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#41 dmann422

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 04:11 PM

Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't the first game a loss against the Sens with B. Gionta scoring the lone goal for the Devils (I think the score was 3-1 or 4-1 Sens)

bah you and CR are right I seem to have forgotten that first game. I was in college at the time and looking it up that was a Saturday night so I might not have been watching that one haha...
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Posted 18 February 2014 - 04:19 PM

Since the Devils left, I've been back to the old arena a few times for a few concerts and most recently in January for Disney on Ice.

 

The thing that strikes me most each time I'm there is not the small size of the concourse, which I remember very well, but the poor lighting. At night, the whole concourse is dimly lit. It almost seems like you're walking around in a yellow haze.

 

Also, as has been mentioned, the surrounding area looks so different these days. I know the huge parking structure had already been erected before the Devils left, but for the majority of the years it was a wide open parking lot in front of the box office entrance. And someone already mentioned the tackiness of the Izod signage on the outside.

 

Still, though, if the Devils ever played a game there for old times sake, I'd definitely go and have fun.


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 04:33 PM

I will tell you one thing I don't miss about CAA and that is that friggin cattle walk they had there from Giants Stadium.  I still remember the original wooden one they had there and that thing could get scary at times.  It was dark, narrow and when it was filled you can feel the entire thing vibrating as you were walking in there.


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 04:37 PM

The Izod bookings through spring are not impressive. Imagine Dragon? Demi Lovito? Has anybody heard of those acts?

Granted they do have Cher and some wrestling show but I doubt either pack 'em in anymoe


Those are two incredibly popular acts in the younger age brackets.
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Posted 18 February 2014 - 04:44 PM

The walk to the top row of the upper deck was LONG back then. Plenty of opportunities to trip and stumble.

It's funny, once I came to the Rock it felt like home pretty quickly, all things considered. But CitiField (where the Mets now play), despite it clearly being a much better ballpark from a technical standpoint, still feels like a place the Mets happen to play in, as opposed to their true "home", and there's other Met fans that feel the same way.


I'm totally with you on CitiField. It pretty much signaled the end of me being a due hard Mets fan. The Wilpons botched it pretty good. When you think about it, us Devil fans are damn lucky the Rock came out so perfectly. It's not a guarantee a new arena will instantly feel like home, or be an all-around gem, so for us to get both with the Rock...well thank you JVB and HOK architects...and Port Newark for their lease money which funded construction.
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Posted 18 February 2014 - 04:46 PM

I will tell you one thing I don't miss about CAA and that is that friggin cattle walk they had there from Giants Stadium.  I still remember the original wooden one they had there and that thing could get scary at times.  It was dark, narrow and when it was filled you can feel the entire thing vibrating as you were walking in there.

 

Oh yes I remember that too.  Used to leak quite a bit when it rained.  It was a tradeoff...you could either park at Giants Stadium and avoid the traffic (but freeze your ass off in winter walking back and forth), or park at the arena and get stuck after the game unless you practically sprinted to your car (or left early).

 

BTW, here is what is planned for what was Xanadu...doesn't look bad until you realize that Triple 5 predicted that this would be up and running by late 2013.  The latest I saw somewhere now says 2016.  Meanwhile the "new" buildings are already starting to show signs of neglect.  Hard to have much faith in this thing ever being resolved.

 

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 04:50 PM

Demi is huge. She'll sell that arena, as will imagine dragons. Must not turn the radio on much do you?

The Izod bookings through spring are not impressive. Imagine Dragon? Demi Lovito? Has anybody heard of those acts?

Granted they do have Cher and some wrestling show but I doubt either pack 'em in anymoe


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 04:56 PM

Saw Dave Matthews Band there in the summer of 2012. Don't remember the building, I was pretty drunk


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 08:18 PM

The walk to the top row of the upper deck was LONG back then.  Plenty of opportunities to trip and stumble.   

 

It's funny, once I came to the Rock it felt like home pretty quickly, all things considered.  But CitiField (where the Mets now play), despite it clearly being a much better ballpark from a technical standpoint, still feels like a place the Mets happen to play in, as opposed to their true "home", and there's other Met fans that feel the same way. 

