I asked at our very fancy hotel for the best way to get to the Staples Centre, and was told everyone goes by taxi, ... but we decided that there must be a cheaper way, so went downstairs to the metro and saw someone in Laker clothes. We just followed them, and soon we were ambling along with a whole bunch of Laker fans. One change of train, and we arrived right outside the Staples Centre, all for $1.25!! I definitely should be a concierge!!!
The Staples Centre was huge
. When we went into the centre, we were all given yellow T shirts with Lakers on, so that was an exciting start! It was just wonderful. The atmosphere was great, and although our seats were in the nose bleed area (the VERY last row!), we were on the side, so could see the game well. It was a real treat to be there. The anthem was funny. Not a soul sung along … just the fellow singing in his warbly voice. Perhaps that is why they don’t sing along! They do shout and yell during the lines of the anthem that they like though!! (like the land of the free). It was quite interesting. The whole atmosphere of the game is incredible. Half the fun is watching the big screens as the camera pans around the audience, with everyone excited as they see themselves on the big screen. The music is loud, and everyone chants along, "Defence", or "We want Taco's" (there are free Taco coupons if the Lakers win).
We came back to Hollywood at the end and did a bit of shopping, and now have collapsed in a heap on the bed from exhaustion. Nicci is dozing, but we will go down later when we have recharged our batteries.
Leave for Las Vegas tomorrow, but luckily our plane is only at about midday, so we shouldn’t have to get up at sparrow.
We had to put our plans of going to Disneyland away, when we got our tickets for the Lakers, as the game was at midday. When we originally booked it, the booking sheet said it was on Saturday but time to be determined. When the tickets arrived, the game was on Sunday. Going to the game was first choice for Nicci, so she didn't feel cheated by not meeting Mickey Mouse.