College Hockey Arena Rankings

by | Apr 14, 2014 | NCAA Hockey, Paul Baker | 0 comments

2014 NCAA Hockey Arena Rankings

While college hockey may take a backseat in the headlines to football and basketball, no other sport can compare to the passion and dedication of its fans. Stadium Journey is very proud to present our rankings of the arena experience for 57 of the 59 teams that compete in Division I. Unfortunately, Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Nebraska at Omaha are missing from our ranking. It is our mission to include these schools in our next edition.

Our reviews are based on several categories including: food & beverage in the arena, the overall atmosphere, the neighborhood in which the arena resides, the fans, the access (including traffic, parking, restrooms, and ability to move around in the arena), overall return on investment, and a catchall category for any extras. We use the rating of our correspondent as our primary ranking, with the crowd reviews of our members as the secondary factor. In cases where there is still a tie, we have an internal discussion to determine which arena experience might be slightly better. To read any of the full reviews, just click on the name or picture for each arena.

As with all lists of this nature, there will be debate and disagreement. Frankly, that’s why we love these lists. We welcome your feedback in the comments section, and encourage you to rate the arenas where you have attended a game. Without further ado, we present our rankings for the best overall arena experience in college hockey…

  1. Amsoil Arena – Home of the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs

    Hockey is woven throughout the fabric of Duluth’s history. The people of Duluth know hockey, and that shows when they come out to support the hometown Bulldogs. As UMD’s only division I sport, hockey plays an integral part for both the university and the community of Duluth. With a recent history of success, including winning the school’s first ever Men’s NCAA National Championship back in 2011, there has been a great deal of buzz surrounding the UMD hockey program.

  2. Compton Family Ice Arena – Home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish

    The students are loud and proud without being irreverent. They belt out the Notre Dame Fight Song loud enough to shatter the Plexiglass that separates them from the players, chant “You let the whole team down” at the goaltender when he lets in a goal and put their hands over each other’s shoulders while singing the Alma Mater after the game. The players offer a gesture of gratitude for their presence at the game by raising their sticks in the air while at center ice and then racing toward the glass by the student section.

  3. Mariucci Arena – Home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers

    Minnesota is known as the State of Hockey, and seeing a game anywhere in the state quickly shows fans why Mariucci Arena, home to the Minnesota Golden Gopher men’s hockey team, has been a mecca for hockey fans ever since its opening in 1993. Located between downtown Minneapolis and the outer edges of St. Paul, it is easy to get to from either of the twin cities and suburbs. This 10,000-seat arena is always full, and rocking for their beloved Gophers.

  4. Kohl Center – Home of the Wisconsin Badgers

    The six-time NCAA Champion Wisconsin Badgers occupy the Kohl Center, a massive venue by college hockey standards, seating a capacity of 15,325. The arena opened in 1998 and is the home of the Wisconsin Badgers men’s and women’s basketball and hockey teams. Wisconsin fans love their Badgers, and it begins with the very strong student section. Standing throughout the game, the students don their red and white and cheer on their team.

  5. World Arena – Home of the Colorado College Tigers

    The Colorado College Men’s Hockey team (Tigers) played their first game in 1938 at the Broadmoor Ice Palace (later called the Broadmoor World Arena). In 1951, Colorado College became one of the original members of the Mid-West Collegiate Hockey League, now known as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association – WCHA, an NCAA Division 1 conference. In 1998, the Tigers moved into the brand new World Arena in Colorado Springs, CO.

  6. Cheel Arena – Home of the Clarkson Golden Knights

    A good pep band can absolutely make or break a college hockey arena’s overall atmosphere. Not only because the pep band provides the soundtrack for the game, but also because they are often the hardest core fans of the student section. When you combine a good student section with a good pep band, then you’re in for a treat. When that younger crowd is joined by ardent hockey fans of all ages in the rest of the arena, then you’re in for something special. All that’s good with college hockey is true at Cheel Arena. You will be swept up by the passion and pride of the Golden Knight fans.

