The walk from the parking lot to Amelie Arena is hot and sweaty.
My husband and I grew up and lived in the northeastern part of the country until we retired. We have always been huge ice hockey fans. Mainly because of the nasty weather in our area, we preferred to watch the games from home. We didn’t quite dare invest in expensive tickets to an NHL game when blizzard conditions could prevent us from using them. Attending a game always meant bundling up in layers of sweaters, wool coats and heavy boots. We’d need to bush the snow off the car, scrape the windshield and let the defrost run for at least ten minutes. After parking, the walk to the rink was cold and brutal. Inside the stadium, the overhead heaters struggled to take the chill off. My husband and I moved to Largo, Florida a couple of years ago. We no longer worry about snow accumulation or sub zero temperatures. We rely on the air conditioner just about year round. We are Largo Lightning season ticket holders and just love attending the games. We dress in shorts, t-shirts and sandals and blast the air conditioner in the car on the way to the stadium. The walk from the parking lot to Amelie Arena is hot and sweaty. Stepping inside feels wonderful, because the air conditioner is blasting. The rink needs to take special precautions to keep the ice cold, hard and suitable for NHL games. The heat and humidity can be a problem, especially as we enter the end of the playoffs in June. My husband and I just love the weather in Largo, and we really enjoy cheering for a winning hockey team.