Picture of the Week



This section is designed to show off some of the large number of photos I've built up over the years in my collection that I have not otherwise used on this site. Most will be OHL-related, though there will also be other arena shots that are connected with other leagues. If you want to contribute an interesting shot to Picture of the Week, send it to Email. Picture of the Week will usually update every Sunday.




Picture of the Week


December 23, 2012: The ShoWare Center, in suburban Kent, Washington, is home to the WHL's Thunderbirds.



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December 9, 2012: Hey, remember the NHL? This is the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, once and future home of the Capitals.
December 2, 2012: Magness Arena, shown here in basketball configuration, sits in southern Denver on the University of Denver campus, and is home to one of the WCHA's most successful programs, the Denver Pioneers.
November 4, 2012: Surprisingly enough, Bridgestone Arena in Nashville is a wonderful place to watch a hockey game. The arena is shoehorned onto a city block in the middle of the honky-tonk district, and the small size of the block dictates an intimate venue with a low ceiling that reflects crowd noise. It may have taken Nashville a few years to warm up to the NHL, but when the team is winning, there are few places in the entire league as intimidating or as fun to watch a game. Really.
October 14, 2012: Van Andel Arena, home of the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL, is a great place to watch a game as long as you're in the upper deck. The arena is a pretty standard 1990's design, and by AHL standards the crowds are pretty good... it's just that the rise of the lower bowl is so shallow that you pretty much can't see a thing if there's someone in front of you.
September 30, 2012: The ludicrously-named Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre is the new main arena in Victoria, BC, and is home to the WHL's Victoria Royals.
July 24, 2011: The Honda Center, formerly and still unofficially known as the Pond, is the home of the Anaheim Ducks. July 10, 2011: The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena was built in 1959 is located on the grounds of the Memorial Coliseum and Olympic Park. Along with a wide variety of basketball and other sports, it was the first home of the LA Kings while the Great Western Forum was being built.
July 3, 2011: The former Jack Murphy Stadium in suburban San Diego was once home of the San Diego Padres. It's still home to the NFL's Chargers, though they too would like a new stadium and have been making noises of late about moving if they don't get their way.
June 19, 2011: The exterior of the NCAA's BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio.
June 12, 2011: David Hastings Stadium is located in a quiet section of Guelph and is home to the Intercounty League's Guelph Royals.
June 5, 2011: The Los Angeles Forum, in the heart of scenic Inglewood and former home of the LA Kings, is easily visible out the window on approach to LAX.
April 10, 2011: Frank Ritter Arena is located on the campus of the Rochester Institute of Technology and is home to the NCAA's RIT Tigers. Built in 1968, its small capacity and RIT's lofty ambitions has meant there has been talk of a new arena for the Tigers at some point in the future.
April 3, 2011: Sun Life Stadium is the home of the NFL's Miami Dolphins, and also gives the Florida Marlins a place to hang their hats for a few months of the year as long as they tidy up after themselves.
March 27, 2011: Period-opening faceoff at a Sabres game at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.
February 6, 2011: Nothing like a gorgeous summer baseball shot to take your mind off the four feet of snow outside, is there? This is Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium.
January 16, 2011: This is Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Built in 1974, the arena hosts the ECHL and is easily visible from I-94 when driving between Detroit and Chicago.
January 9, 2011: Meanwhile, here's the Sprint Center, the new, beautiful, underutilized downtown arena that Kansas City built in hopes of getting a prime tenant in the NBA or NHL. As of yet, no one has jumped, and so apart from a few college basketball games and concerts the new rink sits empty most nights.
December 19, 2010: Back in the 1970's, Kansas City had an NHL team. This is where the Scouts played - Kemper Arena. Built in 1972, the arena sits virtually right on the MO-KS state line, with the arena fully within Missouri but half of the parking lots (behind the arena, not visible in this shot) in Kansas. The Scouts only played three seasons here before moving to Colorado to become the Rockies, and eventually on to New Jersey to become the Devils. The large trusses on the roof were added in 1979, following a catastrophic roof collapse in a midwestern summer thunderstorm.
December 12, 2010: Scottrade Center is the home of the St. Louis Blues. This photo was taken at yesterday's game against the Hartford Whalers, or so the scoreboard led us to believe.
December 5, 2010: This monstrosity is Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts. The building absolutely dominates the south end of downtown Indianapolis like a medieval castle surrounded by peasant shacks.
November 28, 2010: My third NCAA arena visited, the Bowling Green State University Ice Arena is a spartan, U-shaped building with a capacity of about 5,000 on plastic benches. The arena was originally constructed in 1967 with seating only along the sidelines, but was expanded to its present shape in 1989. While BGSU is not one of the NCAA's glamour programs, their history includes a national title in 1984, and the Falcons' NHL alumni list includes Nelson Emerson, George McPhee, Brian Holzinger and Rob Blake.
November 21, 2010: The Huntington Center opened in 2009 in downtown Toledo, Ohio. The building seats 8,000, and while it's currently home to an ECHL team (the Walleye), one thinks that the OHL might someday be an option for the rink if the ECHL ever fell through.
November 7, 2010: Fenway Park is downright amazing.
October 31, 2010: Ivor Wynne Stadium is one of the last remaining big-time football stadia still integrated into the fabric of a working-class neighbourhood. Built in 1930 for the first ever Commonwealth Games, Ivor Wynne is home, at least for the next year or so, to the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
October 24, 2010: Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, is the home of the Kansas City Chiefs NFL team. It makes up half of the 1972-vintage Harry S Truman Sports Complex, which also includes the Kansas City Royals' Kauffman Stadium. A multi-million dollar renovation was completed over the summer of 2010, and both stadiums now sparkle as new again.
