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What it takes to attend a Victoria Royals WHL game Junior Hockey News

Published: Sunday, 14 Oct 2018  
By: Clifford Hofferd

Some things to consider if you ever want to attend a Victoria Royals game at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
1. Ticket Price:
          Ticket Prices for a Victoria Royals game can range anywhere from $5 dollars to $57 dollars. This depends on where you decide to sit as the middle sections of the arena are some of the most expensive seats. There are five sections in the arena with special seats where you can pay up to $26 dollars for seats. This sections includes padded seats that are different from the rest of the seating.
          There is also a restaurant built into the arena that allows for fans to view the game from visiting team's end. They cost as much as $57 which includes the cost of eating at the buffet provided by the restaurant. If you decide to buy your tickets online the exclusive provider is who will charge you an additional $3 dollars service fee for tickets you purchase from their site.
2. Getting There: 
          The Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre is located on Blanshard Street and Caledonia Avenue just north of Downtown Victoria. It sits right next to a Victoria Police building and the Victoria Curling Club. Parking is extremely limited and not as readily available. Most fans arrive via the #70-#72 buses, #50 bus, #30-#31 buses, #4 and the #14 buses. 
          You may also want to account for the cost of riding the ferries to get to Victoria. The Washington State Ferries have a route that goes from Anacortes to Sidney British Columbia which is 20 minutes north of Victoria. Depending on the size of your vehicle, the amount of passengers and the age of said passengers you could end of paying in the range of $60 to $230 dollars for a fare. 
         BC Ferries has a major terminal located in Swartz Bay which is 5 minutes north of Sidney. Swartz Bay has ferries that link to the Tsawwassen Terminal on the mainland. Fares for BC Ferries depend on age of the passengers, size of the vehicle and if said vehicle is carrying any dangerous goods (flammable or explosive material). Depending on that you could end up paying anywhere from $26 dollars to over $60 dollars. 
         Sailings from Tsawwassen and from Swartz Bay take an average of 2 hours to complete each way. I recommend that you plan accordingly as you may need to spend money on a hotel to stay the night. The Anacortes Sidney Ferry runs once per day arriving in Sidney at 11:05 AM and leaving at 12:05 PM. Please have a valid passport, passport card or enhanced drivers license are required in order to enter Canada at the Sidney terminal. 
3. Surrounding Restaurants:
          There is a White Spot restaurant within walking distance of the arena. There is also the Lion's Den restaurant which opens at 5:30 PM on every game day (just make sure you have a game ticket). There are also dozens of restaurants that are within walking distance of the arena. Subway, Burger King, Starbucks, Johnny Rocket, the Bay Centre Mall Food Court, and many other choices.
4. The Arena:
         The Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre can seat 7,006 people for games. Attendance is strong with an average of 3,000-5,000 fans attending every game. The arena concourse can get very congested during games. The way the arena is designed the players leave the ice and must cross the concourse in order to reach their dressing room. 
5. Expectations:
        The Victoria Royals are currently one of the most competitive teams in the league. At the time I am writing this article (October 13th 2018) they are undefeated at 6-0-0. They are one of the top major junior teams in Canada and are always a competitive team. A win is a strong possibility as they currently have one of the best goaltenders in Griffen Outhouse. The team is more than likely going to compete for a championship and a good time is guaranteed.
6. Getting Home:
          Like before I encourage people to plan for a safe ride home. Please do not drink and drive as alcohol is served at Royals games. You can take any number of buses that will take you north to the ferries and west to the Westshore communities. Buses are the best option as most arrive 15 minutes apart from one another on game nights. Keep in mind that the ferries will not operate late as the last ferry leaves at 9:00PM.  
7. Conclusion:
         It may take a bit of time and effort to get there but it is more than worth it to watch a Victoria Royals game in person. You need to figure out which ferry to take and prepare accordingly. You are better off riding the bus to and from the games as parking is limited. There are tons of restaurants within walking distance and the product on the ice is great to watch. Plan your trip and plan your ride home. If you figure that out then enjoy a night of hockey courtesy of the Victoria Royals.  

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