It’s exciting enough to be able to attend the occasional Canucks hockey game, but being able to experience it inside a private suite is a rare treat.
The tickets are not for sale. They can only be won by filling out a ballot at Metrotown’s Customer Service desks at the Upper level near Claire’s and on the Ground level by Forever XXI. A handful of winners are chosen at random to experience a fully-catered suite at Rogers Arena.
The prize can include either a Canucks home game or a concert. The program kicked off in late August, hosting shoppers in one of their two 500 level suites. Some lucky winners have previously attended Lady Gaga, Michael Buble, Alice in Chains, Backstreet Boys, and other major acts, all enjoyed from the luxury of one of these catered suites.
Seated high up in the 500 level suites offers a commanding view of the entire rink.
I thoroughly enjoyed the bird’s-eye perspective, watching all six Canucks goals, a couple of nasty fights, and everything in between.
Even watching the national anthems being sung was special from this vantage point.
We were welcomed to the suite with plates of gourmet cheeses, nuts, fruits, and veggie plates.
Once the game was underway, mini-sliders, wings, shrimp sticks, and other warm and cold snacks made their way into the suite.
At third period, a plate of warm cookies was brought in. Between the private washroom, coat closet, and (non-alcoholic) drinks, there was little lacking in this luxurious setting.
Suite winners to either a concert or hockey game are ineligible to win for the next 90 days. That can still add up to a few games and concerts per year. The next time you’re at Metrotown Mall, make the time to fill out a ballot. I’m still reliving last night’s experience!