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  • davyd83
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    Originally posted by ExileOnDaytonStreet View Post
    Are the men practicing at Ridder or something?
    The men do practice at Ridder from time to time, and you’re also not very likely to have St Thomas playing at Ridder while the Gophers are playing across the hallway at Mariucci.
    Last edited by davyd83; 05-08-2020, 12:55 PM.

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  • John J. MacInnes
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    Originally posted by 4four4 View Post
    I don't believe this has been posted before today. It looks like nice D1 college hockey arena.
    It was. The old Ralph even hosted the Frozen Four in 1983.

    The idea of buying it, dismantling it, shipping it four states over, and rebuilding & retrofitting it is interesting. Of course they still have to create the infrastructure, and I have no idea what kind of shape the ice plant is in.

    The original Palestra in Marquette was moved in a similar fashion when it came from Laurium (next to Calumet, MI) where it was built as the world's first indoor ice arena. They did it in 1921 and it took 55 days. It stood very close to where the Berry Events Center is now at the corner of 3rd Street and Fair Avenue.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestra_(Michigan)

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  • 4four4
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    Originally posted by HofstraHockey View Post
    I'm sure this has been posted a million times in other locations, but this seems legit https://jlgice.com/projects/indiana-...tics-pavilion/

    They have obviously have a track record of building facilities, including many top DI buildings.
    I don't believe this has been posted before today. It looks like nice D1 college hockey arena.

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  • HofstraHockey
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    I'm sure this has been posted a million times in other locations, but this seems legit https://jlgice.com/projects/indiana-...tics-pavilion/

    They have obviously have a track record of building facilities, including many top DI buildings.

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  • beaverhockeyfan
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    Originally posted by ExileOnDaytonStreet View Post
    Are the men practicing at Ridder or something?
    When they have to prepare for a series on NHL sized ice, they do practice some at Ridder. At least that is what I have heard.

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  • ExileOnDaytonStreet
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    Originally posted by davyd83 View Post
    Target Center? Very costly, and you have to take what scraps the TWolves leave. Ridder? You have to work around both the men and women’s teams at Minnesota.
    Are the men practicing at Ridder or something?

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  • davyd83
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    Originally posted by ExileOnDaytonStreet View Post
    Do you figure they’ll build an arena before long? I’m assuming so, but am still very curious how they manage until then. Target Center? Ritter? Or do they go with some of the high school rinks around town and suffer the sub-2,000 capacity for a while?
    Target Center? Very costly, and you have to take what scraps the TWolves leave. Ridder? You have to work around both the men and women’s teams at Minnesota.

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  • MTUHuskies
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    Originally posted by 4four4 View Post
    Currently, they are sharing a facility with St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights which isn't a D1 arena. I bet they start there for a season or two and see what the future will hold.
    My bet is there will be shovels in the ground within a month of the NCAA's blessing. If not before.

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  • 4four4
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    Re: Starting D1 Hockey Program

    Originally posted by ExileOnDaytonStreet View Post
    Do you figure they’ll build an arena before long? I’m assuming so, but am still very curious how they manage until then. Target Center? Ritter? Or do they go with some of the high school rinks around town and suffer the sub-2,000 capacity for a while?
    Currently, they are sharing a facility with St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights which isn't a D1 arena. I bet they start there for a season or two and see what the future will hold.

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  • Split-N
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    Originally posted by kingdobbs View Post
    ...Didn’t say I-95.

    Said 195. As in, the main road running through campus.
    Ooooops. Gotta see the eye doctor.

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  • kingdobbs
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    Originally posted by Split-N View Post
    If they can make it happen I'd pay good money just to see and anteater mascot on skates. And what about UNLV?



    Being nitpicky here but you would drive up, not down, from Hartford to Storrs. And you would hopefully be on I-84, not I-95. (Those darn GPS thingys sometimes give some really bad directions.)
    ...Didn’t say I-95.

    Said 195. As in, the main road running through campus.

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  • Split-N
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    Originally posted by Sol Diablo View Post
    I'm betting on UC Irvine Anteaters...
    If they can make it happen I'd pay good money just to see and anteater mascot on skates. And what about UNLV?

    Originally posted by kingdobbs View Post
    If we made 195 and 44 one way from the interstate all the way down maybe.
    Being nitpicky here but you would drive up, not down, from Hartford to Storrs. And you would hopefully be on I-84, not I-95. (Those darn GPS thingys sometimes give some really bad directions.)

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  • kingdobbs
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    Originally posted by gfmorris View Post
    Could you even get 8,000 people down the road from Hartford to Storrs in time for opening drop?

    GFM <-- knows that this isn't a problem for other sports
    If we made 195 and 44 one way from the interstate all the way down maybe.

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  • Sol Diablo
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    I'm betting on UC Irvine Anteaters..........but not too much money........

    "UC Irvine Anteaters
    There have long been rumors, even before Arizona State became the first Pac-12 team to adopt an NCAA Division I ice hockey team, that the Pac-12 would be the perfect hockey conference.

    However, recent developments make UC Irvine, who competes in the Big West Conference, a theoretically strong contender to be the first California team to field a varsity hockey program. It all has to do with ice access and the cost of running college hockey programs.


    In an interview for The New York Times, former USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean said it outright.

    “Obviously, it costs a lot of money,” he said. “That’s why you’re never going to have an explosion in the number of programs.”

    (From: ‘College Hockey Has a Talent Glut, but Nowhere to Grow‘ The New York Times – 3/27/17).
    From the cost of possibly having to build and operate a hockey arena to funding a corresponding women’s program or another women’s sport as a result of Title IX, starting a hockey program is one of the costlier college sports that an athletic department undertakes.


    Offsetting those costs, and even making a profit, is dependent on a lot of things, including how competitive the team is and how easy it is for students and fans to access the games.

    An NHL Neighbor
    That’s what gives UCI a clear advantage. Though they only recently restarted their club hockey team, UCI has a potential partnership with the newly built Great Park Ice & FivePoint arena.


    The arena is a mere nine miles from the UCI campus, can hold 2,500 spectators and has technological features like a video scoreboard that would fit a college program perfectly. That would put it between Ewigleben Arena, home of the Ferris State University hockey team, and Cadet Ice Arena, home of the Air Force Academy hockey team, in terms of spectator capacity.

    It is the perfect arena for college hockey.

    The arena’s proximity to the campus makes it easier for students to attend games and more likely that the team will bring in ticket revenue. Even though the rink isn’t on campus, a benefit many current NCAA College programs have, it’s not prohibitively far away.

    There’s also the option to retrofit the Bren Events Center, UCI’s basketball and volleyball stadium, for ice."

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  • gfmorris
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    Originally posted by J.D. View Post
    Just seems like building a 2,500 seat on campus rink just so it can be on campus is backwards thinking when you look at the Hartford crowds. Is the fear that if they do build a rink in Storrs, crowds wouldn't be as good as in Hartford? Or is 2,500 on the table because it's cheaper?
    Could you even get 8,000 people down the road from Hartford to Storrs in time for opening drop?

    GFM <-- knows that this isn't a problem for other sports

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