Long-term deals: Best sports-related places to get engaged in Buffalo
blog by Ben Kirst • March 11, 2013 @ 12:17pm
Congratulations to Kevin Fleck and Megan Paluch, a Western New York couple who were engaged at center ice in the First Niagara Center on Sunday. And a special shout-out to Kevin, who a.) had the foresight to recognize the opportunity when it presented itself (the couple were two of 600 people skating at the home of the Buffalo Sabres as part of an annual Blue Cross Blue Shield event) and b.) managed to actually pull the thing off. Know where I proposed to my wife? In the alleyway between Elmwood Avenue and the parking lot off of Utica Street. ROMANTIC. According to BuffaloNews.com, the whole process was fairly elaborate:
The couple were wearing Sabres jerseys when they arrived for the noontime skating session Sunday, and at about 12:30 p.m., the music changed to “You and Me” by the Dave Matthews Band. That was Fleck’s cue.
Then an announcement was made: “Will Megan Paluch please come to center ice?”
While about 150 others continued skating, Paluch skated toward the blue and gold Sabres logo, with Fleck not far behind.
Paluch said, “Yes.”
A group of young skaters then approached Paluch, each handing her a single red rose that made up a bouquet.
I would have freaked out and told my wife about the entire plan on the way to the arena. There’s no way I keep a secret like that.
As far as sports-related proposals go, that’s pretty good—bonus points for not doing it during the game, which can be awkward for everyone. I’m at the arena to see John Scott pummel grown men, not to watch you and your new fiance make out for two hours. Or, worse, to have to watch you awkwardly slink away like nothing happened when your girlfriend turns you down cold on the big board in from of 19,000 fans.
Here’s the thing, though—you can’t steal this guy’s idea now. Kevin beat you to it. if you still want a sports theme, you’re going to need to think outside the box. Here, in no particular order, are five more romantic sports-related places to get engaged in Western New York:
1.) Parkside Candy. Ah, a curveball already! Parkside Candy (3208 Main St., Buffalo) has delightful old-school appeal, amazing hot fudge sundaes and was featured in The Natural. Throwing a little Hollywood and some civic pride in there, too? Nice move, Romeo.
2.) Buffalo Bills training camp at St. John Fisher. Let’s face it—there’s not a lot of romance at an actual Bills game. Stumbling drunks, the wafting scent of burning plastic and a steady decade of losing help make The Ralph a zone free of any soft sentimentality. Do you really want Billy Buffalo riding his three-wheeler in circles around you if you manage to propose at mid-field? How will your fiance feel if you can’t keep your eyes off the Jills? Horrible idea. Go to training camp instead, where it’s warm, calm and full of relaxed yet hardcore fans. Plus, there will be more Bills to celebrate with you before they all get cut.
3.) The finish line at the Buffalo Marathon. You’ve just done one of the hardest thing two people can do together—now, do the hardest. Love means never having to say you’re sorry when you “have an accident” during the twenty-third mile.
4.) The top of Snow Park Niagara Falls. Think about it—it’s mid-summer. You’re about to shred your way down a massive, all-weather outdoor snowboarding course in the heart of Niagara Falls. The two of you are standing there, adrenaline pumping, looking out over the city—no, turn the other way, look towards the Falls (always on the Falls!)—and boom, out comes the ring. It’s every girl’s dream!
5.) Center court at Canisius’ Koessler Athletic Center. Only if your name is Katie Costello.