Metro Seattle: NHL, NBA and Arena - Part VI
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03-20-2013, 06:03 PM
Hockey Autograph Guy
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Seattle, WA
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The only major hockey facility I found in Bellingham is the Bellingham Sportsplex, which is home to the
(NORPAC Tier III Junior A) and the
Western Washington (Univ.) Vikings
website does not have seating information. However, one
page from the Blazers web site
indicates that there are not that many seats. An article from the
team's recent playoff game
indicated that there were over 500 people in attendance.
The Bellingham Sportsplex is more of a recreational rink for youth and amateur hockey, and has no actual arena seating. It's similar to the Olympic View Arena, Kingsgate, etc. That works fine for Tier III Junior A leagues, but definitely not the WHL.
Someone mentioned Wenatchee, which would be interesting. I'm not sure how their attendance has been, but if their move to the BCHL works out well, they could become a WHL candidate. (Any Central WA-based fans, please chime in
Regarding what the Northwest is, I've always considered the PNW to be the following:
- Western Washington and Western Oregon (a.k.a. Cascadia). Everything from the Cascades to the coast in these two states, from the Canadian border down to Eugene.
- The Inland Northwest: Central and Eastern Washington, the Idaho Panhandle, and western Montana (Missoula, Kalispell/Flathead Valley and westward). This area is fused together economically.
- Eastern Oregon and the rest of Idaho (Boise, etc) are gray areas. Eastern Montana and Eastern Idaho definitely feel more Midwest/Rocky Mountain.
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