stand...yet) that I will do something with eventually.
I was at game #4 of the sweep of the Blackhawks in '93. Best game I have ever been to in person. And then I remember the grueling & sad 7 game series against Toronto in Rd. 2 that year...at the same time as the great flood of '93 was going on. Hard to believe that was almost 20 years ago now.
I started this site just over 10 years ago.
I have watched two games from inside the KMOX box...both times I sat right next to Kerber as he called the game. That was a blast.
Went to a bachelor party at a game once. We stood at Top Shelf and watched the Blues beat the Bruins in a shootout in front of us, while the Cardinals were winning (and eventually won) a playoff game en route to their 2006 Championship on a tv behind us. It was the Suppan home run game...that was pretty cool.
Went to something like 6 straight home openers before life started to get in the way of going to games.
I was a season ticket holder for three years back in the mid-2000's.