Last night’s Cleveland Cavaliers game has a lot of different things that can be evaluated, none very positive for the Cavs. So instead today I am posting purely as a fan. As a dedicated Cleveland sports fan, growing up in Sandusky, I got to go to number of Cavs games over the years. Since going to college in Dayton and since making that home, getting up for games has been few and far between.
Last night I was given free tickets for entering a contest Dan Gilbert had around the lottery. I got 2 tickets and a backstage tour. Here is my experience in picture form.
On the Ride up
Memories came back as the sign for Richfield started showing up on the highway. The old Richfield Coliseum was where I saw my first Cavs game in my childhood. Its amazing to think the Cavs would have their games this far away from downtown Cleveland, in such a remote area is intriguing. One of my favorite childhood memories also involves the Coliseum, seeing WWF events there with my brother and uncle.
Upon arrival we were given a tour of the backstage areas including conference rooms. The Cavs showed us how their offices are setup, talked about why they are setup that way as well as multiple special areas of the arena.
We ended the tour looking at the floor while some Bobcats and Cavs players warmed up and got ready. A rather large man captured our attention quickly, Patrick Ewing!
Near our seats was a great place to eat, Bar Symon, with a very interesting kielbasa with pulled pork, coleslaw and hot sauce. Delicious and a good price, if you have a chance to go to a Cavs game go to level 4 near section C124 I highly encourage it.
The Cavs gave us good seats for the game in section 124. We sat in those seats for about a quarter before exploring a little bit. This led us to visit some Twitter friends in the media and finally to a suite that my buddy was given access to, even taking a goofy mirror picture. We hung out in a great suite with a great view for a few quarters. Then we ended up in media row, watching the game with @cavsbeat and @WayneEmbrysKids.
All and all a very fun night besides the actual game which didn’t go so well. We will cover that more later but for now hope you enjoy my night at the Cavs game.