The 2018-19 Stanley Cup Playoffs have already been one of the more memorable ones in recent memory, and we’re not even done with the first round. In the spirit of the playoffs, Stadium Journey presents our rankings of all 32 National Hockey League arenas (we included both New York Islander home venues). Just like the playoffs, these rankings include a great many surprises. This list is sure to promote a great deal of debate, pride and outrage among sports’ most passionate fans.
Starting in 2001, the Pioneers played their home games at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in neighboring Bridgeport. The ballpark, which also served as home to the Atlantic League’s Bridgeport Bluefish, was closed in 2017 to be converted to an outdoor concert venue. Sacred Heart was forced to split their 2018 home schedule among several area ballparks. For 2019 the school found a home closer to campus at neighboring Veteran’s Memorial Park, right across the street from the Sacred Heart campus.
It’s been a rough week for some of the smaller leagues in the sports world. On Sunday the Canadian Women’s Hockey League folded. Yesterday, the Major Lacrosse League announced it was contracting three teams. Today, the carnage continued, as the Alliance of American Football suspended operations.
Even though the calendar says today is April Fools’ Day, Major League Lacrosse wasn’t kidding around, as it announced that three of the league’s nine teams are folding.
In a press release made earlier this morning, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) has made the decision to discontinue operations effective May 1, 2019. In the words of the release, “while the on-ice hockey is exceptional, the business model has proven to be economically unsustainable.”