October 10, 2010: The Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay, Ontario, is perhaps the only long-standing junior hockey-sized arena in the province of Ontario that has never hosted the OHL. It did, however, host the 1967 Memorial Cup tournament, won by the Toronto Marlboros. The primary tenant today is the CIS's Lakehead University Thunderwolves.
October 3, 2010: Just outside of London sits Delaware Speedway Park, Canada's oldest auto racing track. Weekly racing has been held at the banked half-mile for over sixty years, and as the birthplace of CASCAR and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, it is the spiritual home of stock car racing in Canada. The track has a capacity of about 10,000 for big races, but generally draws a couple thousand every Friday night.
September 26, 2010: The Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis is home to the NHL's St. Louis Blues.
April 18, 2010: Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, former home of the Indians and Browns, taken in 1974. This picture is courtesy Charles Walker, whom I thank.
April 4, 2010: A shot of Tiger Stadium during the final season in 1999.
March 28, 2010: This is the only picture I have of the old Riverfront Stadium in downtown Cincinnati, taken from I-75 while en route to Florida in 1999. I never saw a game at the old stadium. The construction cranes in the foreground are from the future NFL Paul Brown Stadium.
March 21, 2010: The exterior of Niagara University's Dwyer Arena in Lewiston, New York.
March 14, 2010: Packed to the rafters at Yost Arena in Ann Arbor.
March 7, 2010: MSU's Munn Arena isn't much to look at on the outside.
February 28, 2010: The exterior of Thompson Arena on the UWO campus.
February 14, 2010: The exterior of Perani's Arena in Flint, Michigan.
February 7, 2010: Spartan Stadium, a concrete monstrosity on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, is not just the home of the Spartans football team. It was also the site of the first outdoor hockey game in the modern era in 2001. The Cold War, as it was called, set a new hockey attendance record of 74,544, and convinced the powers that be in the NHL and other places that an outdoor game was a viable option. The game, between the Spartans and the Michigan Wolverines, ended in a 3-3 tie.
January 31, 2010: This is Dwyer Arena on the campus of Niagara University in Lewiston, New York. Located a few miles downriver from Niagara Falls, Niagara is a small Catholic college with a hockey team, the Purple Eagles, that play NCAA Division I. Dwyer Arena was built in 2000 and only seats about 2,100, and will be used in the 2010-11 World Junior Hockey Championship as the tournament's second rink after Buffalo's HSBC Arena.
January 24, 2010: This is the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia. Opened in 1971, it's currently not home to any hockey, but has hosted as high a level of the game as the AHL Richmond Robins in the 1970's.
January 17, 2010: Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan, was built in 1974 and is home to the Michigan State Spartans NCAA hockey program. MSU is one of the more historically successful programs in college hockey, and the fan support and atmosphere more than make up for the "Spartan" accomodations in a concrete bunker of a building.
January 10, 2010: The exterior of Washington's Nationals Park.
January 3, 2010: The Colisée Cardin in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec.
December 27, 2009: The exterior of Alden Dow's McMorran Place Arena in Port Huron, Michigan.
December 20, 2009: Continuing with the CIS theme, this is the Nicholas Sheran Ice Centre in Lethbridge. Built in 1974, it's home to the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns hockey team.
December 13, 2009: Thompson Arena in London is home to the University of Western Ontario Mustangs varsity hockey team. Built in 1975, the arena is a multipurpose facility with a running track looping around the ice surface, and a recently-added attached student rec centre that includes squash courts, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a massive gym. Collapsable bleachers can expand the capacity of Thompson Arena up to 3,600 when demand warrants it.
December 6, 2009: The outside facade of the main grandstand at BMO Field in Toronto.
November 29, 2009: Frontier Field in Rochester doesn't really have much in the way of a facade.
November 22, 2009: The Red Wings never let you forget their rather long and successful history.
November 15, 2009: The Pontiac Silverdome was built in 1975 in the far northern suburbs of Detroit and was home to the NFL's Lions from then until 2001, when the Lions moved back downtown to Ford Field. The Silverdome was one of the largest stadia in America during its lifetime, holding over 80,000 for football, and its air-supported roof was revolutionary when it went up. The Dome hosted the NBA's Pistons for a decade, and also hosted games in the 1994 World Cup. Today the Silverdome sits empty and unused - it's currently for sale, but no one knows who might be interested in buying an 80,000 lemon.
November 8, 2009: The Western Fair Sports Centre in East London is London's second arena after the JLC. The main rink holds about 1,500 and is home to the London Nationals of the WOHL.
November 1, 2009: McMorran Place in Port Huron, Michigan, is technically the second-closest out-of-town hockey arena with a major tenant to me, a mere 107 km from downtown London. Yet until this past weekend, it was terra incognita for me. I finally stopped in to see the place, and found an unrenovated 55-year-old building, quite run-down, but with decent views and capacity and a twin-grandstand design like in North Bay or Belleville. Port Huron will never host the OHL with Sarnia across the river already hosting it, but it's still an interesting rink and was well worth the stop. McMorran Place today is home to the Port Huron Icehawks of the IHL.
October 25, 2009: An exterior shot of Fifth Third Field in Toledo.
October 18, 2009: For the upcoming season I think I've decided that I'm not going to strictly stick to a hockey in the winter/other in the summer picture schedule, but instead just post whatever I want on an informal basis. But for now, it's getting colder out and hockey's back, so here a picture of the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati. The Coliseum opened in 1975 and was home to the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA, but hasn't had high level professional sports since 1979. Today it's home to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. The place seats about 17,000 and is right next to the Great American Ballpark, and in fact this picture was taken from the ballpark's upper deck concourse.
October 11, 2009: Tonight could be the last baseball ever played at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, so here's an excellent picture of the old antiseptic dump.
September 27, 2009: A shot of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, home of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. This shot was taken from the upper deck of Camden Yards.
