Royalty Tours USA

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Royalty goes to Newark, Delaware & Reading, Pennsylvania for a basketball/hockey doubleheader!

Prince at Bob Carpenter Center - Home of Delaware Blue Hens
Saturday morning I went to Avis and I rented a Chevy Cruze for Martin Luther King weekend.

After I got the car I went home and I picked up the King in Astoria. We then went into Manhattan and we picked up our pal Vincent Ascanio who joined us for the weekend getaway.

We drove to Newark, Delaware which is between Philadelphia and Baltimore. We went to the Bob Carpenter Center, which is the home of the University of Delaware Blue Hens. They were playing a college basketball game against the Northeastern Huskies.

As for the game we saw, the Huskies dominated the Blue Hens right throughout the game. They lead at halftime, 45-33. They extended their lead to as much as 17 early in the second half. The Blue Hens made a comeback but they fell short and they lost, 74-70.

Prince at Sovereign Center - Home of Reading Royals

After the game, we got back into the car and we drove 60 miles mainly on local state roads to downtown Reading, Pennsylvania where we went to the Sovereign Center, which is the home of the Reading Royals of the ECHL.

We parked the car on the street. We were only a few blocks away from the arena. We saw an Italian restaurant called the Italian Garden across the street so we decided to go in and we had dinner. We got a large freshly made pepperoni pie and a two liter bottle of Coke for a whopping $13.78. It was a royal deal and more importantly the pizza tasted really good.

After we ate, we walked over to the box office at the arena where we were planning to buy some tickets for the game. In a matter of seconds, a guy who was standing nearby gave us three free tickets. We were in the right place at the right time. We proceeded to go inside and watch the game between the visiting Elmira Jackals and the hometown Reading Royals.

As for the game we saw, the Royals scored first to take a 1-0 lead. The Jackals answered back later in the period to tie the game at one. Late in the period, the Royals regained the lead, 2-1. In the second period, the Royals added two more goals to extend their lead to 4-1. In the third period, they scored two more to put the game away as they beat the Jackals, 6-1 in front of an announced crowd of 4,513. In years past, the Royals used to draw more people.

After the game, we drove to Lancaster, Pennsylvania where I went to see my parents who live there. Since they didn't have room for all three of us, I arranged to get the King and Vincent a room at Super 8 which was right nearby. I dropped them off there and I picked them up in the morning.

Stay tuned for the special post I'm going to do about the way we spent our Sunday.

Thank you for reading and following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

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