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NMUFAN21
01-10-2011, 08:36 PM
Who has the best rink?

Dirty
01-10-2011, 08:38 PM
Sacred Heart.

bigclean
01-10-2011, 08:40 PM
The Ralph... although The Kohl Center is probably the loudest

Biddco
01-10-2011, 08:42 PM
Sacred Heart.

I raise you a Bentley. That or Wayne State.

darker98
01-10-2011, 08:45 PM
#1 Ralph Englestad.
#2 The Old Ralph Englestad.

WeWantMore
01-10-2011, 08:51 PM
The Kohl Center is very nice of course, but I feel it definitely can't be the best because there are some seats that are just flat terrible for watching hockey.

LTsatch
01-10-2011, 08:57 PM
http://yaletomorrow.yale.edu/images/ingallsoutside.jpg

NMUFAN21
01-10-2011, 09:04 PM
The Berry Events center is an ok rink, but it is meant for basketball to so you can't always see the corners but overall its a good rink but not the best

moose97
01-10-2011, 09:11 PM
There is an easy answer to this, and it's more complicated than "the Ralph." The answer is the WCHA. Basically every rink in the conference has had major renovations recently, or is brand new in the last ~ 20 years:

Minnesota-Duluth - Amsoil Arena: ($80 million) opened December, 2010
Bemidji State - Sanford Center ($45 mil) opened October, 2010
Nebraska-Omaha - Qwest Center ($291 mil) opened 2003
North Dakota - Ralph Engelstad Arena ($105 mil) opened 2001
Denver - Magness Arena (part of an $84 mil complex) opened 1999
Colorado College - World Arena (part of a $59 mil complex) opened 1998
Wisconsin - Kohl Center ($76 mil) opened 1998
Minnesota State - Verizon Wireless Center opened 1995
Minnesota - Mariucci Arena opened 1993
St. Cloud State - National Hockey Center opened 1989 ($32 mil renovation scheduled to start this off-season)
Alaska-Anchorage - Sullivan Arena opened 1983*
Michigan Tech - MacInnes Student Ice Arena opened 1972 with major renovations in 2008 and '09

* the only rink to receive no major renovations in the last ~ 20 years.

No other conference can remotely compete with that list, and that, IMHO, is part of what makes the WCHA the top conference.

Biddco
01-10-2011, 09:13 PM
There is an easy answer to this, and it's more complicated than "the Ralph." The answer is the WCHA. Basically every rink in the conference has had major renovations recently, or is brand new in the last ~ 20 years:

Minnesota-Duluth - Amsoil Arena: ($80 million) opened December, 2010
Bemidji State - Sanford Center ($45 mil) opened October, 2010
Nebraska-Omaha - Qwest Center ($291 mil) opened 2003
North Dakota - Ralph Engelstad ($105 mil) rink opened 2001
Denver - Magness Arena (part of an $84 mil) complex opened 1999
Colorado College - World Arena (part of a $59 mil complex) opened 1998
Wisconsin - Kohl Center ($76 mil) opened 1998
Minnesota State - Verizon Wireless Center opened 1995
Minnesota - Mariucci Arena opened 1993
St. Cloud State - National Hockey Center opened 1998 ($32 mil renovation scheduled to start this off-season)
Alaska-Anchorage - Sullivan Arena opened 1983*
Michigan Tech - MacInnes Student Ice Arena opened 1972 with major renovations in 2008 and '09

* the only rink to receive no major renovations in the last ~ 20 years.

No other conference can remotely compete with that list, and that, IMHO, is part of what makes the WCHA the top conference.

Is UNO getting a new rink? Or is that not finalized yet?

rvd5star69
01-10-2011, 09:22 PM
Who has the best rink?

Bu and Denver

ericredaxe
01-10-2011, 09:22 PM
Oh good... another "best rink" thread.

I haven't been to every rink of course... but my 2 favorites are Agganis Arena and Matthews Arena. Both for very different reasons.

Fighting Sioux 23
01-10-2011, 09:24 PM
Bu and Denver

I've never been to BU's, but DU only has maybe the 5th or 6th best rink in the WCHA.

Federal League
01-10-2011, 09:29 PM
I haven't been to every rink of course... but my 2 favorites are Agganis Arena and Matthews Arena. Both for very different reasons.

This. In Hockey East, they're the top two. Agganis because it's the most state-of-the-art and has the best sightlines, Matthews because it's the oldest hockey arena in the world and you can just feel the history in there.

The Freds
01-10-2011, 09:30 PM
What is the definition of "best?" I like the old barns- Matthews, Appleton, etc.

moose97
01-10-2011, 09:30 PM
Is UNO getting a new rink? Or is that not finalized yet?

I read on MavPuck that they are still discussing things, and that they may decide to stay at the Qwest and rather build a practice rink on campus for a lot less money. I think a lot has to do with what UNO decides, long-term, about going D-I in all sports. They would need a basketball arena if they decided to do that, so I think that they are still weighing their options.

Bu and Denver

I've never been to BU's, but DU only has maybe the 5th or 6th best rink in the WCHA.

Exactly this. If you're from out east (say, Troy, NY) and make a trip to Magness Arena, you might be blown away by it. I'll admit that I've never been to Magness, but from what I've heard, it's "average" by WCHA standards. That should tell folks that haven't seen many WCHA rinks something...

FlagDUDE08
01-10-2011, 09:32 PM
While avoiding saying my own rink, I would say, of the ones I have visited, my favorite would have to be Appleton.

Runninwiththedogs
01-10-2011, 09:50 PM
This is boring.

How about a thread on the most average rink? What rink is exactly in the middle of the pack for amenities?

kdiff77
01-10-2011, 09:58 PM
This is boring.

How about a thread on the most average rink? What rink is exactly in the middle of the pack for amenities?

Brown's Meehan Auditorium. Cold, terrible atmosphere, you can't understand the loudspeaker, old bathrooms, but unrivaled sight lines from anywhere in the rink and brand new locker rooms, concession stands, and a foyer that were renovated in 2003. Throw the great and the terrible together, and they even out to extremely "mediocre."

PcFriars13
01-10-2011, 09:59 PM
This is boring.

How about a thread on the most average rink? What rink is exactly in the middle of the pack for amenities?

Providence College? Haha. We're actually probably on the lower end.