  7. Ingalls Rink – Home of the Yale Bulldogs

    Stepping into Ingalls Rink is an experience unlike any other in college hockey. The rink is dominated by the unique and spectacular architecture of the arena, but the level of hockey can more than hold its own. Yale has recently been consistently ranked among the elite of college hockey, boasting several tournament appearances and a national championship in recent years. Ingalls Rink is almost always filled to capacity, and the crowd is as boisterous for a game in December as it is in tournament time in March. Any hockey fan who enjoys travelling the country visiting different facilities should put Ingalls Rink near the top of their to-do list.

  8. Ralph Engelstad Arena – Home of the North Dakota Hockey

    The atmosphere is like no other. Upon entering the main doors, fans will set foot on granite flooring that encompasses the entirety of the concourse area. Although the team can no longer be called the “Fighting Sioux”, North Dakota’s old nickname is evident throughout the hundreds of logos still weaved into the building itself.

  9. Tsongas Center – Home of the UMass Lowell River Hawks

    After striking out on two occasions as a home for minor league hockey teams, hockey is thriving in Lowell. Recent renovations to the Tsongas Center have turned the formerly sleepy little arena into a top notch facility that can compete with any other in New England. Hockey fans interested in touring various arenas in the area should make it a point to include the Tsongas Center on their itinerary.

  10. John J. MacInnes Student Ice Arena – Home of the Michigan Tech Huskies

    The student section at Michigan Tech is one of the best that you will find in the NCAA. They take up almost an entire side of the arena, and they stand and cheer and chant and dance for the entire game. They wave flags, and just generally wreak havoc. You could sit and watch this crew the entire game and get your money’s worth.

  11. Mullins Center – Home of the UMass Minutemen

    At the Mullins Center, the game is the thing. There are some promotions during play stoppages, some t-shirts tossed into the stands, and some entertainment provided in between periods. What is refreshing here is that you can talk to the people around you without having to shout because the music is being played too loudly. The video boards on each end of the rink actually play some game highlights, not just commercials for the latest sponsor. And the Minutemen mascot actually skates! The UMass student body pitches in with derogatory chants directed towards the visiting team. It all comes together to make the atmosphere a pleasant one in Amherst.

  12. Harry W. Lawson Ice Arena – Home of the Western Michigan Broncos

    In the case of NCAA Hockey, the greatest experiences are in those small, classic, character-filled arenas. Western Michigan definitely has one of these. Lawson Arena is a classic NCAA arena. With a small capacity of fewer than 4,000, Lawson Arena is an experience unlike your typical NHL or minor league game. Since 1974, the Western Michigan Broncos have been providing this unique hockey experience for students, alumni, and residents of Kalamazoo.

  13. Verizon Wireless Center – Home of the Minnesota State Mavericks

    As the only Division I sport representing Minnesota State University, the men’s hockey team goes to battle in downtown Mankato’s Verizon Wireless Center. And while the Verizon Wireless Center may not be the biggest or the most luxurious arena in college hockey, it’s been the proud home of Maverick hockey since its construction in 1995, and has developed its own attitude and charm suited for even the most diehard hockey fans.

  14. Agganis Arena – Home of the Boston University Terriers

    Hockey has unquestionably been king at Boston University for decades, and the school eliminating its football program after the 1997 season served only to further cement this status. Consequently, all of the fan spirit and energy that might be channeled into football, basketball, or even baseball elsewhere is almost exclusively directed towards the hockey team. Broadly, Terriers fans are extremely knowledgeable, passionate, and generally exhibit the kind of behavior one would expect from a dedicated bunch.

