December 22 my sister-in-law and her husband took my wife and me to a Red Wings game.  They had won good seats (corner, lower bowl), VIP parking and Olympia Club access passes.

The game itself was pretty exciting.  The Wings and the Canucks had the most points in the Western Conference going into the game.  The Red Wings won 5-4.  The game was close all the way 1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 3-3, 3-4, 4-4, 5-4.  The Wings Zetterberg scored the winning goal at 2:59.  Datsyuk broke his wrist in this game.

View from 126 Row 17 Seat 1
View from 126 Row 17 Seat 1

The Olympia Club consists of one large room with a second smaller room attached.  The decor and feel is as you can get in what is essentially the basement of the arena.  (You enter on the first ground level instead of using the steps to enter at People Mover level.)  The entrance is directly across the street from VIP parking which is excelletd for a sport played largely in the winter months.

The buffet was outside the entrance to the club to allow better access for servers and more tables.  The food was not as good as you might expect for a $30 buffet  (expect $45 with a drink and service charges).  The carving station was a highlight although, strangely, the cut of meat changed from rib to brisket during dinner.  The dessert selection was good although much of the variety came from different kinds of cake.  The fish and chicken were flavored well, but the trays we took from had dry meat for both.  I liked the mushroom risotto, but others in the group only rated it as so so.  They had a cheese steak station that I didn’t try.  I heard that it was good if perhaps a little light on cheese.

It was fun to try the Olympia Club and I’d recommend you go once.  I probably wouldn’t go regularly given that the value doesn’t seem to justify the cost.

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