September 20, 2009: The exterior of RFK Stadium in Washington.
September 13, 2009: Ford Field in Detroit, home of the hapless Detroit Lions.
September 6, 2009: Rochester Rhinos Stadium is the home of the United Soccer League's Rochester Rhinos. It holds about 13,000 people and is a Soccer Specific Stadium, one of the new soccer-only facilities that have been springing up across North America as the beautiful game gets a toehold on the continent.
August 30, 2009: Jarry Park in Montreal was a converted minor league park that was home of the Montreal Expos from their founding in 1969 to 1976, after which they moved into Olympic Stadium. This picture was taken in the late 1970's by correspondent Chris Nichol, in the period after the stadium closed, but before it was renovated into its current use - Uniprix Stadium, home of the Canada Masters tennis tournament.
August 23, 2009: Rochester, New York's Frontier Field was built in 1996 as the home of the Red Wings, one of the International League's most historic franchises. The park is built just outside of downtown in a gentrified neighbourhood and is a terrific minor league park, with one large grandstand, loads of room to wander around, and terrific food.
August 16, 2009: Saputo Stadium in Montreal is the home of the USL's Montreal Impact, and is one of only two major-level soccer-specific stadiums in Canada. The stadium holds about 13,000 and is built right in the shadow of Montreal's Olympic Stadium.
August 9, 2009: Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo, Ohio. The park opened in 2002 and is a tiny bandbox of a park, fitting perfectly into a run-down warehouse district that's slowly being revitalized. It's home to the Toledo Mud Hens, the longtime AAA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.
July 26, 2009: A shot of the famous glove and Coke bottle in the bleacher section of AT&T Park in San Francisco, with San Francisco Bay and the Oakland docks in the background.
July 19, 2009: A night shot of Nationals Park in Washington. Opened in 2008, the new park is in the centre of a neighbourhood in transition between industrial/naval use and what the city hopes will be a swinging night spot. The park itself was intended to be the anti-Camden Yards, with ultra-modern construction instead of retro, and it's not a bad place to watch baseball, although the team on the field leaves much to be desired.
July 12, 2009: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida is the only stadium in North America that has been the regular home to both a hockey and a baseball team. The Tampa Bay Lightning called the cavernous dome home from 1993 to 1996, although it was only ever a stopgap until their permanent home was built in downtown Tampa. Today, it's home to MLB's Tampa Bay Rays.
July 5, 2009: Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo, NY was the first real retro ballpark in the world, opening to baseball in 1988 and replacing the ancient War Memorial Stadium. While credit is usually given to Camden Yards in Baltimore, Buffalo had the prototype, and it is still an outstanding place to watch baseball. Coca-Cola Field is also among the largest parks in the minors, seating 19,500, and it is expandable to MLB size by adding an upper deck in the unlikely event that Buffalo ever got a Major League team.
June 28, 2009: Olympic Stadium in Montreal has had a chequered history, with cost overruns into the billions during construction and a tower that wasn't completed until nine years too late. It's a gigantic mega-stadium that's too big for pretty much anything, and from personal experience I can tell you that an Expos game there felt nothing like baseball. The Big Owe mostly sits empty now, with the only two major events being held there in the past several years being the 2008 Grey Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League game between Santos Laguna and the Montreal Impact that drew over 55,000.
June 21, 2009: RFK Stadium in Washington was the first of the "cookie-cutter" stadiums that once blotted the sporting landscape in the U.S. It is also the last, as those that followed, from Busch Stadium in St. Louis to Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, have all since been demolished. The Stadium opened in 1961 and is today only home to D.C. United of Major League Soccer, but also once hosted the NFL's Redskins and MLB's Senators and Nationals. It is a dingy, decrepit and dank place and is scheduled to be demolished... well, eventually, so I'm glad I was able to see it while it was still standing.
June 14, 2009: The exterior of the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
June 7, 2009: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia from the outside. The park's neighbourhood is non-existent, surrounded as it is by parking lots, but the architecture is still reasonably interesting.
May 31, 2009: Oriole Park at Camden Yards was the ballpark that started the retro craze in the Majors in the early 1990's, and it's still among the best. Whereas other parks tend to replicate certain details from the older bandboxes, Camden Yards actually replicates everything, and feels genuinely old, not just new trying to look old. It's also a great place to watch baseball, even when the Orioles are losing.
May 24, 2009: It's Cup Final Sunday, one of the greatest days on the sporting calendar every year. I don't have any extra pics of the Colisée de Rimouski to share with you today, so instead, here's another shot from after the last game at the Windsor Arena. The Spits go for the title this afternoon, and OHL pride requires me to cheer for them even though I'm hardly a Spits fan. Good luck, Spitfires.
May 17, 2009: 1st Mariner Arena is the main arena in Baltimore and was once home to various minor league hockey teams, as well as the WHA's Baltimore Blades and the NBA's Baltimore Bullets. The rink, originally called the Baltimore Civic Center, opened in 1962 and is among the oldest and smallest remaining major arenas in a large American city.
May 10, 2009: The Windsor Spitfires celebrate their OHL title in style this past Friday night at the Woofsoo.
May 3, 2009: The Verizon Center is the main arena in Washington, DC, and is home to the NHL's Capitals and the NBA's Wizards. The arena opened in 1997 and is right on the edge of DC's Chinatown, and in a nod to their local neighbourhood, the arena has Chinese signs on the outside.
April 19, 2009: And in keeping with the New England theme, this is the Hartford Civic Center, formerly home of the NHL's Hartford Whalers. The building was built in 1975 and is now home to the Hartford Wolfpack of the AHL.
April 12, 2009: Now renamed the TD Banknorth Garden, the former FleetCenter is the main arena in Boston and is home to the Bruins. Not pictured in this shot is the old Boston Garden - if this picture had been taken in 1993 it would have been a shot of the Garden, which sat directly in front of the new rink on Causeway Street.