  15. High Point Solutions Arena at TD Bank Sports Center – Home of the Quinnipiac Bobcats

    The atmosphere at Quinnipiac University is like no other facility in Division I sports. Many people praise the facility for its uniqueness and state of the art characteristics. In 2012, former Boston Globe writer Bob Ryan said, “It has got a very good reputation and frankly it’s the best facility I’ve seen in New England.” The facility is beautiful and sits on top of York Hill providing an amazing view of New Haven and putting Quinnipiac at the top of Connecticut sports.

  16. Matthews Arena – Home of the Northeastern Huskies

    Matthews Arena, home of Northeastern Huskies men’s and women’s hockey, along with men’s basketball, is an under-appreciated gem in the history-laden world of Boston sports. Opened in 1910 as simply “The Arena”, and later commonly known as the Boston Arena, the building houses the oldest indoor ice rink still in use in the world. Both the Boston Bruins and the New England (later Hartford) Whalers played their first home games here, while the Boston Celtics used the arena as their secondary home from 1946-1955.

  17. Sanford Center – Home of the Bemidji State Beavers

    Everything at Bemidji State is pleasantly understated. The stadium has a massive jumbotron with four screens, but even the introduction and player profile videos are done in a manner that is not flashy. Before the game, the crowd is treated to a montage of highlight plays from the season that appears to be Instagrammed with a green tint. When each player is introduced they are shown standing alone in front of their locker. There is nothing inside or outside of the arena that is incredibly overwhelming, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

  18. Yost Ice Arena – Home of the Michigan Wolverines

    College hockey is a great way to experience the sport, and Yost Ice Arena is one of the better venues in the game. There are a growing number of college hockey fans out there. If you are one of them, then Yost Ice Arena should be on your must visit list. If you are new to college hockey, then this may be a great venue to receive your indoctrination to the game.

  19. Goggin Ice Center – Home of the Miami (OH) RedHawks

    Hidden in a rural part of southwestern Ohio sits one of the jewels of college hockey. Steve Cady Arena (named after the program’s first coach), part of the Goggin Ice Center, has helped to signify the maturation of a hockey program that, though it has existed since 1978, managed only 3 NCAA tournament visits before the opening of their new facility in 2006. Since then, Miami has turned into a powerhouse. Not just a hockey arena, the home of “the brotherhood” is an important piece of this college community.

  20. BGSU Ice Arena – Home of the Bowling Green Falcons

    If the movie Slapshot was about college hockey, it would have been filmed here. The place just feels like old-time hockey. The well-worn walls and bleachers recall a time in the sport before wearing helmets was the norm, or the advent of glowing pucks and cable TV contracts. There’s no video board, just two basic scoreboards at each end. It even smells like hockey.

  21. Thompson Arena – Home of the Dartmouth Big Green

    When you factor in the building’s unique layout, the passionate fans and the easy accessibility, there is no doubt that Thompson Arena is one of the Northeast’s top college hockey venues. The arena may be approaching its 40th birthday, but it is quite capable of serving as the home of Big Green hockey for the foreseeable future. The only thing Dartmouth hockey fans want is for a consistently winning team, and if the men’s program continues its current trajectory, even that may no longer be a problem.

  22. Ewigleben Arena – Home of the Ferris State Bulldogs

    The doors open 60 minutes before the game begins. Fifty-five minutes before the game, the student section is already half full. You know it’s going to be a great atmosphere when the students are that anxious to get into the game. I would guess that the students take up 1/3 of the seating area, and they are standing throughout and do a good job of leading the energy in the arena. The student section is known as the Dawg Pound, and they are engaged throughout the contest. There is also a pep band that sits near the students, helping to add to that collegiate atmosphere.

  23. Tate Rink – Home of the Army Black Knights

    Since Tate Rink is located on the West Point campus, you will not find a more impressive campus to go visit. Between all of the statues of famous American leaders that graduated from West Point, and the historical significance of what happened at this location in U.S. history, the neighborhood warrants the highest possible rating.

