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Arrive early! Starting three hours before the puck drops there’s plenty of action outside the arena in the district known as The Park. Photo-ops with Chance– our Gila monster mascot– and cheering squad can be had, along with drink and food specials at nearby eateries. Thirty minutes before the first face-off you can watch the Ice Crew, led by the VGK Drumline, parade into the arena. I’ve also heard reliable rumors that one can enter the arena early and walk down rink-side to see the teams close up while they’re warming up on the ice, so bring your non-profes- sional cameras with you to catch some action shots. When heading to your seats be sure to buy some 51/49 raffle tickets at one of the hosted kiosk stations or from a mobile seller. Sales stop at the end of the 2nd period with the winner announced during the 3rd period. Past jackpots have ranged from $12,000 to $138,000, and one lucky winner will split the prize with the VGK Foundation, where it’s used to make posi- tive changes in the Vegas community. If you didn’t hit up The Park, the arena has plenty of food and drink options. Simple stuff from Shake Shack’s burgers to Pink’s hot dogs are available, but I suggest splurging on Gastro Pub’s Prime Rib sandwich, a Panini from Pizza Forte or good eats from the locally owned and operated Rollin’ Smoke BBQ. As far as drinks, anything you can imagine is available, from domestic and micro-brewed craft beers to exquisite cocktails. Don’t worry about missing the action while you’re out of your seat hunting down some grub; closed circuit TVs and the announc- er’s voice are easy to see and hear while in the concourses. You can even go onto the mezzanine for fresh air, play some Cornhole or Jenga, and still watch the game from the Jumbotron down below in The Park! Dress warm and be sure to wear your VGK apparel, especially if you want a chance at a cameo appearance on the rink’s over- head jumbo screens (having a cute kid or two with you helps). Keep an eye out for our Golden Knight and the mascot Chance, as they often shoot T-shirts into the crowd with their air-pow- ered bazookas. Here’s a hot tip: when exiting, use the nearest exit and stairwells from your seats to avoid the bottleneck issues at the escalators. Follow all or most of the above