Fans jam into the Redondo Beach Cafe to watch Canada’s 3-2 overtime win over U.S. in the Feb. 28, 2010 gold medal game at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
With either the U.S. or Canada men’s hockey team poised to advance to 2014 Winter Olympics gold-medal game on Sunday morning — they meet in Friday morning’s 9 a.m. semifinal to determine that — the Redondo Beach Cafe is braced for a patriotic wave of fans who want to see it either way in a loud, communal setting.
The nationally-known, hockey-crazy restaurant owned by Montreal natives Chris and Kosta Tsangaris, which became a hub of activity during the Kings’ 2012 Stanley Cup summer run, has started selling $20 admission tickets to its Sunday 4 a.m. viewing party.
Tickets are limited to the first 100 buyers — and the event will only take place if all 100 tickets are sold. No walk-up tickets are offered.
The open-seating ticket purchase includes Tim Horton’s coffee, bottled water and cold snacks. And no alcohol.
Tickets have to be purchased before Friday night’s 10:30 p.m. closing. If the event does not take place, tickets can be used as a gift certificate at the restaurant or the money will be reimbursed. The restaurant says it will notify customers about the event via Facebook and Twitter.
Doors will open at 3:30 a.m. and close after 4:30 a.m.
NBC-Channel 4 will show the gold medal game live Sunday morning. No. 4-seeded Finland plays top-seeded Sweden in one semifinal Friday, with the winner going to the gold-medal game against either the U.S. or Canada IFriday, 9 a.m.).
The cafe will be open as well for those who watch a group watch that U.S.-Canada men’s game — Drew Doughty vs. Jonathan Quick, perhaps – as well as the women’s hockey gold medal game — U.S. vs. Canada, Thursday at 9 a.m. — and the men’s hockey bronze-medal game (Saturday, 7 a.m.)