Why Avalanche fans sing Blink-182’s ‘All the Small Things’ during every home game at Ball Arena

It really is “All the Small Things” that make life a little bit happier. Colorado Avalanche fans bring extra joy to home games as the iconic Blink 182 song blasts through the Ball Arena speakers as thousands sing the tune in unison.

“What a song, isn’t it?” Avalanche DJ Craig Turney to NHL.com. “You don’t even have to like rock, this song is just one of those universal feel-good tunes that you can just sing along to.”

Turney’s statement hits the nail on the head. All the Small Things was released in 1999 but is still quite popular 23 years later. The Avalanche fandom seem to know the words by heart and sing the lyrics even when the audio cuts out. The song is usually played during a break in the third period.

Even Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus is impressed by his song’s fan cover. Described the ritual as “amazing”.

The tradition got rolling in the 2019/20 season when Turney, aka DJ Triple T, heard the song on the radio and decided to use it to wow Avs fans at home games. The audience reacted strongly when he first played it, leading to the funny moment becoming more than a one-off event.

“They just loved it,” Turney said. “It was organic. It wasn’t staged. Everyone was hooked and it was like, ‘Wow, OK, I think we’re really on to something here.'”

The Avs aren’t the only sports teams with a signature song. This season, the NBA’s Miami Heat has chosen Farruko’s “Pepas”. In the MLB world, the New York Yankees have long played the Frank Sinatra classic “New York, New York.”

After Colorado’s new tradition got underway, an unexpected global event nearly derailed its momentum. When the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic rocked the United States, all normalcy went out the window – including the world of sports. To end their season, the NHL established a bubble that allowed teams in Toronto and Edmonton to play, but no fans were allowed to attend the games. Turney felt it was important to keep the tradition alive despite the fans’ absence, so he made sure the Avs heard their anthem in Edmonton as well.

“When I sent our playlist of songs to the DJ in the Bubble, I gave specific instructions on how and when the song should be played,” Turney said. “And they did! That was great and I think that’s one of the reasons it became such a special tradition because it has the ability to make you feel like you’re in the game and cheering on the Avs even when you’re not .”

The song remains a fan favorite to this day, as evidenced by the volume they sang Monday night as the Avalanche clinched a 4-3 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals.

The atmosphere in the ball arena is undeniably electric and probably gave the Avalanche an extra boost of energy. Colorado struggled to maintain a healthy roster in the 2021-22 season, but that didn’t stop the team from setting a new franchise record of 56 wins and 119 points in the regular season.

The Avs went unbeaten in 18 consecutive home games from November 3, 2021 to January 30, 2022, making it the fifth-longest winning streak on the ice in NHL history. In the final 36 games of the regular season, the Avs posted an impressive 30-3-3 record at the Ball Arena.

Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final is set for Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET. This will be another home game for the Avalanche, so more Blink-182 is in the forecast.

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