Budweiser Events Center – Colorado Eagles

Make a day of it in Loveland, CO. Do a little shopping, walk the trail around Chapungu Sculpture Park, visit the local Loveland breweries, get a bite to eat and then head to the Budweiser Events Center to watch an exciting Eagles hockey game.

Roy L. Patrick Gymnasium – Vermont Catamounts

As a rule, college basketball isn’t the big deal in the northeast that it is in other parts of the country. That’s not entirely the case in Vermont, where the Catamounts enjoy great support at cozy and crowded Patrick Gym. Plans are in place to build a 3,200 seat, state of the art facility next door for the 2020-21 season. While Patrick Gym has seen a lot of great basketball over its 56 seasons, it’s doubtful that there will be an outpouring of nostalgia as the Catamounts wrap up their last season here.

Lloyd Noble Center – Oklahoma Sooners

Lloyd Noble Center is an 11,562-seat multi-purpose venue on the University of Oklahoma campus. The Lloyd Noble Center or LNC opened on October 27, 1975. The arena is home to both of the Sooners’ basketball programs as well as the women’s gymnastics team. These Lloyd Noble Center’s tenants have accumulated a combined eight Final Four appearances, three national championships, and 47 conference titles.

SNHU Arena – Manchester Monarchs

It’s sad to see how far support for the Monarchs has eroded in this excellent hockey market. After years of declining attendance and interest, the team is being sold for the second time in three years. The outgoing owners have stated a desire to find local ownership that will keep the team in New Hampshire, but it may be too little too late. At this point, the only thing that may be able to save the team would be an affiliation with the nearby Boston Bruins.

A Guide To Early Season College Baseball Tournaments

It is early February and still cold throughout many parts of the country; however, college baseball teams are gearing up for their season’s to begin this Friday. Here are a few of the major tournaments that will undoubtedly be making headlines in the college baseball world over the next few weeks.

TD Garden – Beanpot Tournament

TD Garden – Beanpot Tournament

Boston’s unofficial city championship is the longest running and premier college hockey tournament in the nation. Having these four schools, all located within five miles of each other, competing annually would alone make for a compelling tournament. Add in the fact that these teams are regulars in the national rankings, and you have a college hockey fan’s dream tournament. The Beanpot is a bucket list item for any serious hockey fan, whether or not you even follow college hockey.

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Portman Road – Ipswich Town

Portman Road – Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town have been a staple of the English football second tier since 2002, but a torrid season looks set to consign the Tractor Boys to League One football. Ipswich were one of the finest sides in England during the late 1970s and early 1980s, winning the FA Cup and UEFA Cup under the guidance of the legendary Bobby Robson. Manchester City announced in 2011 a sponsorship deal with Etihad Airways. The stadium was renamed to Etihad Stadium for the next 10 years. The sheiks from Abu Dhabi didn’t buy just a new name to the stadium, though. The owner of the club, Sheikh Mansour, invested his oil dollars big time to strengthen the squad. Many top players joined Manchester City in the last couple of years, which resulted in winning the team’s first Premier League title in 2012, and the first top-flight title for the team in 44 years. Now, the main task for the club is to conquer Europe and win the Champions League. Spanish giants Real Madrid are their big example, as they have won this title already 9 times.

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BB&T Center – Florida Panthers

BB&T Center – Florida Panthers

During recent seasons, the Florida Panthers were known in the news for being the team that had a franchise-low for attendance. In addition, they experienced the smallest season-opener crowd in franchise history. The few fans that showed up could carry on conversations in the upper deck that could clearly be heard in the lower bowl. However, an injection of young talent and a streamlined stadium experience has led to a growing crowd and an even better game day atmosphere. A new logo and a new feel make it a different experience than that of the past.

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Lavietes Pavilion – Harvard Crimson

Lavietes Pavilion – Harvard Crimson

As a facility, there isn’t a whole lot that separates Lavietes Pavilion from the other small-conference gyms that dot the New England college basketball landscape. What does make it stand apart from the others is the fantastic following and capacity crowds that pack Lavietes on a regular basis. Harvard’s recent run of success in the Ivy League and NCAA tournament has made Lavietes the hidden gem of the Boston sports scene.

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