New Era Field… ‘nee Rich Stadium has now cemented itself as one of the grande olde venues in the National Football League, especially with the soon to be demise of the Oakland Raiders. Opened in 1973, it was originally hailed as a marvel in Western New York, moving to a shiny and gleaming open air stadium in the suburbs, from a crumbling and decrepit facility in the worst part of the east side of Buffalo which is now affectionately remembered as “The Old Rockpile.”
To wrap up their first season of the Stadium Journey Podcast, the team tackles the concept of Club 123. Join Dan Colacicco, Paul Baker, Marc Viquez and Dave Cottenie as they welcome special guest, Andrew Kulyk as he shares his experiences with the Ultimate Sports Road Trip and Club 123.
Opened in 1969, this 25,000 seat plus venue is primarily the home for the Kent State Golden Flashes of the Mid American Conference, and anyone familiar with MAC football instantly sees that this is the prototypical stadium that one sees in the conference – fixed bleacher seating, press box tower on one side, open end zones.
Hockey is doing just fine in Toledo. For a community that once was named as having the game’s ugliest jerseys (Toledo Storm), their graduation from a dusty yet classic old school hockey rink to a gleaming downtown destination is a true success story. Toledo and their Walleye are a must see visit for the hockey road trip enthusiast.
In a league which runs the gamut of arenas from little more than an oversized community rink to the opulence of Edmonton’s Rogers Place, Saskatoon has itself a venue which has weathered well in its 30 years of existence, and has a “big league” feel even as a host for a junior team. The addition of indoor lacrosse has bolstered the building’s standing, even though the NLL is for the most part a shambles with its shifting franchises and lack of national sports legitimacy. No matter, fans pack the place. All in all, a visit to the Sasktel Centre is a must do when visiting the region.
The arena for the Western Hockey League Brandon Wheat Kings is called the Westman Communications Group Place, a mouthful of a corporate name, which is a 6,042 seat arena built as part of a larger convention/exhibition complex called the Keystone Centre. It was built in 1972 and has undergone numerous renovations.