|Posted by roamingtherinks on October 22, 2015 at 6:45 PM|
We've decided to help arena roaming fans keep track of new arena opportunities, as well as those venues that may end up with new hockey tenants, or end up closing or vacant this upcoming season. We'll have a series of reports as the season gets closer, and this week we will take a look at this season in college and the one arena change as well as lots of alternate venues where you can catch college hockey this season.
Plus - Baxter Arena Omaha, NE UNO Mavericks
Minus - CenturyLink Center Omaha, NE UNO Mavericks
The only major arena change in the college ranks this season find Nebraska-Omaha opening a new on-campus venue. We're sure they will pack the place.
College hockey is great for the occasional neutral site tournament or one-off game, and there are quite a few opportunities to catch college hockey at non-traditional venues each season. We'll outline these here. Some are reoccurring tournaments that have almost as much tradition as college hockey itself, such as the Beanpot, while others are first time chances to see college hockey played in different locations. We're not including places that serve as home to multiple games for the same team, such as Portland's Cross Insurance Arena who hosts the Maine Black Bears, as that those games occur regularly enough to be considered semi-regular. Arenas included range from NHL sites to an arena overseas. Here's where you can catch college hockey this season at alternate venues:
Bonus Plus -
Sun National Bank Center Trenton, NJ 10/30 & 10/31 Capital City Classic Yale, Princeton, Maine and UMass
The Sun National Bank Center in Trenton will host big time hockey for the first time in a couple years with a college hockey tournament in late October
Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY 11/1 Bentley vs Army
Odyssey Arena Belfast, Northern Ireland 11/27& 11/28 Friendship Four Brown, Colgate, UMass-Lowell, Northeastern
Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, PA 11/29 Vermont vs Penn State
Germain Arena Estero, FL 12/28 & 12/29 Florida College Classic Ohio State, BC, Providence, Cornell
Consol Energy Center Pittsburgh, PA 12/28 & 12/29 Three Rivers Classic Penn State, Robert Morris, Clarkson, UMass-Lowell
Joe Louis Arena Detroit, MI 12/20 & 12/31 Great Lakes Invitational Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan
Times Union Center Albany, NY 1/23 Mayor's Cup RPI vs Union
KRock Centre Kingston, ON 11/23 RMC vs Army
Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, MN 1/30 & 1/31 North Star College Cup Minnesota, Minnesota State, Bemidji State, St. Cloud State
Madison Square Garden New York, NY 1/30 Michigan vs Penn State
TD Garden Boston, MA 2/1 & 2/8 Beanpot BC, BU, Northeastern, Harvard
MassMutual Center Springfield, MA 2/9 AIC vs UMass
Coors Field Denver, CO 2/20 Outdoor Classic Colorado College vs Denver
Nationwide Arena Columbus, OH 3/6 Ohio State vs Michigan
Interesting venues include the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, which has gone without a hockey tenant since the ECHL's Titans left, and Odyssey Arena in Belfast, which adds an international flavor to the college hockey season. Whether you attend a traditional tournament such as the onces in Boston or Detroit, or take in a game in a warmer climate like Florida there is plenty of college hockey to enjoy this season.
Stay tuned to the Plus/Minus Arena Report as we will have reports from the college,pro, and junior hockey arena changes now that the season gets is in full swing.