Aksarben Cinema opened the theaters and showed the game on three screens this evening. More than 700 people took advantage of the free offer and came out to root for the Mavericks.
This was kind of an experiment no one knew what to expect but what they got was the feel of a real game.
The crowd sounds the same; same cheers and chants and applause but there are some traditions Maverick fans have embraced over the years and at least one of those will not transfer to the Aksarben Cinema.
Mary Foster says, "We're going to miss the fish at the first goal though."
Mary Foster and her husband Lee went to UNO's first NCAA tournament game in Worcester, Mass but couldn't travel to St. Louis for this game.
They say watching the game on a screen isn't so bad; you still get a feel for the action and share both the highs and lows with everyone else.
It's a good substitute when you can't be at the game.
Lee Foster says, "It is not the same as being live it is best to be there at the game. This is going to be different but the same at the same time."
Blue Line Club President Pat Lemmers says Aksarben Cinema provides one location so Maverick hockey fans can enjoy the game without distractions and get caught up in the action on the ice.
Pat Lemmers says, "You've got true hockey fans here and the hockey fans here are here to watch the game, to listen to the commentary. This is great that the Barstows did this for the community, this is over the top in my mind."
Most fans didn't know what to expect but what they found was that they were surrounded by the same people from the Qwest Center just in more comfortable seats.