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Ralph Baer
04-06-2016, 08:11 AM
I posted this on the RPI thread but it deserves its own thread so that everyone can complain that it makes no sense (except for UMD fans).

Ranking of 59 college hockey rinks (sorry ASU) http://www.stadiumjourney.com/news/04-03-2016/1395/2016-college-hockey-arena-rankings/. Click on any of the rinks to see the factors which were included.


I have seen at least one previous version of this from 2014 http://www.stadiumjourney.com/news/04-14-2014/608/2014-college-hockey-arena-rankings.

LTsatch
04-06-2016, 08:26 AM
Messa over Ingalls, that sealed the deal that this survey is crap.

UML Puck Hawk
04-06-2016, 08:28 AM
One final bonus point for the great town of Amherst, Massachusetts.

Bwahahahahahahahahaha

Mullins being in the top half of arenas in Hockey East is, ummm... interesting. Amherst gets a 5, but Durham, NH gets a 3?

joecct
04-06-2016, 09:11 AM
Bwahahahahahahahahaha

Mullins being in the top half of arena in Hockey East is, ummm... interesting. Amherst gets a 5, but Durham, NH gets a 3?

Sounds fishy to me.

BGFan
04-06-2016, 10:06 AM
That is a rather old photo of the BGSU Ice Arena. The wooden chair seats have been replaced with cushioned seats and there are historical graphics all of the way around the top of the grand stands. Other changes are coming down the line, also....

Bonin21
04-06-2016, 10:39 AM
If this is supposed to be a current list (2015-16), the Kohl Center at 3 is hilarious. Also no matter what year it is the Ralph that low is a joke and I've never even been there.

PrezdeJohnson09
04-06-2016, 10:47 AM
I don't know who did those rankings but they are an absolute joke. Clearly zero thought given to history and nostalgia and putting the Ralph at what 9? are you kidding me?

Shirtless Guy
04-06-2016, 11:20 AM
I noticed the comments on the MTU rink page are from 2012, and the description mentions the scoreboard as not having any video board...which is no longer true so they obviously haven't been there in awhile.

buoldtimer
04-06-2016, 11:55 AM
The atmosphere at Agganis Arena is driven by the large and active student section. Hockey is the undisputed king of the BU sporting kingdom, and on some nights it feels like almost the entire student body shows up to a Terrier hockey game. In fact, on many nights the student turnout is so large that they spill out from the constraints of their section to seats all over the arena

This hasn't been true for several seasons.

Boston University is arguably the most successful college hockey program in New England...

I wish I could argue this, but, sadly, I can't.

Red Cloud
04-06-2016, 12:02 PM
Messa over anything, that sealed the deal that this survey is crap.

fyp

HHound
04-06-2016, 12:15 PM
Boston University is arguably the most successful college hockey program in New England...

I wish I could argue this, but, sadly, I can't.[/QUOTE]

There are many folks in Chestnut Hill ready to refute that last statement. If you had called bu "the most controversial hockey program in New England....

TalonsUpPuckDown
04-06-2016, 12:21 PM
That is a rather old photo of the BGSU Ice Arena. The wooden chair seats have been replaced with cushioned seats and there are historical graphics all of the way around the top of the grand stands. Other changes are coming down the line, also....

And I've had numerous adult beverages whilst inside the arena purchased at the north end concession stand. That's gotta be worth in increase of two more Food and Beverage stars and 3 spots on the list.

wolverineTrumpet
04-06-2016, 01:10 PM
Having been to nearly half of the current college rinks, I have plenty of disagreements with this list.


Categories included on our scale include Food & Beverage, Atmosphere, Neighborhood, Fans, Access (which includes traffic, parking, handicap accessibility, and restrooms), Return on Investment, and a category for any Extras.

I think the rating system is a big part of my disagreement. I don't care about the food in the rink...I'd rather go out in the college town for food. The access is not an issue for me, sure the small restroom at Union was annoying, but I don't care how hard it is to get to the a rink or find parking. The atmosphere is what make college hockey for me.

1fastGRT
04-06-2016, 01:47 PM
Having been to nearly half of the current college rinks, I have plenty of disagreements with this list.



I think the rating system is a big part of my disagreement. I don't care about the food in the rink...I'd rather go out in the college town for food. The access is not an issue for me, sure the small restroom at Union was annoying, but I don't care how hard it is to get to the a rink or find parking. The atmosphere is what make college hockey for me.


Atmosphere is what it is all about. I agree. The categories listed in the rating system may be important to casual fans, but to most fans having a loud crowd and a great barn is what it is all about. That is likely where folks on this board who are hardcore hockey fans may disagree with the rankings. Give me a pep band, loud student section and a quirky arena with some interesting architecture and that is about as good as it gets.

kdiff77
04-06-2016, 03:53 PM
This is awful.

Ronnieb
04-06-2016, 04:13 PM
Awful is an understatement. Whoever this guy is, has no clue.

Haaafs
04-06-2016, 04:21 PM
Well the list gets 1 thing right, the JAR is awful. I attended 2 games there this year. The atmosphere is horrible. The rink itself is hilariously terrible. One of the games was delayed because the scoreboard broke. The "food" was overpriced and probably the worst thing I have ever tasted. Seriously, there are no redeeming qualities. It's just plain terrible.

FlagDUDE08
04-06-2016, 05:17 PM
Well the list gets 1 thing right, the JAR is awful. I attended 2 games there this year. The atmosphere is horrible. The rink itself is hilariously terrible. One of the games was delayed because the scoreboard broke. The "food" was overpriced and probably the worst thing I have ever tasted. Seriously, there are no redeeming qualities. It's just plain terrible.

But did it have more than two urinals?

Thiessen'sBetter
04-06-2016, 06:03 PM
The Ralph might be one of the top 5 hockey arenas in the world and this guy thinks it's the 8th best in US college hockey.

Also, Mullins is laughably high. My least favorite HE arena to watch a game at. It's between that and Lawler but at least at Lawler the sight lines are good and you can hear the players on the ice.

Patman
04-06-2016, 06:21 PM
The Ralph might be one of the top 5 hockey arenas in the world and this guy thinks it's the 8th best in US college hockey.

Also, Mullins is laughably high. My least favorite HE arena to watch a game at. It's between that and Lawler but at least at Lawler the sight lines are good and you can hear the players on the ice.

Everybody down rates Merrimack as they should but the garage mess of the place is sort of it's own animal that makes it unique