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Yost Ice Arena, Ann Arbor

 

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Vaillant Arena, Davos

 

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Ericsson Globe, Stockholm

 

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Port Credit Memorial Arena, Mississauga

 

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Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, Toronto (you can watch from the street, those clerestory windows above)

 

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Ingalls Rink, New Haven 

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some tough news came out today. The Cincinnati Gardens has been sold and will be demolished. Bummer for a few reasons, but for me personally I have a lot of sentimentality built up there and I was still going there to play pick up hockey as recently as March. I posted in this thread about my favorite place to play in high school. This was my second favorite place to play. It felt like you were back in time.

 

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Just a classic old barn. 

 

Notable things that happened in the Gardens: Oscar Robertson and the Royals played their home games there. As did the Cincinnati Swords (the Buffalo Sabres not-as-specifically-named farm team), Xavier basketball, Cincinnati Cyclones, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (hence the color of the seats that still remain). I scored a game winning goal with 3 seconds left off a faceoff there. Also while in high school I sustained a concussion on the attached practice rink during a tournament and had to spend the night in a Cincinnati hospital and then played the next day. They'd never let you do that today and this was only about 12 years ago.

 

Hockey players in this town are losing 2 sheets of ice and I really don't know what the handful of high school teams are going to do now. I'm bummed. 

 

 

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A couple of my favorites:

 

First is admittedly borderline as official capacity is 11,089 (though functionally less due to age, damage and tarps) would be the Cow Palace in Daly City, though its literally across the street from San Francisco. It's old, having opened in 1941 and its in rough shape (and it hasn't been cleaned in decades). But it is literally a great barn to watch games in despite it all, at least until the teams invariably fold. It has some really interesting architectural and structural elements.

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Second is the Jenny Craig Pavilion home of the USD Toreros Men's and Women's D1 basketball teams (as much as it pains me to say it as a fan and alum of a competing school). I've always liked how the inside was designed to reflect the campus' unified Spanish Renaissance Architectural style like the outside.

 

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On 6/15/2016 at 4:12 PM, McCarthy said:

some tough news came out today. The Cincinnati Gardens has been sold and will be demolished. Bummer for a few reasons, but for me personally I have a lot of sentimentality built up there and I was still going there to play pick up hockey as recently as March. I posted in this thread about my favorite place to play in high school. This was my second favorite place to play. It felt like you were back in time.

 

CincyGardens-2012-RY-228.jpg

 

CincyGardens-2012-RY-262.jpg

 

5216578074_769772499e.jpg

 

gardens_600x380.jpg

 

Just a classic old barn. 

 

Notable things that happened in the Gardens: Oscar Robertson and the Royals played their home games there. As did the Cincinnati Swords (the Buffalo Sabres not-as-specifically-named farm team), Xavier basketball, Cincinnati Cyclones, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (hence the color of the seats that still remain). I scored a game winning goal with 3 seconds left off a faceoff there. Also while in high school I sustained a concussion on the attached practice rink during a tournament and had to spend the night in a Cincinnati hospital and then played the next day. They'd never let you do that today and this was only about 12 years ago.

 

Hockey players in this town are losing 2 sheets of ice and I really don't know what the handful of high school teams are going to do now. I'm bummed. 

 

 

 

Pretty sad to hear of a place with so much history about to be demolished.

 

Was it dirty or rundown in its final years?

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On 2/19/2016 at 7:39 PM, House Electrician said:

My pick for the best small arena would have to be Hersheypark Arena (formerly Hershey Sports Arena) in Hershey, PA.  Built in 1936 to replace the Ice Palace, it was home to the AHL Hershey Bears from 1936 to 2002, when they relocated to the new Giant Center.  It was designed by Anton Tedesco using the revolutionary Z-D Arch technology, allowing for unobstructed views from any seat.  When completed it was the largest monolithic concrete structure of its type in the world.  Still considered an engineering marvel, construction was started on the roof structure July 5, 1936, and the first hockey game was played December 19, 1936!

 

It is currently the home to Lebanon Valley College's Flying Dutchmen ice hockey team, and is used for various other events throughout the year.

 

I have visited many arenas over the years, but this old girl has always been my favorite!

 

Sorry only two pics, one of the outside (best I could find)(note the Ice Palace adjoining it to the right) and one from tonight's ACHA tournament hosted by LVC.

 

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I'm aware I'm quoting a nearly year old post,  but I have to agree about Hersheypark Arena. This was where I used to watch WWF wrestling as a kid and even played hockey here once. The last time I was here was to watch the CPIHL (high school hockey) championship a year or two after I graduated.

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16 hours ago, neo_prankster said:

 

Pretty sad to hear of a place with so much history about to be demolished.

 

Was it dirty or rundown in its final years?

 

It was just an old relic. After Xavier left and the Mighty Ducks left it was a little rundown. The hockey rink used old scratched glass and the boards were all dinged up, but they kept it in good shape when they were there. The location also wasn't the most visually friendly place in town either.

 

It's sad because of the history and the city lost two rinks, but nobody outside of the small hockey playing community was really using it. Some low level arena football teams used it briefly, but you know how that is. 

 

With UC And Xavier having their own basketball arenas, and US Bank Arena downtown it just wasn't needed anymore. 

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Don't think anyone would rank it as the best but one of the few I've seen for myself.

 

Under the 5,000 capacity (building capacity 4,680.  fixed arena seating 3,371) but largest and oldest arena locally is Fort William Gardens (opened in 1951).

If the funding for an event centre ever happens this one's days as a hockey arena will be numbered.  Last big renovation was in the 1990s.  From city website "building was completely transformed in 1994 and 1995".

 

Pic I took in November 2013 before a Lakehead Thunderwolves (university hockey) game got started:

 

 

Someone has an album on the arena in Flickr:

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Mostly European but here's a site that has some arenas in your capacity range:

http://hockeyarenas.net/index.php?c=wl&size=0&page=0300&c=wl&ctID=eu&size=3&arena=&arOrder=arName

 

hfboards has this thread if would like to look at pics of old arenas - some smaller historic ones later in thread:

http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showthread.php?t=879512&highlight=arenas

 

 

 

 

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The Joseph Gentile Center in Chicago,Il;home of the Loyola Ramblers has a seating capacity of just under 5,000

UIC Pavilion which originally had a capacity of 10,000 for hockey is now just under 7,000 and hosts UIC basketball and concerts

Emil and Patricia Jones Convocation center on the campus of Chicago State University also has a capacity under 7,000

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Northwestern was thinking about playing their men's basketball at Loyola next year as the Wildcats own arena Welsh-Ryan arena will be getting a makeover.However,they will be playing in Rosemont at All State arena instead.here's a picture of that which was last renovated about 1983. Capacity 8,000

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So apparently Greg Popovich loves the Pallestra so much he has the Spurs practice there whenever they're in Philadelphia.

 

He's asked the league a few times about playing the Sixers there.  Would easily be the lowest-attendance NBA game in the modern (maybe any) era, but would definitely be something great to see.

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10 hours ago, BringBackTheVet said:

So apparently Greg Popovich loves the Pallestra so much he has the Spurs practice there whenever they're in Philadelphia.

 

He's asked the league a few times about playing the Sixers there.  Would easily be the lowest-attendance NBA game in the modern (maybe any) era, but would definitely be something great to see.

 

Define "modern."  This article references a 1978 game with an attendance of 4,522.

 

http://www.negativedunks.com/2012/02/least-attended-nba-game-ever.html

 

The Clippers averaged under 10,000 as recently as 1998.

 

 http://www.apbr.org/attendance.html

 

For the record, I'm not arguing with you.  Your post just made me curious.

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