 

They botched it badly from the beginning by not really being in tune to what mets fans wanted or needed...but since then there have been some fixes. Blue walls, friendlier dimensions, more Mets stuff in general, Mets HOF. And the Mets have given us some good moments in the building despite not being very good over the last few years (Santana no hitter among other things)

 

I wonder what's left? Do they have to make the playoffs for it to really feel like home?


Demi is huge. She'll sell that arena, as will imagine dragons. Must not turn the radio on much do you?

 

well I don't listen to garbage if that's what you mean


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 08:41 PM

Maybe so. I don't fancy imagine dragons myself, nor much of Demi but she's a icon for younger girls and both are very popular.

They botched it badly from the beginning by not really being in tune to what mets fans wanted or needed...but since then there have been some fixes. Blue walls, friendlier dimensions, more Mets stuff in general, Mets HOF. And the Mets have given us some good moments in the building despite not being very good over the last few years (Santana no hitter among other things)

I wonder what's left? Do they have to make the playoffs for it to really feel like home?


well I don't listen to garbage if that's what you mean


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 08:54 PM

god i loved those circus clown banners. DAMNIT who used to have the handle "clown banner" or something or other? ...i guess im showing my njdevs age here.

anyway, ive only been back to the izod center once since the devils left - i didn't really feel any negative feelings nor did i feel nostalgia. i just felt like i was "at the caa" for another event. it's definitely outdated, it definitely screams of about 359 fire code violations, but it's what it is, more or less. i think myself, like many devils fans (or patrons of the arena in general) have tripped up or stumbled down the steps at least once it its heyday lol. that xanadu sh!t is horrendous though. i still don't understand what purpose that was supposed to serve.

with that said - maybe i'm flying solo here - but it took me a while to become adjusted and feel comfortable at the rock. i think it's because i grew up at the brendan byrne/caa. i was in my 20s (yes, still young) but the time the rock opened its doors and i was at opening night no less - but it felt odd to me. i've now grown to love the arena and its attractions, but it definitely took me a few years. i guess i was still a little to wide-eyed and confused to get what was going on. i was used to $7.50 chicken tenders and fries. you add an extra $2 to that and i'm thrown for a loop, for sure.

 

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I've been to the Meadowlands twice since the Devils left...a Coldplay show (don't laugh, really good show) and a WWE event (okay you can laugh now, terrible event).  The first time was a little weird, for reasons everyone else has mentioned.

 

The second time I busted my shin when I tripped on a step heading up to my seat and it felt like home again for a few blindingly painful moments.


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 08:59 PM

Devils lost their first game at the Rock to the Senators 4-1 (after a nine-game road trip to start the season). I remember the 6-1 beatdown...that was their second game there.

The Wilpons of course screwed up their building, thinking that somehow Mets fans would be more interested in going to a building that seemed to pay more homage to the Brooklyn Dodgers than to the team that actually played there. They've since taken some positive steps to correct, but that misstep left a bad taste in Met fans' mouths that still lingers even now. You are right, I think it's going to take some serious winning to wash that out.



I thought I would feel much more nostalgia than I did. I think some of it was stripped away by the mess that sprouted up around it...I remember tailgating in the parking lot back in the day during playoff games.

BBA was heavily criticized for having just the one concourse (terrible idea), and yeah, that had a way of crowding up in a hurry between periods and after games for sure. I never really minded CAA overall when I was watching games there...it served its purpose well, even if it lacked personality.

Great point CR- Xanadu and the parking garage kind of took away that unique feel the CAA had, outside anyway. Tailgating before playoff games, that big parking lot... It kind of went away a little at the end there. And I think by the time the Devils moved, everyone had had it with the CAA (I know I did). The single concourse, sh!tty food, rude ushers- I couldn't wait for the Rock to open. (Speaking of the single concourse- I remember going to Devils games as a kid in the 80's when they allowed smoking in the building. The concourse was like a giant ash tray). But looking back now, I kind of miss it. I'd never want the Devils to move back or anything, but I look back and smile now at some of the little things that annoyed me about the old barn. I guess time does that. Overall- I've had some of the best memories of my life in that arena (and not just Devils games, but Nets games as a kid and some great concerts as well). So while it may be a dump, it was OUR dump. And it will always hold a very special place in my heart.


