Review of new AHC of Corona from Saturday
So I started my new league at AHC on Saturday afternoon and here are a few of my thoughts on the new place.
First off, as far as the league itself started off, I was very upset to get our first game notice on Thursaday night. Basically with 24 hours notice we were only able to get five skaters and a goalie together. I'd figure that with months to get things together there could be at least a 1 week notice. Anyways, after most people probably hadn't skated in the past 3 moths or so, we were allowed a whole 60 seconds of warmup. So me being the goalie, I was allowed to get in a whole 2 warmup shots. I'm not sure what the big hurry was on Saturday because games were only scheduled to around 7 or 8. When it came to actual gameplay everything went pretty well, the refs let us play and from a goalie's viewpoints the rink felt fine(we played on rink 2). The only thing that kinda sucked was that there is only 1 scoreboard at the south end of each rink, so in the second half I had the clock behind me and couldn't always turn around to count off penalties. I'm not sure if this is the permanent set-up or if they're going to put in more scoreboards later.
The actual facility is still a work in progress. There are no seats of any kind anywhere, so my wife and newborn probably won't be coming out this season. The paint was still pretty fresh and the locker room doors had no handles. The locker rooms were also missing stick racks for Saturdays games. The pro shop and seating look to be a few seasons away, and I don't see how anyone will be able to watch a game on the far rink without having to stand next to the glass the whole time. There is no room for an kind of seating as far as I can see, and even if they build the mezzanine seating, you'd have to watch a game on the far rink by looking over the near rink. I also found the front door area a little hard to manuver through with goalie equipment as the front desk is to your immediate right when you walk in and there was a logjam of people right in front, although this could be blamed on people registering. I have to say that the working air conditioning was awesome. There were times at the old place that I thought I would pass out from the lack of air, but after Saturdays game I felt pretty good after not getting any warm-up and not playing siince last September.
Overall, I was just really happy to be playing again. The biggest negative was the lack of notice for the start of the season, but that was a problem in Anaheim also. It should be pretty interesting in the next few seasons to see how the facility develops and what the influence of the Ducks partnership has on the place. I hope the rest of you who play there this week have a good time.