Arenas of the Western Hockey League - U.S. Division

WHL

 




Silvertips

Angel of the Winds Arena
Everett, Washington
Home of the Everett Silvertips
Built 2003

Angel of the Winds Arena

Everett is a Seattle suburb best known as the home of Boeing. Unlike in the OHL, where suburban teams have failed like Apple Newton, suburban teams in Seattle seem to have succeeded. The arena in Everett, from internet pictures, closely resembles the Budweiser Gardens in London, and the Silvertips have a dedicated fan base. The rink itself is attractive enough in red brick on the fringe of Everett's downtown, such as it is.

 




Portland Winterhawks

Memorial Coliseum
Portland, Oregon
Home of the Portland Winterhawks
Built 1960

Portland Memorial Coliseum

The Portland Memorial Coliseum was built in 1960 and is one of the few arenas that a) was and is considered groundbreaking by architects, and b) is on the National Register of Historic Places in the US. The Winterhawks play about half their season at the Coliseum each year, and one hopes it remains open for long into the future.

 




Portland Winterhawks

Moda Center
Portland, Oregon
Home of the Portland Winterhawks
Built 1995

Rose Garden

Moda Center

Across the parking lot from the Coliseum, the Moda Center is an NBA arena that also hosts the Winterhawks for about half their schedule each year.

 




Seattle Thunderbirds

ShoWare Center
Kent, Washington
Home of the Seattle Thunderbirds
Built 2009

ShoWare Center

ShoWare Center

The Thunderbirds moved out to the southern Seattle suburbs in 2009. Measured from Seattle Center (where Key Arena is located), the ShoWare Center is 22 miles away - whereas the arena in Everett is 28 miles to the north. And yes, having two teams in a massive city fifty miles apart isn't too many, but it's more just interesting that the Kent team can still call itself "Seattle" even though Kent is practically halfway to Tacoma.

 




Chief

Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
Spokane, Washington
Home of the Spokane Chiefs
Built 1995

Spokane Arena

Spokane Arena is a modern building located in Spokane's somewhat frightening downtown. We drove through Eastern Washington during the middle of one of the biggest droughts in recorded history, and missed being hit by the forest fire by a matter of weeks. We could actually see the smoke off on the horizon while spending the night in Chelan, and miles and miles of brown brush we drove through was on fire within days after we passed. Another interesting thing is that a very nice lady works at the arena who let us use her phone to call Dollar Rent-A-Car to report a cracked windshield.

 






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