Blues’ Zimmerman gets an eyeful of Kraken’s unique arena

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Jim Thomas

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Even in normal (non-COVID) times, Chris Zimmerman makes only about three or four trips with the team during the course of a regular season.

So you knew the Blues’ president and CEO of business operations wouldn’t pass up the team’s first trip to Seattle to play the expansion Kraken.

In the big picture, Zimmerman was proud to see first-hand the NHL’s 32nd franchise play at home in its inaugural season. He was curious to see the Kraken’s unique stadium — Climate Pledge Arena. And as always, he was eager to see if he could take anything back to St. Louis and Enterprise Center in terms of the game-day experience.

“This was definitely a priority for me to get up here and be here for the first Blues’ game (in Seattle),” Zimmerman said Friday. “I hope to be in Long Island for that as well. I’m definitely going to get out to the building, whether I can make that date or not, I’m not sure.”

The Blues visit the New York Islanders on March 5, at the Islanders’ new $1.1 billion home — UBS Arena.

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As for Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, Zimmerman was there Friday morning in conjunction with the Blues’ morning skate, and by 11 a.m. he’d already taken 40 pictures of different features in the place with his cell phone.

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