Power 5 schools that could most easily add NCAA men's hockey based on existing arena availability

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  1. Big Z Man 1990

    Big Z Man 1990 Registered User

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    Outside of the California FBS schools of course which I have mentioned numerous times:

    ACC:
    Florida State (arena: Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, previously used by multiple minor pro teams including an ECHL team, also used by FSU basketball teams since 1981)
    Georgia Tech (arena: Philips Arena, currently only has one major tenant, the NBA's Hawks, last hockey tenant, the Thrashers, moved to Winnipeg in 2011)
    Miami (arena: BB&T Center, only has ever had one major tenant, the NHL's Florida Panthers)
    Pittsburgh (arena: PPG Paints Arena, only has ever had one major tenant, the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins)
    Wake Forest (arena: Greensboro Coliseum, used by multiple pro and college tenants over the years,
    currently houses a NBA G-League team and the basketball teams of UNC Greensboro)

    Big 12:
    Oklahoma (arena: Chesapeake Energy Arena, only current tenant is NBA's OKC Thunder, last hockey tenant, the CHL's Blazers, left in 2009)

    Big Ten (only current FBS conference to sponsor hockey):
    Northwestern (arena: Allstate Arena, only current permanent tenant is the AHL's Chicago Wolves following DePaul's departure in 2017).
    Rutgers (arena: Prudential Center, only permanent tenant thus far has been the New Jersey Devils, the Nets played there 2 years while waiting for Barclays Center to be completed)

    Pac-12:
    Utah (arena: Vivint Smart Home Arena, only current tenant is Utah Jazz, last hockey tenant, the Grizzlies, left in 1997)

    SEC:
    Kentucky (arena: Rupp Arena, used already by men's basketball team, previously used by 2 minor league hockey teams)
    Tennessee (arena: Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, used by Knoxville Ice Bears of SPHL as well as by Tennessee's current club team so nothing would change if program upgraded to varsity status)
    Vanderbilt (arena: Bridgestone Arena, only major winter tenant has been the Predators)

    The reason for using existing venues is to cut back on start up costs by not investing money into building a new venue. So few Power 5 schools have are near arenas that have so many openings during the traditional college hockey season and yet don't have NCAA hockey. This isn't to say that these schools will add the sport, it's merely a suggestion. And if at least four of the ACC schools mentioned added the sport, it would bring the number of schools with hockey in the conference to 6 - and you know what that means.
     
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    The problem with using existing arenas is finding the open dates on Friday and Saturday nights through the fall/winter. Nearly all NCAA games are played on Friday and Saturday nights. This is why schools need an on-campus arena. Arizona State plays a couple of games per season in the Coyotes arena, but plays the majority of their home games in a rink that seats under 1000.
     
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    Wake Forest is incorrect. The university is actually much, much closer to the Winston-Salem Annex, a 4,000 seat arena that needs work. Also, it doesn't have a major tennant if you don't count the FHL Carolina Thunderbirds, which I can't see lasting more than a season.

    As with ScottK said, availability in many of the arenas you listed wouldn't work. As far as NCAA D 1, the only one that makes sense to me in Southeast would be Florida State and the much overlooked Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Liberty has a nice 4,000 seat arena on campus. Doesn't need to be a "Power 5" school, just need to be a school with deep pockets (donors to spare).
     
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    Good list thanks for putting it together.

    How about Nebraska? Lincoln Stars right there, but would you just consider their arena to be too small?

    I would think Northwestern or Rutgers would be the next to join of the Power 5 schools. They should up the number of teams you need for a conference to 8. Big Ten hockey coming in screwed up some great conferences (mostly the old WCHA). But that's just my two cents on it

    Alaska already has their teams, the big Washington and Oregon schools would be cool to see too. WHL already there though...
     
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    Lincoln's arena has seating for 3,500, more than enough for hockey.
     
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    Right now the plans for the site of the Meadowlands Arena is to build a hotel and casino. Maybe Rutgers can sway the people in charge to build a more intimate hockey arena for the Scarlet Knights instead. That could work.
     
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    To the best of my memory all the ice hockey stuff is still in the arena. Why bother do anything than just get the former IZOD center running and just use the lower bowl like the Edmonton Oil Kings do (or did) with the oilers).
     
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    NCAA Hockey is not economically feasible unless the university owns & operates the arena. The cost of renting any of the facilities you mention would be prohibitive.
     
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    I know a brick wall is more likely to answer than Big Z Man, but I'm curious if he knows the Title IX situations of each school and can figure out a source of capital for these (or any) other schools.
     
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    Certainly not a Power 5 school, but uscho.com reported that Oakland University in Detroit is looking to add D1 men's and women's hockey.
     
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    Correct. The Joel Annex was built right next to the Joel Coliseum (home of WF mens and women's basketball) because the Coliseum was not built with Hockey in mind. The G-Boro Coliseum is already busy during most of the calendar year, it actually plays host to a lot of concerts that don't go to either Charlotte or Raleigh, is home to the ACC Tournament, UNC-G mens and women's basketball, the NBA D-Leagues Greensboro Swarm (though they play in an annex similar to that of the Joel Coliseum, it is on the very same land), and various other events. If the ECHL ever makes a return to the Triad, thats where the team will likely play.

    Another one that could work would be the Carolina Coliseum (U of South Carolina). I don't know what regulation-sized ice the NCAA uses but the CC isn't built for it, but that didn't stop the ECHLs Columbia Inferno from playing there for 6 years.

    I suppose if NC State ever got a team, Dorton Arena (former home of the ECHL Icecaps) could be a potential home, that is if they ever get a proper AC unit installed.

    This is all just crazy speculation anyway, but it's a fun topic nonetheless.
     

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