Jersey Shore comes to Championship Plaza
A natural disaster brought New Jersey together last October. Proving that New Jersey is in fact an amazing state, Stronger than the Storm (STTS), showed just how resilient NJ by proving what people from the Garden State already knew. We would rebuild and rebound from Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. STTS recently hosted a Jersey Shore Fan Fest at Prudential Center’s Championship Plaza in Newark prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.
Roulette stands, carnival games, a ferris wheel, typical Shore food and an amazing sandcastle transformed the brick plaza into Jersey Shore. Sand was even brought in to provide the authentic beach feel.
STTS hosted a once in a lifetime event but it needed the great people of New Jersey and the surrounding states to contribute. Over 150 volunteers were what powered the NHL Draft Fan Fest and helped make the event a success.
We had a chance to talk with some of the voluenteers that make downtown Newark feel like a day at the Jersey Shore.
Anthony, of Kearny a Devils fan and ticket holder since 1982, was drawn to the support STTS after his mother’s house in Point Pleasant suffered damage.
While Stephen from Pawling said: “It was a rewarding way to get Draft tickets.” He refereed a street hockey game in conjunction with fan fest.
Though most fans reigned from New Jersey, there were some out-of-staters too. Jeff, from Ambler, PA, was excited to volunteer so that he and his son, both hockey players, could come to the event together.
“I was glad to help out,” he said.
Another volunteer came from Philly simply because he said he saw a tweet and couldn’t pass up the chance.
Tammie from Queens, NY was just as determined.
“The Devils are my life, so I found my way to Fan Fest,” she said.
She has friends and family with houses in Toms River, which were affected by Hurricane Sandy.
“Fan Fest was pretty cool, and more well attended than I expected. The presence of Stronger Than The Storm was nice, as was the beach theme,” she added.
The rain held out until the end helped to make the Jersey Shore in Newark a success.
“We wanted people to know that the shore is open, and to bring the Jersey shore throwback boardwalk experience so that fans can see what the shore has to offer,” said a representative from STTS.