PRAGUE -- The arena started filling up around 6 p.m. local time, which is about when I started to make my way up to the press box, otherwise known as the press tribune here.
To say I never have watched a game from this perspective as a media member would be an understatement. For visual evidence, check this out (link to http://yfrog.com/h3tlqcgqj).
We are up top in the arena, which isn't too high considering it's about half the size of an NHL rink, and in the corner. It's actually not a bad view of the ice because I can see the full sheet with no obstruction. However, I can't see the scoreboard, so that should make tweeting and blogging interesting as the game goes on.
My laptop is situated on what looks like the top of a music stand that has been screwed onto the bars in front of the seats, which, by the way, are benches that fold up when you're not seated. If I tried to sit down, I would be too low to type, so I'll be standing for the entire game.
It's 6:30 here now and Marty Biron just led the Rangers onto the ice. There was a decent applause for them. The Rangers are wearing their home blues.
Sparta Prague, wearing their whites with the signature S on the chest, just came on the ice. The cheer was louder for them, and that's the way it should be considering this is their barn and these are their fans.
As the building continues to fill up, the teams are going through their warm-ups and I'm waiting for Rangers website writer Jim Cerny to get me a roster sheet. Hey, he said he would.
Well, since he probably won't, I'll have to make my way down to the press room, which is actually in the gymnasium here (you can't make this stuff up, folks) and grab the roster sheet for myself.
Replays will be hard to see, but I am looking forward to puck drop. I'll have updates after the first period and again after the second period. I'll also be live tweeting, so follow along because this game is not on TV.
I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.
— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final