The NWHL announced Wednesday morning that its Isobel Cup winning team would move home arenas for the upcoming 2016-17 season. The Boston Pride are to leave Harvard’s Bright-Landry Hockey Center for the Warrior Ice Arena, located not quite two miles upstream via the Charles River in Brighton, Mass.
Warrior Ice Arena is part of the Boston Landing Development and is the Boston Bruins’ practice facility. It seats only 660 whereas the Bright-Landry Center seats 3,095.
In addition to a rink the center contains six locker rooms, a 2,000 square foot event room, retail and restaurant space as well as two concession stands. It is not yet known if the arena will be as broadcast-friendly to the NWHL, which alternated between streaming its games on YouTube and ESPN3 or broadcasting a handful of tilts on NESN, a television sports network local to New England. Harvard featured camera platforms, a broadcast booth and a press box for media.
Fans can watch a video detailing amenities the new rink will offer here.
It’s quite a drastic decrease in seating, as NWHL routinely entertained an average of approximately 800 fans per game.
“The NWHL and the Boston Pride are very happy to join the new hockey community at Warrior Ice Arena,” said Boston’s general manager Hayley Moore, quoted in the press release. “We’d like to thank NB Development Group for their help in bringing us into the fold for next season.”
NB Development Group is the company managing the development of Boston Landing.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Boston Pride, our second professional team to Warrior Ice Arena and our third to the overall Boston Landing Development,” Jay Rourke, general manager for Warrior Ice Arena, said via the release. “After their historic first season that culminated with a title win, it will be exciting for local and national fans to watch them in action at our Arena.”