This week’s podcast looks at the differences between field and box lacrosse and Calgary’s bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games.
At almost a half billion dollars, the new downtown arena has spared no expense in making sure every trip to the building is an event, over and above whatever sport or concert you’ve come to watch. A detailed consultation process was conducted with the fans during the design phase and, as a result, the facility has many design features that reflect the experience the fans wanted to have. Its modern design matches well with the new generation of exciting hockey players now coming through the Oilers system and should be a treat to visit for years to come.
The Capital One Arena was previously known as the Verizon Center and was originally known as the MCI Center when it opened in 1997. It is located in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, DC, and sits atop the Gallery Place Station of the Washington Metro subway system. Although Monumental Sports & Entertainment owns the arena, the land is leased from the city of Washington, DC.
Philadelphia is a sport’s fans mecca with every possible franchise at the professional level and more than 20 area colleges offering athletic programs. One of the busiest sports venues throughout the year is the Wells Fargo Center. Opening in 1996, the arena plays host to the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL, the Philadelphia 76er’s of the NBA, the Philadelphia Wings of Major League Indoor Lacrosse and selected basketball games of the Villanova University Wildcats. Wells Fargo Center has a seating capacity of 19,600 for hockey and 21,000 for basketball. The facility offers 126 suites and 1,880 club box seats.
The Saddledome has hosted some fantastic moments over the years. Whether it was seeing the Flames pull off the dramatic overtime win against the Vancouver Canucks in Game Seven of the first round of the 1989 playoffs or the run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2004, thousands of fans have had amazing experiences in this location. Although the Flames aren’t quite the dynasty they used to be in the late 80s and early 90s, going to the Saddledome to take in a Flames game is still always a good time.
The question these days is whether or not the ‘Dome’s days are numbered…
Overshadowed by the history of its predecessor on Causeway Street and the flash of new venues across the league, TD Garden has a reputation as a middle of the pack facility. With a combination of a fantastic location, great team on the ice and ever-improving gameday experience, the TD Garden is certainly an underrated rink.