Morning Free Association, July 21
Women’s Hockey – New Seasons, New Homes

The Pride and the Blades are moving for the next season.

The NWHL has announced that the Boston Pride will move to Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton. The arena, as any Bruins fan worth their Spoked-B knows, is the new home for Boston Bruins practice sessions. It is owned by New Balance, the manufacturer of the Warrior line of hockey equipment, is located in Boston Landing, adjacent to the Massachusetts Turnpike, and features a giant hockey stick mounted to the side of the building. An MBTA Commuter Rail station is scheduled to open at Boston Landing this fall on the Framingam/Worcester line.

This is another nice client for the Warrior arena, and should give them 9 home games plus 2 preseason games. However, this is a strange fit for the Pride. The arena reportedly seats 660 spectators. That is a stunningly small seating capacity for a professional sporting event. Seating for the NWHL have hovered in the vicinity of 800.
Previously they played at Harvard’s Bright-Landry Hockey Center which seats 3,095.

The full schedule does not seem to be available as of yet, however the first two games will be on October 7th and 8th in Buffalo. The first game is the league’s season opener, featuring the Boston Pride @ Buffalo Beauts. The following game is the New York Riveters @ Boston Pride
At the Harborcenter.
In Buffalo.

Season ticket holders of the Pride will have seats at this ‘home’ game. Season tickets are already on sale.

The Boston Blades of the CWHL have also moved back to Boston from their 2015-16 home, the New England Sports Center

The previous home arena, the NES, is located in Marlborough, MA, which is not convenient to most potential fans. There is no public transit to Marlborough, and the arena is approximately 45 minutes from Boston via highway. Other amenities in the immediate area are somewhat limited. Their 2016-17 home games will be split between Walter Brown Arena (Boston University), John Ryan Arena (Watertown), Clark Athletic Center (U Mass Boston), Tsongas Center (U Mass Lowell), and Veterans Memorial (Somerville). Their home schedule is available here. Season tickets are on sale here

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