Ice hockey isn’t just a northern favorite. That much is clear from the responses we received when asking for your favorite hockey venues. Who would imagine Las Vegas and Santa Rosa, California, would host great facilities? See our results.
When MGM Vice President of Global Sports and Events Sales Daniel J. Rush, CMP, CASE, says T-Mobile Arena has “tremendous home-ice advantage,” he isn’t kidding. Just consider that the new arena’s tenant, the Vegas Golden Knights, are the first NHL expansion team to make the playoffs. More important to Rush, the arena is always sold out.
Schwan Super Rink
The world’s largest ice arena—300,000 square feet—contains eight ice surfaces (four Olympic-sized; four NHL-sized. Nearly two million visitors see how impressive the facility is first-hand. Among them: OneHockey President Sebastien Fortier, who says the little things make all the difference at the giant arena. “The management and staff are incredibly helpful. Anything we need we simply ask and it’s there right in front of us,” he says.
Erie Insurance Arena
A $47 million renovation should take this already cool facility to the next level in terms of attracting events. New additions include a new club level and luxury suites; update dressing rooms and new scoreboards. The Women’s Frozen Four is slated for a return in 2021 after a successful 2012 event. Before that comes with the 2018 Ice Breaker Tournament in October, in which Notre Dame, Miami (Ohio), Providence and host Mercyhurst University will start their NCAA seasons.
IceWorks is home to more than 180 hockey teams at various levels, but the reputation extends well beyond the local community. USA Curling and U.S. Figure Skating are among the NGBs who’ve held major events there. Fortier notes that having four ice arenas in one venue, as is the case at IceWorks, is “hard to find.”
Canlan Ice Sports
Fort Wayne, Indiana
The only three-sheet icehouse in the Hoosier State is a “super clean, well-run facility,” raves Fortier. Aside from OneHockey, the venue has hosted State Wars Roller Hockey, National Junior Prospects Hockey and multiple U.S. Figure Skating events.
Redwood Empire Ice Arena/Snoopy’s Home Ice
Santa Rosa, California
“Where will you find an ice arena that resembles an Alpine village in a Redwood forest that was at the center of Charles M. Schulz’s life for almost 30 years?” asks Charlene Lennon CTA, director of sales at Visit Santa Rosa. More amazing than those facts—the venue is in the heart of Sonoma wine country. It’s not just kids who can enjoy the Peanuts-themed facility. More than 1,000 players 40 years and older from North America participate in the annual Snoopy’s Senior World Hockey Tournament each July.