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Whether you are a die-hard Jets fan or just visiting Winnipeg, watching a Jets hockey game in Manitoba is a must. For those of you who don’t know the story, the Jets joined the National Hockey League (NHL) in 1979, were sold in 1996 and brought home in 2011. Let me tell you… Manitobans are happy to have them back. Here are some of the best ways to watch the Jets play hockey in the ‘Peg’…
– Watch the video of Winnipeg Jets rookie Patrik Laine score a hat trick against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2016-17 season.
Watching the game live at the MTS Centre right downtown is the ultimate way to experience Jets fever. Here is everything you need to know to get yourself to a game:
When the Jets play: The season runs from October – April. View the full schedule here.
What to wear: Put on your best blue and white Jets gear. During playoffs, join in on ‘the whiteout’ by wearing head-to-toe white.
What you will hear: During the singing of O Canada, expect the entire arena to sing along (okay, it’s more of a shout) to the words “true North.” This is an appreciative nod to True North Sports and Entertainment, the local business responsible for bringing the team back to the city. Also, Winnipeg hockey fans are notoriously noisy, so expect a lot of white noise at the MTS Centre, dubbed the loudest arena in the NHL.
What to eat: A Jumbo Jet Dog isn’t your typical foot-long hotdog. Hungry fans load up the dog with all sorts of toppings (read: chilli, nacho cheese, onions), but make like a true Manitoban and add perogie pieces. Reviews are mixed—but where else do these two comfort foods collide but in Winnipeg?
If you can’t get tickets, don’t sweat it. Watching the game from a local pub is just as fun and is a great way to mix with the locals. Throw on your best blue and white attire and head to any of these pubs/restaurants to watch the Jets:
Where: 120 King Street
What: Watch the Jets play hockey on a 100-inch screen while eating delicious English fare with an Indian twist and deciding which one of their 27 beers on tap you are going to have next. Talk about a match made in heaven.
Where: 175 Carlton Street
What: The three large flat screens and a large pull-down projector make this pub a must for watching the game. And, while you’re at it, why not try the burger and draft beer special designed specifically for Jets home games.
Where: 386 Donald Street
What: This pub opens early so you can beat the rush and eat yummy items like perogy pizza and beef & Guinness stew.
Where: 274 Garry Street
What: The Pint is the place to go for good times and good food. The atmosphere is amazing and perfect for watching any Jets match.
Where: 191 Main Street
What: Not only do they have one large projector screen and 7 large flat screen TVs, they also have nightly drink and food specials that will keep you happy while screaming at the TV.
Where: 314 Donald St
What: Yummy Latin and Asian-inspired street food and globally influenced cocktails. Order anyone of their wings and you won’t be disappointed!
Have a favourite place to eat and drink while watching the Jets? Let us know in the comments below…