SBD/December 12, 2013/Facilities

NHL Panthers' In-Game Plexiglass Snafu Leads To Heavy Media Coverage



Glass with adhesive backing at a Panthers game made news in Canada
The NHL Panthers were forced to install a sheet of glass "with the double-sided adhesive backing" still on during Tuesday night's game against the Red Wings after a third period shot "cracked a pane of glass behind the Detroit goal," according to George Richards of the MIAMI HERALD. The ice crew at BB&T Center "took down the busted piece and was ready to replace it with another but that piece of glass slipped and cracked." The arena only "kept one piece of backup glass without its protective backing to keep the rest from being scratched or broken." Because it would have "taken approximately 20 minutes to get the stubborn adhesive off, the decision was to put the glass up with the backing still on." As the third period went on, the backing "was taken off another piece of glass and put up during the overtime break" (MIAMI HERALD, 12/12). In Ft. Lauderdale, Christy Cabrera Chirinos notes when the glass went up, it was "blocking the view of some fans behind it." The whole "snafu made for plenty of commentary on television and social media." Panthers RW Brad Boyes: "I'm from Toronto so it was pretty big news there with all my buddies sending messages and pictures. It was quite the conversation piece" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 12/12).

YOU CAN'T SEE ME: The incident was widely discussed on the afternoon TV sports-talk shows yesterday, with ESPN's Dan Le Batard saying, "You can't do that to that fan base. Do you realize how few fans they have? Do you realize how few people go to the games? Those are expensive seats." ESPN's Bomani Jones said, "The refund line would be so long if anybody were there." Le Batard: "More often than not over the last decade, Panthers fans ... would have preferred the cardboard and the obstructed view to what they've actually been seeing" ("Highly Questionable," ESPN2, 12/11). ESPN's Tony Kornheiser: "How would you feel about paying big money for a seat right on the ice and all you can see is nothing. That's reimbursement, holmes." ESPN's Michael Wilbon: "You don’t want to be re-seated for something like. You get those seats to be close to the action." Kornheiser: "That's ridiculous" ("PTI," ESPN, 12/11). CBSSN's Jim Rome: "So your view is slightly obstructed. You can still hear, you can have your beer and there is no way that puck is getting through that plywood. It is safety first in the front row" ("Rome," CBSSN, 12/11). CBSSN's Doug Gottlieb: "That’s like something you do in college. That’s kind of ghetto. ‘What do we do with the glass? Let’s just use plywood.’ ... It’s probably leftover from hurricane season" ("Lead Off," CBSSN, 12/11). Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw: "I don't like to make fun of cities that don’t understand hockey. But you've got to take the paper off the glass before you put it up there" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 12/11).
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