As anyone who lives or visits Boston can attest to, the city has a great deal to offer. Among these things is ample opportunity to enjoy a variety of different sports. In fact, the city is so sports-oriented that it was recently named one of the top cities for sports enthusiasts in the country. In addition to boasting a number of sports teams, the city also offers a variety of sports venues and arenas that provide residents and visitors with the opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite teams. Or, if they like, they can even learn how to play like them.
Boston Named Second Best Sports City in the Country
According to a recent analysis conducted by financial website WalletHub, Boston is the second-best city in the country for sports. The city scored particularly high for basketball and hockey fans, though it also does get a nod for football and baseball fans as well. While the city did not get high scores for soccer fans, the proposed downtown soccer stadium might help push the city into the number one position in the future. A number of factors were taken into consideration when determining the best cities for sports fans, including the performance level of the local teams and the number of sports bars available in the city.
Learn to Play Hockey
In addition to offering a number of different sports teams and sports bars throughout the city, Boston also offers special activities that are sure to please the sports fan. Among these is the opportunity to learn to play hockey at Warrior Ice Arena, which is the new practice facility of the Boston Bruins. As part of this program, participants of all ages get lessons from the facility’s coaches to help them learn how to play hockey. The cost of the program is $25 per person.
If you aren’t quite ready to learn how to play hockey because you still have to learn how to skate, the arena also offers Learn to Skate programs. Youth programs and goalie programs are also available. Public skating is also available for $8 per adult and $7 for children 12 and under. If you do not have your own skates, the arena has over 500 skates – both hockey and figure skates – available for rent that range in size from kids 6 to adult 15. The arena also offers skate sharpening services at a cost of $7 per pair.
If you prefer to stay off the ice, but you love hockey, you can also come to the arena to watch the Bruins practice. All practices are open to the public and free to attend.
The Warrior Ice Arena is located at 90 Guest Street in Boston. Parking is located at the rear of the building and can be accessed via the Service Road that runs parallel with the Massachusetts Turnpike. Parking is not free and is based on the events taking place in the area as well as the time the vehicle is parked in the garage.