Sacred Heart Moving Home Games to Webster Bank Arena
CHN Staff Report
Sacred Heart has reached a five-year agreement to have its home games played in nearby Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., beginning immediately.
Webster Bank Arena hosts the AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, and has been home to a number of NCAA tournament Regionals.
"Being able to call a venue such as Webster Bank Arena our home is an important step for our hockey program and to provide the best opportunity for our student-athletes," SHU athletic director Bobby Valentine said in a statement. "The game day experience for our student-athletes, alumni and fans will be tremendous and we are excited about what the season and future will bring."
The Pioneers' long-time home, Milford Ice Pavilion, has a capacity of just 1,000 people, whereas Webster can hold 8,525 for hockey.
As part of the agreement, SHU hockey will have a dedicated locker room within WBA. The facility will include athletic training and equipment areas, as well as a team room and coaches offices.
The Pioneers' 2016-17 home regular season schedule begins on October 15 when 2015 NCAA Division I National Champion Union College visits WBA for a 2 p.m. contest. SHU will play 14 games at Webster Bank Arena, including a Nov. 13 Sunday matinee with the defending Atlantic Hockey regular season champion, Robert Morris University. SHU also welcomes Niagara, Air Force, Mercyhurst, Holy Cross, Canisius and Bentley during the regular season.
"I am grateful for the commitment of the university to the SHU hockey program," coach C.J. Marottolo stated. "The new locker room will have custom lockers and provide a home for our current players, and being in a venue such as Webster Bank Arena will be an asset to our recruiting."