The NHL or National Hockey League has been around since 1917, currently with 32 teams with 25 teams from the United States, and four from Canada. Whether you are a hockey regular, or this is your first time, going to see a live sport and cheering among thousands of other people is beyond exciting.
Even though you will be inside, an arena will be colder than other indoor places. An NHL hockey arena averages around 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, or 15 to 18 degrees Celsius. Staying comfortable and warm is key. It will also be packed inside, so avoiding oversized clothing items is also important.
To enjoy the game and blend in with the crowd, you will want to dress in practical layers to stay warm. This doesn’t mean you can’t still be stylish and show support for whatever team you are cheering on.
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You will be in a cold arena anywhere from four to five hours for an NHL game. Staying warm is essential. Start with a warm base layer and add extra sweaters and pants as needed. Bring a light jacket, hat, scarf, and mittens to keep your extremities warm as well.
Wear breathable material like cotton or quick-dry material made from polyester blends that will help keep you dry and warm.
Comfort is Key
In addition to staying warm, staying comfortable is also essential. You will be going up and down steep stairs and constantly be standing and sitting. Clothes that are looser, soft, and cozy will help keep you mobile and comfortable so you can focus on the game and not on what you are wearing.
A hockey jersey is a great way to show off your love of the game and support for the team. You can also choose a particular player’s number if you have a favorite. Choose a larger-fit jersey that you can wear over your jacket or a pair of leggings for a comfortable, cozy fit that is also fashionable.
If you don’t have a jersey, you can still show your support for your team by wearing their colors with your outer gear and any other layers underneath. You can also incorporate their colors in your accessories including, hats, jewelry, and makeup. The possibilities are endless.
If you look around the arena, you will most likely see many people wearing jeans. Jeans are a comfortable piece that most people have in their closet. They are also warmer than other pants and come in a variety of fits and styles to show off your personality.
You can also wear tights underneath for added warmth or fleeced or plaid-lined pairs to help keep your legs from shivering.
Most arenas have no problem with you bringing a blanket with you. A blanket is a versatile accessory that can be wrapped around your torso or laid over your legs for additional warmth. It can also be used as a seat cushion or backrest on your chair.
Closed Toe Shoes
Whether you choose sneakers or boots, warm, closed-toe shoes are a must to keep your feet warm in the cold arena. Make sure to wear a pair of thick, warm socks in your shoes.
You will also be doing a lot of walking, including going up and down steep concrete steps, so comfortable, supportive shoes are also recommended.
Home Team Colors
If you are unsure what team to support, or just want to go for a good time, consider wearing the home team colors. You will find many like-minded people to have fun and easy conversations with. You will also be immersed in the game's spirit and the crowd's enthusiasm.
Puffer Coat or Vest
A puffer coat or vest is a classic hockey game look. Not only will it keep you warm, but it can easily be layered over a sweater, long-sleeve, or jersey. Some puffer coats even go past your knees to give you full body warmth and a more structured look.
Matching Sweat Suit
A matching pair of sweats and a hoodie is not too casual for a hockey game. It is a great choice to stay warm, comfortable, and mobile in. Choose a set in your team's color or go for a light grey or brown that will go with anything.
There’s no rule saying you can’t wear a skirt to a hockey game. A maxi skirt is not only loose and comfortable but will help add a feminine touch to your sporty look. You can also wear a pair of pants or leggings underneath it in case you get too cold.
A plaid shirt will help add a touch of pattern and color while also being a practical piece you can layer over your other clothes. You can wear it as a sweater, shirt, or even around your waist for a more subtle plaid look.
Faux Leather Pants
If you are looking to stand out, pleather leggings or pants will add shine and drama to your look. Both look great with a jersey and work with boots or sneakers. Make sure you can still breathe and move in them before you wear them to a game.
A denim jacket is a popular choice for an NHL hockey game. It is not only warm but looks great over a jersey and a pair of pants. Go for a full denim look with jeans or have fun pairing it with a bright pair of patterned pants.
Cross Body Bag
Different arenas have different restrictions when it comes to bags. Some arenas allow a small clutch while others will allow a bigger bag. Always check in advance before you go.
A cross-body bag is a stylish, practical choice that you can wear through the game without worrying about it getting stolen.
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