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There is a Toronto Marlies game on when we are in Toronto next month. Sorry to be so ignorant , but will this still have a good atmosphere (I don't think we are going to be able to get tickets for the Maple Leafs) Or would the St Michael majors be a better game? Also is the Ricoh Colliseum far from the centre as we will only arrive about an hour before the game?

As ever thanks in anticipation.

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it will be a great game...

it all depends on where you're arriving to...the hotel i assume and if its downtown you should be ok...

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Marlies are a good choice. Nice arena and a decent brand of hockey.


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Fraser2 -

The Toronto Marlies play in the American Hockey League - one step below the National Hockey League...their parent club is the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Ricoh Colliseum is a very nice arena - it was completely renovated just a few years ago - it's configured specifically for AHL hockey - fewer seats in the arena than for an NHL game. A key factor is athmosphere is attendence - how many people attend the game. The Marlies are just OK in this regard, averaging 4362 fans per game last year - but it seats 10000 - that means more than half the seats are empty at the average game.

I wouldn't consider the St. Michael's Majors as an alternative. Their tiny arena seats only a couple thousand, is usually mostly empty, and it's ancient and falling apart - because of arena troubles, they're actually moving out to the suburbs next season.

Ricoh Colliseum is just west of downtown at Exhibition Place - it's easy to get to by transit - take the subway to Union Station, then transfer to the Harbourfront Streetcars and take Streetcar #509 Exhibition - I would guess it's about 15-20 minutes on the Streetcar from Union.

While it's tough to get tickets, and they are MUCH MORE expensive, the atmosphere at a Toronto Maple Leafs game is top notch. Every game is a sellout, and due to the scarcity of tickets, really takes on a celebratory athmosphere for those fortunate enough to have tickets. BTW, general public sale of single game tickets begins at 10am Toronto time on Monday, September 18 at www.ticketmaster.ca


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If you wish to try to get Leafs tickets, this Sat. the 16th is your shot. Individual game tickets go on sale at 10am at ticketmaster.ca.

I would suggest trying for a mid-week game as everyone jumps at the Sat. night games first.

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In terms of atmosphere compared to a football game then you will be disappointed by the atmosphere at any hockey game in Toronto.

The Marlies do play in a nice arena but its often half empty and pretty quiet. Its an easy arena to get to from downtown. Tickets around 20 bucks but check there site.

The Majors is great hockey and because its a small arean you always have a great view of whats happening. They play in the OHL which is junior hockey and consists of the best 16-20 year old players in Canada. In some Canadian cities they get up to 9,000 fans for this league but in Toronto its not that popular due to the small old arena. I would recommend to go here if you want a true glimpse of hockey in Canada and the best young talent. Ticket should be about 6 pounds.

The Leafs is expensive, its the best quality hockey and the biggest show. Even if you get tickets at face value you may be paying a lot of money and if you get one of the cheapest then you will be far from the ice.

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Have managed to get tickets for the Senators/Leafs game at Ottawa on 26th Oct. as will be there by then. Couldn't get any apart from obstructed view at Toronto. Thanks for everyone's advice. Its only a few weeks away now ........

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Lucky you, that will be a great game as they are in province rivals. Maybe #25 Chris Neil on the Senators will show you some of what his grandpa taught him! A little hard hitting always makes the game more exciting. Just make sure you cheer for the Leafs! lol

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