  24. Berry Events Center – Home of the Northern Michigan Wildcats

    Although hockey has only been a varsity sport since 1976 at Northern Michigan University, the fact that the program has a National Championship (1991) to its credit gives the team a more historic sense of credibility. To add to that, you’ll find back-to-back Frozen Four appearances commemorated on a banner for 1980-1981. More importantly, the Berry Events Center is a great venue to see college hockey.

  25. Munn Ice Arena – Home of the Michigan State Spartans

    Michigan State is one of the elite hockey programs in the NCAA. If you are making an adventure to see college hockey, then MSU should be part of that adventure. What makes the Spartan experience amazing, is that they make the most out of an outdated facility, and at no point do you ever figure out that you are missing out on something. Sparty makes everything seem right.

  26. Whittemore Center – Home of the New Hampshire Wildcats

    The Whittemore Center, which seats 6,501, is a very intimate venue where no matter where you sit you will have a nice view of the ice and feel very close to the game. The best place to sit is in the sections behind the visitor bench and in front of the press boxes. These seats are chairback seats, as well as give the spectator a view of the right-side-up Wildcat logo in the middle of the ice. There are chairback seats on the other side of the rink as well, and bench-style seats on the two ends of the ice. The seats are standard plastic seats. They are just as spacious and comfortable as you would find at most hockey arenas.

  27. Gutterson Fieldhouse – Home of the Vermont Catamounts

    Those looking for an optimal collegiate hockey atmosphere will undoubtedly be pleased when attending a game at the Gutterson Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Vermont. If you’re lucky enough to secure a ticket, the venue is packed with highly knowledgeable (and boisterous) hockey fans who are attending the (traditionally) marquee sporting event in the state. The more competitive the Catamounts are, the more the students occupy one end of the arena, heckling the opposing team and the officials for three periods before a night (or after an afternoon) out on the town.

  28. Frank L Messa Rink – Home of the Union College Dutchmen

    The 2014 NCAA Champion Dutchmen call Frank L. Messa Rink at Achilles Center their home. The arena opened in 1975, and has a capacity of 2,225. The arena has seen its fair share of history, with the longest game in NCAA history being played here in 2010, as the Dutchmen took on Quinnipiac, falling 3-2 in five overtimes. Ironically, the 2nd longest game was also played here, with Union again losing 3-2 in five overtimes, this time in the ECAC playoffs to Yale. The arena has the feeling of a real old school barn, making for a great fan experience.

  29. National Hockey and Event Center – Home of the St Cloud State Huskies

    Known as the Dog Pound, the St. Cloud State student section is one of the loudest in college hockey. During the visiting player introductions, they chant “Sieve! Sieve! Sieve! Who is he? He’s a sieve!” while tomahawk chopping at the opposing netminder. At various points during the game you will hear the students howl “Hus-ky Na-tion.” During a power play while the team is passing the puck back and forth, they will impatiently chant “Shots! Shots! Shots! Everybody! Shots! Shots! Shots!”-parroting LFMAO’s hit song.

  30. Taffy Abel Ice Arena – Home of the Lake Superior State Lakers

    Lake Superior State University, located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, has an enrollment of about 3,000 students. They are one of the smaller schools in Division I hockey, and in 1988, they did the impossible. That Lakers team, led by the goaltending of Bruce Hoffort, became the smallest school to win the NCAA hockey championship. Even more remarkably, the school was able to win championships again in 1992 and 1994.

  31. Pegula Ice Arena – Home of the Penn State Nittany Lions

    Pegula Arena in State College, Pennsylvania opened just in time for the start of the 2013-2014 Penn State ice hockey season. The arena was paid for by a $100 million donation from Penn State Alum and natural gas billionaire Terry Pegula and his wife Kim. This enabled the Penn State Men’s and Women’s team to move from Club Hockey to NCAA and into the newly formed Big Ten hockey conference.

