Propst Arena At The Von Braun Center – Huntsville Havoc

by | Dec 6, 2018 | Richard Smith, SPHL Hockey |

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Havoc In Huntsville

The Huntsville Havoc are a professional ice hockey team in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). They play their home games at the Von Braun Center in downtown Huntsville, Alabama. The team began play in the 2004–05 season, following the defunct Huntsville Channel Cats of the South East Hockey League.

The Propst Arena at the Von Braun Center is a multi-purpose facility with many different venues under its massive roof. The Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, a continental style venue that seats 1,955, is a performance hall that is great for Broadway, ballet, symphonies and concerts. South Hall and East Hall are great for conventions and trade shows. North Hall is an elegant facility to host formal food functions and dinners. There’s also a small proscenium hall named the Playhouse. It seats from 303 to 502 depending on the event.

The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s hockey program of NCAA Division I also calls the Propst Arena home.

Food & Beverage 4

There are many good concessions staples in the facility. The prices are good and the options are all very good.

They do sell alcohol at the facility

Atmosphere 4

The Prost Arena is an older style arena with a large upper concourse, a smaller lower concourse, as well as a series of seats right at ice level. The views of the action on the ice is very good.

There are scoreboards at either end zone of the arena.

Neighborhood 4

Huntsville is the third-largest city in Alabama with a population of 194,585 people.

The area is home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command nearby at the Redstone Arsenal, and the state-owned US Space & Rocket Center. The replica Saturn V at the center can be seen quite aways away, especially on the nearby UAH campus.

Downtown Huntsville is also becoming a nice quaint place for a stroll. There will be a few food and drink options down there as well.

The Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment complex is an old factory and mill that houses numerous small artist studios as well as food and drink from options like Piper & Leaf  Artisan Tea Company and Alchemy Lounge.

Fans 3

The Havoc has great fans who know the game well and support the program nicely. 

Access 5

Huntsville is served by several U.S. Highways, including 72, 231, 431 and an Interstate highway spur, I-565, that links the two cities of Huntsville and Decatur to I-65.

A $5 parking lot is across from the arena, as well as a few other paid lots in the immediate area. One can also often park for free at downtown parking meters after 5pm if you are willing to walk a bit further.

Return on Investment 4

Tickets to a Havoc game range from $10- $25 depending on what level of seating you desire. With the $25 seating you get the unique experience of watching the game from your café table with ushers taking your food and drink orders, something that is rare in other minor league arenas.

The concessions are reasonably priced and offer a diversity of foods not typically found in a smaller market. Parking is $5 as the lots around the Von Braun Center are owned by the city, not the team. The parking is cheap compared to venues in bigger cities.

Extras 3

The Von Braun Center is a great extra all on its own. You may be able to also see a Alabama-Huntsville hockey game. It is worth looking at their schedule to see what other events are happening.

One should also stop at the Saturn V rocket that sits outside the U.S. Space & Rocket Center on the outskirts of downtown.

Downtown Huntsville is a becoming a destination all in its own. Make sure to get to the game early and wander around Courthouse Square or Big Spring Park.

Final Thoughts

Huntsville, Alabama may not be what you would consider a good hockey town, but UAH Hockey and the Huntsville Havoc of the SPHL make this a great hockey destination.

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Food and Drink Recommendations

Phil Sandoval’s Mexican Restaurante

6125 University Drive E-18

Huntsville, AL 35806

(256) 489-5711

https://www.philsandovals.com/


Shaggy’s Burgers and Tacos

1267 Enterprise Way

Huntsville, AL 35806

(256) 270-9999

https://shaggysburgersandtacos.com/


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Entertainment Recommendations

 

U.S. Space and Rocket Center

1 Tranquility Base

Huntsville, AL 35805

(800) 637-7223

https://www.rocketcenter.com/


Huntsville Museum of Art

300 Church St. SW

Hunstville, AL 35801

(256) 535-4350

http://www.hsvmuseum.org/


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Lodging Recommendations

 

Embassy Suites Huntsville  

800 Monroe St SW

Huntsville, AL 35801

(256) 539-7373

http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/alabama/embassy-suites-huntsville-hotel-and-spa-HSVESES/index.html


SpringHill Suites by Marriott Huntsville Downtown

745 Constellation Dr

Huntsville, AL 35801

(256) 512-0188

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hsvsh-springhill-suites-huntsville-downtown/


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Stadium Info

Propst Arena At The Von Braun Center

700 Monroe St SW

Huntsville, AL 35801

Huntsville Havoc website

Propst Arena At The Von Braun Center website

Year Opened: 1975

Capacity: 6,600

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