Most intimidating arena down with dating feeling gloomy
Develop a bit more energy, exciting and even an appropriate touch of “opponent hatred” throughout the building.
Remembering that the opponent is the enemy (in the sports sense), treating them as such and making them understand it should be part of the process. When the Rangers, Islanders, Flyers or Penguins come to town, the theme should be competition.
But it certainly is a far cry from the hostile environments I typically observed growing up in the City of Brotherly Love at the Spectrum and the Vet, as well as some other venues around the NHL today.
We can’t go back to the Animal House days of the 1970’s, that’s fairly obvious, but are there some ways to make The Rock a bit less hospitable for our honored guests? It is certainly a lot harder, even today, to play a hockey game in Philadelphia, New York, Vegas or Nashville than it is in Newark. Nothing is more imposing than an arena filled to the rafters with rabid fans waiting in anticipation for a clash.
Use music to raise the intensity and anticipation level to a playoff level atmosphere each and every night!
The Devils really need to fill these seats with real Devils fans!
Opened: 1990Capacity: 10,167 One might ask why this spot made our list, since the UConn men only play half -- or fewer -- of their home games in the iconic on-campus dome.
And should you find yourself in a college hoops hotbed this winter -- or even in San Diego -- there are a few arenas you absolutely must visit.Coach Wooden didn't believe in home court advantages and designed an arena with seats far from the court, which, even after a 2011 renovation, leaves the best part of this arena as the banners in the rafters and Leo Di Caprio on the sidelines.