April 5, 2009: For about seven years now, I've been thinking that one of these trips to Saginaw, I should stop in and see Perani's Arena in Flint, home to the IHL's Generals. Well, I finally did it. The rink opened in 1969 and is fairly run-down, but if the Generals were ever to move away (unlikely given how long they've been playing in town), the rink is easily OHL-standard and could be renovated fairly simply.
March 29, 2009: The exterior of Yost Ice Arena on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
March 22, 2009: The exterior of the St. Petersburg Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.
March 15, 2009: A shot of the seats from the now-demolished New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut. The Coliseum was built in 1968 and was an example of the concrete brutalist style of architecture, and in fact, the arena structure was built underneath its own parking garage. The pipes you see on the ceiling of the picture above were drainage pipes for the garage. This design would prove the Coliseum's undoing, though, as thirty-five years of New England winters and road salt corroded the rink's superstructure, and it was ultimately demolished in 2007.
March 8, 2009: The names of former players adorn every support beam in the concourse in Kitchener.
March 1, 2009: Yost Ice Arena, on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, is one of the world's great hockey arenas. Opened in 1923 and holding about 6,600, the building was only converted for hockey use in the 1970's, but the atmosphere inside is terrific and the Wolverine squads that play there are usually among the best in the NCAA. The rink is the oldest one in which I've ever attended a game, and is amazingly both run-down and well-maintained, with immaculate hallways and new executive boxes co-existing with wooden bench seats and floors. Attending a game there is worth it for the electric atmosphere alone, even if you're not really a fan of college sports.
February 22, 2009: This is 1948's Chatham Memorial Arena. The city of Chatham is the biggest in southern Ontario that's never hosted the OHL, and the Memorial Arena is a part of why, as it's well below capacity standards yet is still the main rink for the city. It is still a beautiful old rink, though, and is today home to the Junior B Maroons.
February 15, 2009: Somehow lost in the shuffle of my trip to Chicago and Milwaukee last August was the fact that I stopped off quickly at the United Center to get the exterior photo that snow and nighttime had denied me when I went to the Blackhawks game there in December 2007. So, a mere six months late, here it is. The United Center is a dominating presence surrounded by parking lots on the West Side of Chicago, across the street from the site of the old Chicago Stadium. While the neighbourhood used to be scary, gentrification from the Loop has pushed nearly to the arena now and a walk down Madison Ave. would no longer be risking your life. Also, note the Sears Tower peeking into the left background.
February 8, 2009: A spectacular inside shot of the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver from the 2007 Memorial Cup, courtesy of Andrew McQuillan.
February 1, 2009: Remember when the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup? You'll never be able to forget after staring at their billboard-sized banners for a whole game. The St. Pete Times Forum (formerly the Ice Palace) is a decent place to watch a game overall, and it's a blast watching hockey in January when it's 60 degrees and sunny outside.
January 18, 2009: You can really see the wood-grain walls in this shot of the Palais des Sports in Sherbrooke.
January 11, 2009: A scene from Scotiabank Place in Ottawa during the recent World Junior tournament prior to the Canada-Kazakhstan game.
January 4, 2009: (Someone else's) history on display in Bathurst.
December 21, 2008: We shall not see this scene again in the OHL: players congregating in the middle of the concourse at Windsor Arena waiting for the Zamboni to finish up. Here we see Ben Dubois and Austin Watson thrilled to be in pictures.
December 14, 2008: Sometimes people send you things that are totally unexpected. This is a picture of the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, New York, a rink that was built in 1973 and is home to the Binghamton Senators of the AHL. And as you can see from the picture, it's pretty much a clone of the Cornwall Civic Complex (although this one was built first).
December 7, 2008: Windsor Arena, that wretched hive of scum and villainy (that also happened to be one of the best places in the world to watch hockey), closed on Thursday with a game against the Storm. Here's a scene from the pregame ceremony, as a full house looks on.
November 30, 2008: The Milwaukee Exposition and Convention Center Arena, known popularly as the MECCA, was built in 1950 and served as the city's main rink for nearly 40 years before being replaced by the Bradley Center across the street (just barely visible in the right background) in 1988. The old building is still open, though, and hosts University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee basketball and indoor football.
November 23, 2008: An old shot of the Oshawa Civic Auditorium in 2004.
November 16, 2008: I quite like having a zoom lens. This is action at the NHL game in Montreal I went to last month.
November 9, 2008: Obstructed views at the Stade L.P. Gaucher in St-Hyacinthe. Note that the ceiling and section barriers are made of wood.
November 2, 2008: The strange, strange concourse at the Cornwall Civic Complex.
October 26, 2008: This picture, from Wikipedia, is of Matthews Arena in Boston. Matthews Arena is the oldest indoor ice hockey arena in the world, having been built in 1910, and was the original home of the Boston Bruins. It is today home to Northeastern University NCAA hockey.
October 12, 2008: Another look inside the Guelph Memorial Gardens.
October 5, 2008: Back to arena pictures for another season. This is the Bradley Center in downtown Milwaukee, home to the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals. The arena was built in 1988 and replaced the MECCA across the street.
September 28, 2008: As we say goodbye to the 2008 baseball season, here's a shot from the renovated Comiskey Park in Chicago. It's still not a fabulous park, but it's better than its reputation would have you believe.
September 21, 2008: I am a proud and dedicated hater of all things Yankee - in fact I am the owner of a Yankees Suck t-shirt. But you've gotta appreciate the history of Yankee Stadium, and with the last game ever to be played there set to go tonight, here's one more picture from my second and final visit there in June of 2007. It was in many ways a wretched place to watch a game, but it will still be missed.
