The Badger faithful have a whole series of complaints with LaBahn. In general, a number of shortcuts were taken that cause many to believe that the facility was outdated from the moment it opened. If a 1,200 seat facility is the best the Department of Athletics will offer us, then it needs to be the best 1,200 seat facility in Women's D-1 Hockey. AND an IDEAL practice facility for Men's Hockey -- not something we're just squeaking by with.
If you can say more on this point, please do. This information would be fascinating to know. The player experience can indeed be different from the fan experience.The players seem to like the Schott as I've not even heard of a recent alumni complaining about it.
From a fan perspective, the large majority would prefer the "Penn State Model," meaning a single purpose, medium sized rink. But if the players are genuinely happy where there are, I'm sure fans would be willing to at least take that into account.
Nevertheless, college hockey games need to be played on weekends. That, along with affordable ticket prices, accounts for a significant percentage of our crowd. If we move games to mid-week to dodge the CBJ, the result would be a net loss of attendance.
I suppose a Saturday/Sunday home series could work. That would allow you dodge a Friday evening CBJ game, without losing the family crowd.
Another factor that cuts the same way: We can't be hopelessly out of sync with the rest of the college hockey world. Oddball scheduling does require the consent of the visiting team, and/or approval of the conference.