  32. Harold Alfond Arena – Home of the Maine Black Bears

    The Maine Black Bears have been the sole tenant of the Harold Alfond Arena since its opening. With its unique pointed roof style mimicking the Maine campus architecture, and its close overhanging balcony sections that put the students almost right over the ice, Alfond Arena stands as one of the most feared places to play in Hockey East. Hockey stars such as Paul Kariya, Steve Kariya and Scott Pellerin have all at one point called Alfond Arena and the town of Orono, Maine home.

  33. Carlson Center – Home of the Alaska Nanooks

    The Nanooks are the Pride of Fairbanks. The team has a long standing history, and the Carlson Center has captivated fans with an abundance of memories and miracles. There are few comparisons to the environment in the Carlson Center when the UAA Seawolves come to town. The game extends far beyond a hockey rivalry, and is among the best to witness in the country.

  34. Von Braun Center – Home of the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers

    This venue has HUGE concourses, easy access to all seating and restrooms and concessions can be found with no problems. This place is a very posh and convenient facility. The recent $15 million renovation is not hidden in correcting codes or just replacing seats. The folks of Huntsville put together a facility with ample bells and whistles. It’s also small enough not to compromise your view to the ice. You can sit in the highest seat in the house and see everything perfectly.

  35. Dwyer Arena – Home of the Niagara Purple Eagles

    Playing in a fairly non-descript arena, the Robert and Concetta Dwyer Arena, commonly known as the Dwyer Arena, the Niagara Purple Eagles have entertained students, and college hockey fans since becoming a varsity team in 1996. In 2010, the Purple Eagles moved on to Atlantic Hockey, after being a charter member of the now defunct College Hockey America. During their tenure, they have made appearances in the NCAA tournament four times, including 2013. Purple Pride remains as strong on the ice as it is on the hardwood.

  36. Houston Field House – Home of the RPI Engineers

    Historic Houston Field House is the home of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s men’s and women’s hockey teams. The men’s team started playing here in 1950, a year after it opened, and four years later they won their first national championship. The field house was previously a warehouse for the U.S. Navy in Davisville, Rhode Island, and after World War II was moved to Troy. Once there, the university spent half a million dollars making it suitable for athletics.

  37. Silvio O. Conte Forum – Home of the Boston College Eagles

    Conte Forum is a fairly intimate venue that definitely feels smaller than the listed capacity of 7,884 for hockey. Boston College has done a good job of aspiring to minor-league standards here while retaining a distinctly collegiate feel. A nice combination of recorded music and a sizable pep band (whose members all wear BC hockey jerseys) keep fans entertained during stoppages in play and intermissions along with the kinds of games and contests one might expect from, say, an AHL facility. At least two-dozen banners celebrating both retired jersey numbers and previous Beanpot, conference and national championships hang from the rafters.

  38. Magness Arena – Home of the Denver Pioneers

    The Denver University Men’s Hockey team (Pioneers) has won seven Division I NCAA Championships since their origination in 1949. They currently are in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Conference (WCHA) and play in Magness Arena, one part of the’ Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness‘ that opened in 1999 in Denver, CO. Magness Arena seats 6,026 for hockey and also hosts basketball, graduation ceremonies, concerts, and the like.

  39. Cadet Ice Arena – Home of the Air Force Falcons

    Though it is not in a downtown area with plenty of pubs and restaurants, the arena is in an Air Force Academy environment. There is lots and lots of military representation, memorabilia, and presence. It is in the Rocky Mountains and there’s nothing quite as spectacular as gawking at those mountains for some moments during a visit to the area. Do take a visit to the Air Force Chapel. It houses three distinct worship areas under a single roof and has been named a U.S. National Historic Landmark. It has received many architectural prizes since its construction in 1962.

  40. Appleton Arena – Home of the St. Lawrence Saints

    There’s so much wood surrounding you that you feel like you’re in a forest. Or perhaps the benches will make you think of church pews. For me, it feels more like a hockey arena was built inside a ski lodge. Whatever the image that the pine seating conjures, you surely can agree that this is some of the most unique seating in all of sports, and those benches give Appleton Arena its character.