September 14, 2008: Miller Park in Milwaukee casts an imposing presence.
September 7, 2008: Shea Stadium isn't going to be around for too much longer, and while I doubt many people will miss it that much, it's still worth memorializing here.
August 31, 2008: Cars from the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series line up on the front stretch at Cayuga Speedway in Nelles Corners, Ontario.
August 24, 2008: Jeff Suppan hurls the first pitch of Saturday's game at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Miller Park was a little disappointing overall - monumental and with a great atmosphere, but also stuffy, airless and claustrophobic. It does look pretty cool though.
August 17, 2008: The outfield concourse at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The concourse is open to the public even on non-gamedays (and throughout the winter), which is a terrific touch.
August 10, 2008: The Oakland Coliseum is supremely unattractive from the outside.
August 3, 2008: Continuing with the NFL theme for some reason, here's Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals. This shot was taken from the upper concourse of the Great American Ballpark; the empty parking lot in the foreground is the site of the old Riverfront Stadium.
July 27, 2008: Lincoln Financial Field is a part of the same sports complex in South Philadelphia that also houses Citizens Bank Park, the F.U. Center, and the soon-to-be-demolished Spectrum. This particular stadium is home to the NFL's Eagles.
July 20, 2008: No longer as stately thanks to a recent renovation, Chicago's Soldier Field is the ancient heart of American football. It has been home to the Bears for generations.
July 13, 2008: You had to know it was coming eventually - this is Insert Phone Company Name Here Park in San Francisco, home of the Giants. The eight-year-old ballpark is already on its third name, but it an absolutely amazing setting to take in a game. The neighbourhood surrounding the park has almost entirely been rebuilt since the Giants moved in.
July 6, 2008: Labatt Memorial Park in London is the oldest baseball park in the entire world, having originally been built all the way back in 1877. Located at the forks of the Thames River just outside downtown London, it is currently on its fourth grandstand, with the first two having washed away in floods in 1883 and 1937, and the third being demolished and replaced in 2001. The park has a capacity of about 5,500 and been home over the years to the 'AA' London Tigers, Frontier League London Werewolves, and Canadian League London Monarchs. The main tenant today is the London Majors of the Intercounty League, who have been resident there since the 1920's.
June 29, 2008: Breaking with the summer tradition for one week - this is the new WFCU Centre in Windsor, which will be home of the Spitfires from about December 2008 onwards. The building is in a new neighbourhood and has a "middle of nowhere" feel for right now, but the region will certainly develop as the new rink draws people into the area.
June 22, 2008: Candlestick Park in San Francisco, the former home of the Giants and still home to the NFL's 49ers. Long famous for being the worst major stadium ever built in America, the 'Stick is located in the middle of a ghetto, a long way from the tourist areas. It's at the end of Candlestick Point, home of the worst weather in the Bay Area, and its only neighbours are run-down old homes, an elementary school, and a small mountain. We didn't get to go in, and I definitely wouldn't recommend making the trip by public transit unless the 49ers are home. (If you have a car, you can at least drive in and out quickly.)
June 15, 2008: IRL cars zip by at 200+ MPH during a race at Michigan International Speedway in July 2005.
June 8, 2008: The New York Red Bulls warm up at BMO Field in Toronto in October 2007. BMO Field is obviously built on the cheap with aluminum stands, but the atmosphere more than makes up for it. If you can get tickets, I'd highly recommend going.
June 1, 2008: Summer pictures! First things first - getting caught up on the baseball pics since last fall. This is the Oakland Coliseum. It's a dank pit of a place, but it's filled with real baseball fans. Also, California sunshine, Oakland's garlic fries, and the A's green uniforms are all awesome.
May 25, 2008: With the Memorial Cup final set to go in less than an hour, we bid farewell to the 2007-08 CHL season in fitting fashion - with a new shot of your theatre for today's events, the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. In this shot you can see the new seats added to the back of the red sections off to the left.
May 18, 2008: The Chiefs and Bulls line up at the 2008 Memorial Cup. Yep, these were my seats for the game.
May 11, 2008: Last second of play at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in 1996.
May 4, 2008: A long-exposure shot from inside the Colisée Desjardins in Victoriaville, showing the other side of the ice.
April 27, 2008: I'm back from San Francisco, and while I never managed to make it to the Cow Palace, I did see the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena in Oakland. The place was built in 1966 and was home to the NHL's California Seals for their entire existence. Today it's still home to the NBA's Golden State Warriors. The Oakland Coliseum, home of baseball's A's and the NFL's Raiders, is right next door.
April 20, 2008: A shot of downtown Toronto including the Air Canada Centre, soon to be completely hidden by an impenetrable wall of condos.
April 13, 2008: This is Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Most hockey fans are already familiar with the place as the most palatial hockey arena in the entire world, with a rich benefactor paying to house the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux in grandeur. The rink was also the host of the 2004-05 World Juniors.
April 6, 2008: Another interior shot of the Rochester War Memorial. Most of the seats at the back of the upper deck in the far end were added in the recent renovation.
March 30, 2008: This is the 1974-vintage James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia. It's home to the Augusta Lynx of the ECHL, and yes, it's named for that James Brown. This picture is by Gary Parsons, who invites you to regard how strange that Canadian flag in the end looks.
March 23, 2008: This is Hershey Park Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Built in 1936, it's one of America's most historic minor-league arenas and was home to the AHL's Hershey Bears from 1936 to 2002, when it was replaced by the new Giant Center. The old rink is still open and hosts NCAA ECAC hockey and other tournaments. This picture was taken by Andy Ritter of Roaming the Rinks.
March 16, 2008: An interior action shot of the WHL's Everett Events Center, courtesy of the remarkably well-traveled Rhode Islander Joe Tasca.
