CANTON, N.Y. (WWNY) - Hockey season will be well underway before any teams face off at Appleton Arena. Construction delays have pushed St. Lawrence University’s home-openers back to November 29.
St. Lawrence University men's hockey players take to the ice for practice. Not at their fabled Appleton Arena, but at Roos House at SUNY Canton. And that will go on for awhile.
“By the time they actually play their games there, it's going to have a home feel for them because they've been practicing there quite awhile,” said Bob Durocher, St. Lawrence University athletic director.
The men will play four games with Roos House as their 'home' ice. Construction delays at Appleton have pushed back the first game there. It's being totally renovated at a cost of $17 million. Officials say they want everything just right before the fans pour in.
“The time that we’re not at Appleton Arena, in their minds it’s worth every minute, of being able to complete that -- and still practicing at a pretty high-level place,” said Durocher.
Both games of the men's traditional two-day series against rival Clarkson University will be played at Clarkson. The SLU women's team will play six games at SUNY Canton. The first game at Appleton for both programs is now scheduled for November 29. And of course, SUNY Canton men and women are still practicing at Roos House.
“We've been able to squeeze everybody in...We've been able to accommodate the teams for the most part between 3 and 9 every day,” said Randy Sieminski, SUNY Canton athletic director.
Squeezing in fans will be another story. Appleton has about three times the capacity as the Roos House rink. They'll boost Roos House capacity by selling 300 standing-room tickets.
You'll be able to buy those standing room-only tickets on Main Street in Canton. The plan is to make them available from various merchants and restaurants.
When the Appleton project was announced, it was expected to be complete for men’s and women’s opening games. But in August that was pushed back to mid-October. The latest delay was announced last week.