  41. J. Howard Starr Rink – Home of the Colgate Raiders

    Colgate University has announced plans to construct a state-of-the art hockey arena to replace the aging Starr Rink. While this is undoubtedly exciting news for Colgate student-athletes and fans, it will mark the end of a rich era in Colgate’s hockey history. Star Rink offers a pleasurable viewing experience, combining low prices and a friendly community with some of the nation’s best collegiate hockey. I encourage any hockey fan or family to catch a game at Starr Rink. This old barn may be the last of a dying breed of authentic hockey venues that evoke the game’s true blue-collar character.

  42. James Lynah Rink – Home of the Cornell Big Red

    If you’re looking for a college hockey venue and program where winning at home has become standard over the decades and generations, look no further than Cornell University in upstate New York. Lynah Rink, home of the Cornell Big Red who compete in the ECAC. Cornell has enjoyed great success as part of that conference, winning their championship 12 times, and also securing the Ivy League crown 21 times. Their record at home is without peer, and a lot of that success has to do with their boisterous fan base, known affectionately as the Lynah Faithful.

  43. Value City Arena at Jerome Schottenstein Center – Home of the Ohio State Buckeyes

    In the shifting world of college hockey, Ohio State is poised to grow. With the Big Ten forming an official hockey conference, the bar has been raised as exposure increases. The Buckeyes program has been improving, but struggles to capture the interest of the collective Ohio State fan base. The team’s home, Value City Arena at The Schottenstein Center, brings major league amenities and presentation to the college campus.

  44. Lawler Arena – Home of the Merrimack Warriors

    Men’s hockey is the only Division I sport at Merrimack College. As such, it receives the lion’s share of the attention at this small Catholic college. Merrimack College has a student body of just over 2,200 students, not even enough to fill up Lawler Arena if every student showed up for a game. Yet somehow, the arena is filled to capacity and beyond for most home games. This has given the Warriors a huge home-ice advantage in recent years, and makes Lawler Arena one of the more intimidating venues for visiting teams.

  45. Bright-Landry Hockey Center – Home of the Harvard Crimson

    Although it does not have the aura or history of its neighbor, Harvard Stadium, The Bright Arena is a nice place to watch a quality hockey game. Besides, any arena that can claim that its first game featured the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey team doesn’t have to take a back seat to anyone as far as history goes. In a hockey-crazed city like Boston, where there are more venues around than you can shake a stick at, whether it be professional, college, or high school, the Bright Center more than holds its own.

  46. 84 Lumber Arena – Home of the Robert Morris Colonials

    The atmosphere is incredibly family-friendly and is a great alternative to someone who may want to avoid the rowdy atmosphere of a professional game. In fact, the arena is small enough that being there will most likely remind you of being at a high school basketball game. Most of the fans will be engaged in the game and will respond to the PA announcer’s chants and songs. Don’t go expecting anything similar to a pro game or even something like a college basketball game; college hockey just hasn’t made it to that level yet (at least not in Pittsburgh).

  47. Hobey Baker Memorial Rink – Home of the Princeton Tigers

    The Baker Rink doesn’t look like it was built for ice hockey—it looks as though it was built before the sport was invented. But indeed it was built expressly for hockey, way back in 1923. It is named after Hobart “Hobey” Baker, a Princeton hockey player that the Hockey Hall of Fame considers to be the first American hockey star. He was also a war hero, the commander of the 141st Aero Squadron in World War I. Baker died in a plane crash in France just before he was due to return to America.

  48. Meehan Auditorium – Home of the Brown Bears

    The Brown University Bears have been playing men’s ice hockey since 1898, originally facing off against other regional institutions like Harvard on the frozen ponds near campus. In 1961, the Meehan Auditorium was constructed to be the hockey team’s home rink. Since it was built, the arena has seen the birth and rise of the women’s ice hockey team, been the staging point for a campaign speech by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and hosted the Frozen Four in 1965.