March 9, 2008: Another inside shot of the United Center in Chicago.
March 2, 2008: Sticking with the old scanned photos theme, this is Continental Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It was built in 1981 and was home to the New Jersey Devils up until this year.
February 24, 2008: This is GM Place in Vancouver, home of the Canucks. I was there in May 2002 and had a chat with the guy at the team store about how awesome Rick Nash was going to be.
February 17, 2008: I've used this picture elsewhere on the website, but not at the higher resolution, so here it is in a better quality. As far as I am concerned, it's always gorgeous in the Sault - I have been lucky enough to enjoy great weather up there both times I've made the trip. This shot is of the rear end of the building. I feel thankful I got to take some terrific shots of the Gardens before the Philistines up there tore the old rink down.
February 10, 2008: The interior of the Rochester War Memorial. The place was extensively renovated a few years ago, with the addition of the private suites and comfortable blue seats you see here. I highly recommend the upper Gallery seats you see to the right behind the net - the angle of the seating area is incredible and the views from up there are terrific.
February 3, 2008: It's not always easy to get good concourse shots, but I'm really happy with the way this one turned out. It's a good shot to give you a sense of the "doorways" that lead into the bowl of Windsor Arena.
January 27, 2008: The Rochester War Memorial has a great name, since it's not the Arena or Gardens or Coliseum or anything. It's just the Rochester War Memorial. Period. Here, you see it on the banks of the Genesee River in downtown Rochester. To complete the image, imagine the smell of hickory smoke and BBQ sauce wafting over from the nearby Dinosaur Bar-B-Q. Delicious. (Oh, and you might hear rumours that this building now, shamefully, has a corporate moniker, but ignore them.)
January 20, 2008: The HSBC Arena in downtown Buffalo, home to the Buffalo Sabres since 1996. Originally known during construction as the Crossroads Arena and later called the Marine Midland Arena, this was the first "new" NHL arena I ever visited, and I came away very underwhelmed. I haven't been to a game here since 2002-03, and would like to go back to re-evaluate sometime soon.
January 13, 2008: The interior of the Rosemont Horizon (Allstate Arena) in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont. I had been obsessed with this place for quite some time (since it looks like a mosque from the outside and has a really cool name), but inside I found a depressingly ordinary arena, with the shallowest-raked seats I've ever seen. The place was built under the flightpath for O'Hare airport, so there were height restrictions, and as a result, it's impossible to see over the person in front of you. At least the Chicago Wolves fans were loud and passionate.
January 6, 2008: A full house of 21,715 looks on at the United Center in Chicago. After hearing for over a decade that the United Center was a terrible place to watch hockey, this game was an epiphany - the crowd was incredibly loud and knowledgeable and passionate. It was so nice to see the NHL the way it's meant to be played again, and I'd go back to see the Hawks anyday.
December 16, 2007: A shot of the interior of the Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
December 9, 2007: I had the best seats in the house when the Knights won the Memorial Cup. That day as a whole was awesome.
December 2, 2007: Another look inside the Colisée de Trois-Rivières, former home of the QMJHL's Draveurs.
November 25, 2007: This is the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City. Built in 1968 as the fourth building to bear the name, it's home to the Rangers, Knicks, and (if you care for some unknown reason) the WNBA's Liberty. There are currently discussions to tear the building down and rebuild something comparable to the old Beaux-Arts Penn Station on the site, with the Garden moving across the street. (And yes, that's the Empire State Building in the background.)
November 18, 2007: The Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, home to the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters as well as the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. This one was built in 1994 and was formerly called the Gund Arena, the only hockey facility in North America whose name sounded like a social disease.
November 11, 2007: The Igloo in Pittsburgh - the oldest arena in the NHL and one of the only ones left with a load of character. Too bad it's also a bit of a dump.
November 4, 2007: A study of the curved wooden corner seats in Val-d'Or. Note how the floor in front of the front row seats is level with the top of the boards.
October 28, 2007: This picture, submitted by correspondent Daniel Flynn, is of the MassMutal Center (formerly the Springfield Civic Center) in Springfield, Mass. It's home to the AHL Falcons. The arena also hosted the Hartford Whalers for parts of two seasons in the late 1970's while the Hartford Civic Center was being repaired following a roof collapse. It would appear "roof collapses" are the theme this month...
October 14, 2007: Although it's now officially now called the Allstate Arena, this arena is still pretty much still universally popularly called the Rosemont Horizon. Located in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont near O'Hare Airport, the Horizon finally opened in 1980 after construction was delayed by a roof collapse in 1979. The roof fell in due to shoddy workmanship while it was still under construction, killing five workers. The building was renamed in 1999 and is home to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL, as well as NCAA basketball and arena football.
October 7, 2007: This is a panoramic shot of the interior of the Centre Henry-Leonard, home to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. It was taken by Steeve of GoDrakkarGo.com.
September 23, 2007: Enough of the baseball pictures, eh? Hockey's back! This first shot of the new season is the Onondaga County War Memorial Coliseum in Syracuse, now better known by its corporate handle, the OnCenter. It's home to the Syracuse Crunch.
September 9, 2007: Another shot of the Jake in Cleveland, this one also featuring the Quicken Loans Arena in the gap between the third base stands and the scoreboard. The "Q" is the home of the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters, as well as the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.
September 2, 2007: Back from my weekend trip to Cleveland, and this is one of the better pictures I took of Jacobs Field - one of my more favourite parks I've been to.
August 26, 2007: It is a wretched hive of scum and villainy. Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
August 12, 2007: The famous sign at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
August 5, 2007: This about does it for Major League ballparks that I have digital pictures of (I have old pictures of Cleveland, Montreal and Boston too, but no access to a scanner right now). So for August, I'll be duplicating ballparks with new shots and such, and I'll post a couple pics from my trip to Cleveland on Labour Day before getting back into the weekly hockey shots. This, again, is the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
July 29, 2007: If baseball asked the question, "What would it be like to play in a a dank concrete toilet of a stadium, where the atmosphere is ruined by 747's flying low overhead at full throttle every 15 minutes?" - Shea Stadium in New York would be the answer. But hey, it looks cool.
