By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget

If you live in the Toledo, Ohio, area, the chances are pretty good that you’ve been to a Toledo Mud Hens game. My husband and I go to at least once almost every year.

The other minor league professional sport that calls Toledo home is the Toledo Walleye hockey team.

It’s been about 10 years since we had been to a hockey game. The team was then known as Toledo Storm, they played in their former arena, and Bobb Vergiels, who has since retired from the team’s staff, called the game.

We went on Saturday because The Monroe News arranged an employee outing to the Feb. 15 hockey match against the Cincinnati Cyclones.

After we arrived, I noticed a lot of families with kids in the audience – and not just because it was Boy Scout night. Parents and grandparents in the Toledo area have obviously put the Walleye on their “to do” list.

And no wonder: it’s a budget-friendly night out.

Ticket prices range by seat location, but to give you an example, $15 tickets are still available for the Feb. 21 home game.

We paid $7 for a spot in the parking garage across from SeaGate Center.

I found a terrific hoodie sweatshirt for $35. That’s right! Just $35! Here’s my selfie with a “game face” and my new shirt.

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I realize this purchase wasn’t mandatory, and my husband’s Detroit Red Wings attire was quite acceptable. But I have no hockey fan attire and some of my Toledo friends have been buzzing about a Walleye outing in the future. A shirt purchase made sense. I also thought this was a terrific price when I’ve seen similar sweatshirts for other sports in the $50 range.

Our concession dinner was a very reasonable total $23.50 for two sodas (the large with souvenir cup was $4.50), two burgers, one basket of fries that we shared and one coleslaw.

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The score: Toledo lost, 5-2.

 

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