A scheduling conflict at West Point has forced Section 1 officials to find a new venue for the upcoming hockey championships.
Brewster Ice Arena will play host to the Feb. 24 title games.
The championships have been played at Tate Rink on the USMA campus since 2009, but the adjoining Christl Arena will be hosting Army-Navy wrestling that afternoon. Section 1 officials were notified of the issue earlier in the school year and requested bids from the only two local facilities with enough parking and seating to host.
Playland is off line until next fall due to damage from Superstorm Sandy.
Sport-O-Rama in Monsey also submitted a bid. The final decision was made by the Section 1 Championship Committee, and school athletic directors signed off last week.
An e-mail informing coaches of the move went out Tuesday.
“I’m good with it,” said Pelham coach Ed Witz, whose team has won back-to-back Division 2 titles. “We just want to get there. I liked West Point, it was a special place to do the game, but for me as a coach, they could play the game in a parking lot in Pelham and I’d be good with it. We just want to get there. I think it will be fine (at Brewster) unless there’s a home team there.”
Brewster Ice Arena will be installing temporary bleachers in the 98 Rink to increase capacity to 800 seats. The facility, which is located on Fields Lane, minutes off Interstate 684, has enough parking for 525 cars.
“We’re very excited,” rink owner and Kennedy/Putnam Valley/Haldane coach Steve Santini said. “We’re home to 13 high school teams. We’ve hosted a number of the outbracket games over the years, but I remember one in the late ’90s between Fox Lane and Beekman where the rink was just packed. It was a great atmosphere, so I assume this will be as good or better.”