July 22, 2007: This, on the other hand, is Tiger Stadium. And man, it was a great place to watch baseball.
July 8, 2007: It's no Tiger Stadium, but all-in-all it's still a pretty nice ballpark. Here's Comerica Park in Detroit.
July 1, 2007: In honour of Canada Day, here's an older, pre-Field Turf picture of the SkyDome in Toronto.
June 24, 2007: It's still Comiskey Park to me - the home of the White Sox in Chicago.
June 17, 2007: This is the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio, as shot from across the river in Covington, Kentucky. To the right of the picture is the U.S. Bank Arena (Riverside Coliseum), which among other things was home to the WHA's Cincinnati Stingers.
June 10, 2007: Yes, I was on the field at Yankee Stadium. Yes, it was awesome.
June 3, 2007: Sticking with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, here's PNC Park in Pittsburgh, home of the Pirates.
May 27, 2007: This week's picture is of Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. With the exception of its crappy location surrounded by parking lots, it could easily be the best in the majors, with friendly staff, great eats, and free, no-ticket standing room areas all over the stadium. You're actually encouraged to buy the cheapest ticket available and then spend the game standing behind the plate in SRO. It's a nice change and the freedom-loving, laid-back atmosphere is refreshing. It's a great place to watch a ballgame.
May 20, 2007: An action shot from a Sea Dogs-Fog Devils game at Mile One Stadium in St. John's, from March of 2006.
May 13, 2007: The exterior of Copps Coliseum in Hamilton.
May 6, 2007: The interior of Pullar Stadium in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, the same building as February 4's picture.
April 29, 2007: Another something different this week - I decided to put together a montage of the QMJHL centre ice pictures among arenas I've visited. Submissions to the montage welcome.
April 22, 2007: The outside of Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
April 15, 2007: Another inside view of the NCAA's Norris Center in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, this one showing the private suites on one side of the ice.
April 8, 2007: The interior of Nationwide Arena in Columbus. Built in 2000 and home of the Blue Jackets, it's my favourite current NHL building that I've been to and proof that a building with great views and great atmosphere can be built in the new NHL.
April 1, 2007: A shot of the old Talbot Inn that was later turned into the JLC, prior to the arena's construction. The Inn was the only building saved when the rest of the old Victorian streetscape was demolished in 1991. You can see the restored JLC Inn here.
March 25, 2007: The place that got me into hockey rinks in the first place, and still my favourite hockey arena of all time. The much-missed Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, built in 1939 and home to the Sabres from 1970 to 1996. Photo is from the last game ever and was taken by my friend Karl-Eric Reif, whom I thank.
March 17, 2007: A detail shot of the most politically incorrect thing in junior hockey - the flying Indian in Shawinigan. It's wheeled out over the ice after every Cats goal.
March 4, 2007: The interior of the ACC in Toronto, taken during my (to date) only visit there in 2003.
February 18, 2007: You can really see why it's nicknamed the Igloo. This is Pittsburgh Civic Arena, also corporately known as Mellon Arena.
February 11, 2007: The stuffed wolf looks down on the ice at Sudbury Arena following a Wolves goal.
February 4, 2007: This is Pullar Stadium in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Built in 1939, it was home for many years to the Detroit Red Wings' training camp.
January 28, 2007: The tasteful Art Deco lobby at Sudbury Arena.
January 21, 2007: The 1996-vintage Junior B Fort Erie Leisureplex in Fort Erie, Ontario.
January 14, 2007: This is the exterior of Cahill Stadium in Summerside, P.E.I. (see March 12, 2006's picture).
January 7, 2007: Formerly used on the OHA History page in black and white, here's that same shot of 1932's Belleville Memorial Arena in colour.
December 17, 2006: An interior shot of the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, taken from a catwalk high above the ice that somehow is publicly accessible. The whole building is a collection of crazy catwalks and hallways that could confuse even a seasoned veteran of the place.
December 10, 2006: Pandemonium outside the John Labatt Centre following the Knights' Memorial Cup win in 2005.
December 3, 2006: A reposted Junior B picture of the St. Thomas-Elgin Memorial Centre in St. Thomas, Ontario.
November 26, 2006: This is the front marquee sign of the North Bay Memorial Gardens. Photo by Eric Boutilier.
November 19, 2006: This is the interior of 1927's Varsity Arena on the campus of the University of Toronto. The first arena in Ontario built without interior support columns, the rink has never been renovated apart from some minor shoring up and structural work and still features the same Himalayan-inclined bowl and wooden seats as the day it opened.
November 12, 2006: An exterior shot of the same Pepsi Centre as October 8's picture from Corner Brook, Newfoundland.
November 5, 2006: This is the main arena at the Woodstock Community Complex in Woodstock, Ontario. Built in the late 1990's, for some reason this 2000-seat arena doesn't even have a junior B team to call it home, as its top tenant is the Junior C Woodstock Navy Vets. I don't claim to understand why a city the size of Woodstock with a new, decent-sized arena doesn't even have Junior B, although such plans are apparently afoot.
October 29, 2006: Another picture from my Labour Day trip to Philadelphia, this is the Wachovia Center. Originally named the CoreStates Centre and then the First Union Center, the building is a decade old and already on its third name. God, I hate corporate naming rights. To me, the First Union name was always the best, since Philly fans gave the building what remains its nickname - the F.U. Center. It's located across the parking lot from the old Spectrum and is today home to the Flyers and 76ers.
