Webster Bank Arena (WBA) and Sacred Heart University (SHU) announced a new five-year partnership for the Pioneers to play their Home games at the facility beginning this season.
“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,” said SHU Executive Director of Athletics Bobby Valentine. “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.”
“We are extremely pleased to add Sacred Heart Hockey to our impressive list of year-round entertainment,” said Michael Picker, President of Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment. “We know our first-class facility will be a great asset to the University as it looks to upgrade its hockey program.”
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 November 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,” head coach CJ 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.”
Season tickets and individual ticket plans will go on sale on Tuesday, September 20 at 10:00 a.m. Season ticket packages can be purchased by calling 203-396-TIXX. Single-game tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Webster Bank Arena Click It Or Ticket Box Office.
Webster Bank Arena
Webster Bank Arena has been home to the New York Islanders’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, since the team’s inception in 2001. In fact, 12 players on the Islanders’ current roster have previously played with Bridgeport. Webster Bank Arena is home to nearly 150 events each year including sporting events, family shows, concerts and much more.
Sacred Heart University
Sacred Heart University plays hockey in the Atlantic Hockey Association and is a full-member of the Northeast Conference (NEC), sponsoring 32 varsity sports. In 2015-16 the Pioneers became the first NEC member to win the Brenda Weare Commissioner’s Cup and the NEC Institutional Academic Award, as well as the NEC Building Communities Award.