Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena – Binghamton, New York

General Impression: Another ‘home’ for us, and hence another biased view.  The Arena, as it’s usually referred to here in Binghamton, has been home to hockey since the early 70’s.  Anyone that’s grown up in Broome County and the surrounding area has at one time or another sat in the dark blue seats under the orange ceiling and cheered on the Dusters or Whalers or Rangers or Icemen or Senators.  Many of us, myself included, spent most of our Friday and Saturday winter nights in this building, and to an extent still do to this day.  It’s old, outdated, in need of replacement, and still home.  As with the ballpark in Binghamton, though, it’s what we have and what we’ll always have.  Chances of a new building ever being put up are slim to none, and slim just left town.

Food and Libatons: On the main concourse, there are three permanent concession stands.  In addition, each ‘corner’ has semi-permanent stands, and a somewhat hidden concession stand is found on the first floor under the seating area.  All stands sell what you would expect at a hockey game in the northeast, with the local flavor – a spiedie – being the unique dish.

Parking: As areas around the Arena are developed, the available parking spaces continues to diminish.  A parking ramp sits at the corner of State and Hawley Streets, a short half block walk from the Arena, and the Holiday Inn on Hawley Street offers parking as well.  Each usually charge in the realm of $5.00 on gamenights. 

Programs/Scorecards: You pay for ’em.

Complaints/Gripes: With the building itself, not much.  The concourse could be wider (it gets VERY crowded when the place is full), the building itself could seat more, or be a bit ‘brighter’, but all in all, it is what it is – the place we grew up watching hockey being played, and until it is no more in Binghamton the place we will go to cheer the home team on.

Yes/No/Maybe: Of course yes, but just not as much as we used to.

Pictures/Info: Broome County Arena on Tim and Jill’s Travelogue.

This page was created on May 25, 2010

 

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