October 22, 2006: This is the rebuilt Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto that opened as the home of the ill-fated Toronto Roadrunners AHL team and is today home to the Toronto Marlies. Originally the CNE Coliseum and built on the Exhibition Grounds in 1907, the arena was gutted on the inside and completely rebuilt in 2003 before the AHL arrived. Today the exterior walls are ancient painted brick but the rest of the building is a new, modern 10,000-seat arena.
October 15, 2006: Another re-posted Junior B picture, this is Chatham Memorial Arena in Chatham, Ontario. Built in 1948, it is home to the Chatham Maroons.
October 8, 2006: This is another potential future expansion building for the QMJHL - the Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Opened in 1997 in anticipation of the 1999 Canada Winter Games and replacing the old Humber Gardens, the Pepsi Centre seats around 3100 and could potentially host the Q at some point in the future.
October 1, 2006: The Junior B rinks on this site are gone, while the most interesting pictures of the Junior B rinks will eventually be reposted here, on Picture of the Week. But in the meantime, I never did get around to Petrolia until after I removed the B section, so to finish the league, here's a shot of the Greenwood Recreation Centre, built in 1961 and home of the Jets.
September 24, 2006: This is the old Spectrum in Philadelphia, built in 1967 as the original home of the Philadelphia Flyers. It's still standing, a parking lot away from the new Wachovia Center, and is today home to the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL.
September 17, 2006: An exterior shot of the same Aitken Centre in Fredericton.
September 10, 2006: If the QMJHL ever expands to Fredericton, New Brunswick, this will probably be where the team plays. This is the Aitken Centre on the campus of the University of New Brunswick. Built in 1978, it is home to the UNB Varsity Reds, and also once hosted the AHL's Fredericton Canadiens and Fredericton Express.
August 20, 2006: This is Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati, Ohio. Built in 1949, it is laid out on the inside as a smaller copy of Maple Leaf Gardens. It has been home to numerous Cincinnati hockey teams over the years, most recently the Mighty Ducks of the AHL.
August 13, 2006: A closeup outside shot of Harbour Station in Saint John, New Brunswick.
August 6, 2006: Another shot of obstructed views in Halifax.
July 30, 2006: Packed to the rafters in Windsor for a playoff game. I like this shot because you can really see how tight the building is when it's full.
July 23, 2006: Another shot of the Halifax Forum, this time from the side facing Windsor St.
July 16, 2006: Another interior shot of the Cornwall Civic Complex. You can really see the four-grandstand design and the open space surrounding the ice surface. Theoretically they should be able to install bleachers down there if the OHL were ever to return.
July 9, 2006: The ornate front facade of the Galt Arena Gardens.
July 2, 2006: I've been making fun of this plaque for years and now you all finally get to see it. It's the rather grandiose cornerstone of Sudbury Arena. Photo by Jason Hodgson.
June 25, 2006: A shot of the imposing Dundas Street facade of the JLC.
June 18, 2006: Something a little different this week - this is The Bay's flagship store at the Eaton Centre in Toronto. Last year the movie Cinderella Man was filming in Toronto and the filmmakers made up the Bay to look like the old Madison Square Garden in New York that was demolished in 1968.
June 11, 2006: Another shot of St. Michael's College Arena in Toronto, this time showing a little more of the tiny grandstand and the glassed-in lounge above the net.
June 4, 2006: A detail shot of the intricate front facade of the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.
May 28, 2006: Another shot of Joe Louis Arena.
May 21, 2006: A head-on shot of the exterior of Peterborough Memorial Centre.
May 14, 2006: Apologies for the interruption. This week's picture is a shot of the Peterborough Memorial Centre, taken from the back of the gallery.
April 23, 2006: St. John's Memorial Stadium, abandoned since 2002 and awaiting the wrecker's ball. The building was the former home of the St. John's Maple Leafs. This shot was taken earlier in the year before demolition commenced; as of today, the main building is still standing but the grounds have been torn up as sitework on the new grocery store that will occupy the land in the future has begun.
April 16, 2006: A forlorn-looking London Ice House with all signage removed. This picture was taken when the building was between owners and had no one looking after it.
April 9, 2006: A fitting goodbye to the Sault Gardens, which witnessed its last ever hockey game earlier this week as the youth hockey season wrapped up. Demolition will start soon. This picture was taken out of my hotel room window in Sault Ste. Marie.
April 2, 2006: This is another interior shot from the Sault Memorial Gardens. You can see one of the the slanted sections of seats under the press box.
March 25, 2006: The next few weeks of Picture of the Week will feature shots from the Sault Memorial Gardens, slated for closure at the end of the Hounds' playoffs this year. This week's shot is of the main lobby.
March 19, 2006: The backside of the Oshawa Civic Auditorium. You can really see in this picture how tiny it is from the rear, due to it being built into the side of a hill.
March 12, 2006: This is Cahill Stadium in Summerside, P.E.I. Built in 1952, it is one of Canada's best-preserved unrenovated old hockey rinks.
March 5, 2006: I really just like this shot of Windsor Arena. It's framed nicely.
February 26, 2006: In commemoration of the current demolition of Guelph Memorial Gardens, here's a shot of the building in happier times. The small grey building in front is City Hall. You can also see the building's roofline and the ridiculously thick nineteenth-century wall.
February 19, 2006: This week features a picture of Varsity Arena on the campus of the University of Toronto. Built in 1927, Varsity Arena was the first arena in Ontario to be built without interior support columns.
February 12, 2006: An interior shot of the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, the oldest rink in the NHL.
February 5, 2006: This week's picture is a shot of Belleville Memorial Arena in Belleville, Ontario. Home of the old Allan Cup champion McFarlands, the arena was built in 1932 and is the last arena in Ontario with an analog scoreclock, although a modern digital clock is also used these days.




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