  49. Sullivan Arena – Home of the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves

    Opened in 1983 and named after a former Anchorage mayor, “The Sully” is Alaska’s largest entertainment venue but also quite possibly one of the least aesthetically pleasing venues for professional sports in the United States. However, the winters here in Alaska are long, cold and dark, which means creative architecture doesn’t matter much to Alaskans. What counts the most is what happens inside of The Sully.

  50. Schneider Arena – Home of the Providence Friars

    An unremarkable building from the outside, the arena is unquestionably a quality place to watch a hockey game. Seating is in armchairs on a single tier with a walkway that runs the perimeter of the arena at the midpoint between the ice and the top row. Sight lines are good throughout, fans are close to the action, and the room’s low ceiling creates a nice, intimate environment.

  51. Mercyhurst Ice Center – Home of the Mercyhurst Lakers

    Mercyhurst plays hockey in the American Hockey Association, against teams from across the country. Most people wouldn’t think about taking a trip to Erie, PA for a small college hockey game, but if you are in the area, it is certainly a good option.

  52. Hart Recreation Center – Home of the Holy Cross Crusaders

    The Hart Center will not offer you any modern amenities found in newer arenas, but it is a solid location to take in a quality hockey game. The steep pitch of the stands and low glass guarantees a great view of the action. While many aspects of the rink scream 1970’s, such as the carpeting in the concourse and the outdated PA system and scoreboards, fans don’t seem to mind these shortcomings, turning out to cheer on their Crusaders.

  53. Olympia Ice Center – Home of the American International Yellow Jackets

    The Olympia Ice Center is an impressive facility that hosts teams from throughout Massachusetts and beyond. With its three NHL sized rinks, it is not unusual to see several games going on simultaneously. This makes for a busy and festive atmosphere at the Center. Unfortunately, the AIC Yellow Jackets have not been able to capitalize fully on the hockey momentum going on here. Fans looking for the creature comforts and in-game entertainment offered elsewhere will not find that kind of atmosphere present here.

  54. Freitas Ice Forum – Home of the Connecticut Huskies

    At UConn, hoops are king (and queen), and football is gaining quickly in popularity. Hockey, in many regards, seems to be nothing more than an afterthought. The Huskies have only been playing at the Division I level since 1998, and have not enjoyed a winning season since 2000. Granted, the basketball teams cast an enormous shadow over the rest of the athletic program, but the hockey team cannot escape this large shadow. The Freitas Forum, while perfectly serviceable, does not match up with the top notch facilities enjoyed by many other athletic programs at the university.

  55. Milford Ice Pavilion – Home of the Sacred Heart Pioneers

    At the Milford Ice Pavilion, the hockey is the thing. Fans looking for elaborate in-game entertainment, promotions and creature comforts seen at larger venues will have to look elsewhere. With several other Division I programs and professional hockey teams in the immediate vicinity, Sacred Heart hockey often struggles to gain attention in the local market. Fans looking for affordable, family friendly hockey played at a top level will find exactly what they are looking for here.

  56. Buffalo State Sports Arena – Home of the Canisius Golden Griffins

    Founded in 1870, Canisius College is a small, private, Roman Catholic university in the heart of Buffalo. With a student enrollment of under 4,000 undergrads, Canisius fields a healthy compliment of athletic teams, the most popular of which are the basketball and hockey teams. The Griffs hockey team plays in the Atlantic Hockey Association of the NCAA. The Griffs home ice is in the center of campus … of another university!

  57. John A. Ryan Arena – Home of the Bentley Falcons

    The John A. Ryan Arena, or JAR as it is known locally, is a public skating arena located in the Boston suburb of Watertown, Massachusetts. In addition to serving as the home of the Bentley University Falcons, the JAR is home for several local high school teams and local youth hockey teams. The venue first opened in 1985, and has a capacity of 1,250.