I actually never ate in the arena last time. I just kept some food in a small cooler in my car.
We're down near the ice and don't find it particularly cold. However, my standard practice is to wear long johns under my (non-wool) slacks, and I wear a heavy wool jacket. I haven't needed to wear my down coat. I'm wewring short oot'likeshoes with a warm lining.
Experience at priorNationals has taught me that conxitions in the arena can change over the course of the week. It will be colder in the morning and during lightly-attended events, and sometimes it seems that a door has been opened, and you'll feel a sudden draft.
The last 2 times there I had a winter coat but mainly around my shoulders and I was 12 rows up from the ice.Has anyone been to the main rink yet? I'm wondering how cold it is. I'll be heading to Florida from Greensboro and was hoping to leave my heaviest jackets and boots at home.
We're in row KK and I was a little chilly in my long, insulated coat but I'm more sensitive to cold than I used to be. I wasn't uncomfortable but I wished I had had on an extra layer.Has anyone been to the main rink yet? I'm wondering how cold it is. I'll be heading to Florida from Greensboro and was hoping to leave my heaviest jackets and boots at home.
I carried my Worlds 2003 bag that is large enough to hold my program and other things. At the first event, they barely glanced inside it. When we came back for Junior Dance, they didn't even look inside it. I was successful in hiding a bottle of water and some snacks in my bag and coat pockets. Water is $4; that's the cheapest drink.Also how strict are they on the size of the tote bags, I have a clear NFL bag that is about the size of the 8x8x10 inches but would prefer a larger cloth tote bag to easily carry the program, etc.
There is an Olive Garden further down West Gate City Blvd (@ 2 minute drive). There is a small Thai Kitchen that doesn't look like much but inside there are a few tables and very good food.Food Sources:
Pickings are going to be slim in the arena even when everything is open. Right now I'm just seeing hotdogs, cheeseburgers, and chicken nuggets. At some point we should have barbecue pretty good last time we were here) and carved turkey sandwiches.
Reports and promo materials indicate that the FanFest (under same roof but outside arena) has wraps, salads, soup, panini and something hot. Meatloaf and pasta have been mentioned; it may be just one hot item each day. I haven't had time to go over there yet. FanFest may not be open far into in the evening (hours vary by day), so probably better as a lunch option. It will not be open on Sunday.
Outside the complex but nearby on the corner of West Gate City Blvd and Ellington is a Middle Eastern fast-food spot called Ghassan's. The menu is limited but three of us enjoyed our food. The offerings include falafel and what seemed to be an all-vegetarian mezze plate.