Overnight stays in unusual spaces are typically reserved for the 12-and-under crowd, with rolled up sleeping bags and weary-eyed chaperones. But Airbnb is offering up the chance for one die-hard Toronto sports fan and their guest to spend the night in a customized suite at the Air Canada Centre. Watch the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Montreal Canadiens, and then catch the Toronto Raptors game against the Los Angeles Clippers the next day.
On the evening of January 23rd, the winners will make their way onto the ice at the Air Canada Centre where they will be introduced to their host, Doug Gilmour — the former Toronto Maple Leafs captain and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee. From there, they’ll check into the suite, which features a “private balcony overlooking the lower bowl,” and Canadian-inspired decor.
And because true sports fans wear their pride on their shirt, Dougie will take the winners on a shopping spree for new merch. After dinner, they’ll be able to wish the boys good luck from the penalty box as they watch the Leafs warm up. Forget about box seating — platinum ice-level seats are where the action is, and the winners will be able to “personally send each player off in the Maple Leafs Tunnel” before the puck drops.
Following the Leaf’s inevitable win (fingers crossed), they’ll be invited to sit in on Head Coach Mike Babcock’s post-game press conference. The next day, after the ice has been covered up with hardwood, the contest winners will watch the Raptors gameday shoot around. They will then head to their courtside seats to watch the game, and possibly the 6 God himself, Drake.
The contest is open to legal residents of Ontario who are 18 years of age and older and live within 80 kilometers of the City of Toronto. Entrants are asked to write an essay with a maximum of 550 characters, responding to the prompt, “Why I’m the biggest Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors Fan and what it would mean to me to stay overnight at Air Canada Centre. Sports enthusiasts have until 11:59pm on December 15th, 2015 to enter.