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 09:02 PM

Sometimes I wonder what's going on in John McMullens alternate universe where the Devils moved to Hoboken insteaddevarena.jpg


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 09:08 PM

Great point CR- Xanadu and the parking garage kind of took away that unique feel the CAA had, outside anyway. Tailgating before playoff games, that big parking lot... It kind of went away a little at the end there. And I think by the time the Devils moved, everyone had had it with the CAA (I know I did). The single concourse, sh!tty food, rude ushers- I couldn't wait for the Rock to open. (Speaking of the single concourse- I remember going to Devils games as a kid in the 80's when they allowed smoking in the building. The concourse was like a giant ash tray). But looking back now, I kind of miss it. I'd never want the Devils to move back or anything, but I look back and smile now at some of the little things that annoyed me about the old barn. I guess time does that. Overall- I've had some of the best memories of my life in that arena (and not just Devils games, but Nets games as a kid and some great concerts as well). So while it may be a dump, it was OUR dump. And it will always hold a very special place in my heart.


God I remember when they had smoking in the concourse. You could actually see the haze in there from all the smoke.

As a kid I loved going around the entire arena around the walkway that formed a ring around the arena past the last row of the upper deck. Was a nice alternative than trying to walk through that busy concourse.
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Posted 18 February 2014 - 09:10 PM

I will tell you one thing I don't miss about CAA and that is that friggin cattle walk they had there from Giants Stadium. I still remember the original wooden one they had there and that thing could get scary at times. It was dark, narrow and when it was filled you can feel the entire thing vibrating as you were walking in there.

Oh man that was one of my favorite memories of the Meadowlands! Walking through the 'tunnel' (as my family and I called it) was sooo much fun after a big Devils win, especially in the playoffs. I remember the walk back over to the Giants Stadium parking lot after we beat the Phailures in game 6 in 2000 to tie the ECF being crazier than usual, that was an amazing night lol. Plus there were a lot of sh!t-talking-but-suddenly-quiet Phailure fans who got it big-time in the tunnel that night. Great memories!


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 09:15 PM

Sometimes I wonder what's going on in John McMullens alternate universe where the Devils moved to Hoboken insteaddevarena.jpg

 

I always said that if they ever managed to pull that off it would have been an enormous success for the franchise.  The same mass transit access as Newark and you would have a lot people living within walking distance that would go to games as well, with a lot more to do after the game.


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 09:17 PM

Yeah I kind of miss the cow tunnel. I was pretty convinced I was going to die in it, the floorboards giving way to drop me onto Route 3, after the first Stanley Cup parade. That was pretty insane.

 

Even the newer concrete one was cool.


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 09:18 PM

God I remember when they had smoking in the concourse. You could actually see the haze in there from all the smoke.

As a kid I loved going around the entire arena around the walkway that formed a ring around the arena past the last row of the upper deck. Was a nice alternative than trying to walk through that busy concourse.

Yep, I remember that walkway lol. At game 1 against the Rags in 2006, I was sitting in the last row of the upper level... Who comes walking right past mt on that very walkway during the first intermission but Joe Benigno from WFAN, a huge Rags fan who I remember was talking lots of noise on the air about the Rangers being able to beat us pretty easily. After we blew a hole in the Rangers in the first period and he came walking by I yelled 'hey Joe, how's it feel right now?' If looks could kill... He was so pissed lol.


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 09:20 PM

Yep, I remember that walkway lol. At game 1 against the Rags in 2006, I was sitting in the last row of the upper level... Who comes walking right past mt on that very walkway during the first intermission but Joe Benigno from WFAN, a huge Rags fan who I remember was talking lots of noise on the air about the Rangers being able to beat us pretty easily. After we blew a hole in the Rangers in the first period and he came walking by I yelled 'hey Joe, how's it feel right now?' If looks could kill... He was so pissed lol.

 

That dude is a blowhard.  I still remember when Ozolinsh scored for us that series.


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 09:23 PM

Yep, I remember that walkway lol. At game 1 against the Rags in 2006, I was sitting in the last row of the upper level... Who comes walking right past mt on that very walkway during the first intermission but Joe Benigno from WFAN, a huge Rags fan who I remember was talking lots of noise on the air about the Rangers being able to beat us pretty easily. After we blew a hole in the Rangers in the first period and he came walking by I yelled 'hey Joe, how's it feel right now?' If looks could kill... He was so pissed lol.

 

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