Monday, March 11, 2013

The High End Life (For One Night)

Living on a limited budget can be stressful and demoralizing at times. However, every now, good things happen to those that are patient and wait. One of those such opportunities graced my presence just last weekend...

ADT, a well-knonw, nationwide security company, donated 8 tickets to a recent Florida Panthers hockey game. Now these weren't just any seats - these seats were located in the company suite inside the BB&T Center! Not only were the seats top notch, free food and drinks AND a VIP parking pass were included in the deal! Talk about living the high life!

The group!
So Friday night, Skeeter, Max, Kevin (my roommate), Jen, Erin, Hannah, and one of our supervisors, Brad, headed down to Miami to take in this once in a lifetime opportunity. We were handed out tickets (valued at $999.00!) and headed up to the company suite. It was just like we had thought it would be! Open bar, carving stations, buffet lines complete with sushi, shrimp, bacon-wrapped scallops, pizza options galore, and free popcorn! Oh, and seats in the front row with a clear view of the rink. The suite itself took about about 1/4 of the arena, which was pretty phenomenal in itself!

Needless to say, we all took full advantage of the open bar, free food, and entertaining game. Now the Panthers are one of the worst teams in the NHL. Despite that, the game (against the Winnipeg Jets) went into overtime. We were headed to a shootout when the Jets scored with 40 seconds remaining. Game over.

But we didn't let the final score damper our spirits! The 8 of us actually ended up shutting down the arena! Leave it to AmeriCorps to be the last ones out and always having a good time! Needless to say, none of us are going to forget this awesome night and this once in a lifetime opportunity that we will probably never have again!

The rink during lineups
Enjoying the free food!



Jen and Max chowing down!
Max, myself and Skeet!


Jen, Skeet, and I
The guys!


The gals!
Roommate bonding time!