The NHL, in partnership with the National Hockey League Players Association, today announced that it will begin a pilot program that will test out new tools to help owners better understand and plan for the construction of new arenas, arenas-only arenas, and multi-purpose arenas.
The program, called Arena Access, will begin in early 2016 and will be expanded over the coming years.
“We have always believed that the best way to build a championship arena is to build it right,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
“It’s the same principle that we have used to help build NHL arenas: a partnership of the people, the builders, and the NHL.
This pilot program is a great opportunity for the public to share their ideas, and to gain insight into what can be done with these new tools.
We’re excited to see how this pilot program can help grow the sport of hockey in the U.S. and around the world.”
The pilot program will be open to all NHL owners, as well as other teams and leagues that participate in the NHLPA’s Sports Access Program, which provides access to the NHL, NHLPA and NHL players’ union for free.
It will also allow owners to share feedback on the tool, which is available to the public via an interactive website.
The tool will include a built-in tool that will allow owners of multi-use arenas to identify which elements of their arena can be used for arena use, as a means of assessing the potential for growth.
The tool will also provide a built in checklist for all arena owners to check to make sure their arena is in the best position to serve their community.
“The Hockey Access Program was built on trust and we are pleased to have a partner in the National Basketball Association that shares our values of community, cooperation and shared responsibility for the building of great arenas,” said Mike Regan, NHL executive vice president and chief operating officer.
“The NHLPA is committed to providing our partners with the tools and information they need to help us build a more inclusive, inclusive game in the United States and around a shared goal of building the best arenas for hockey fans.”
The NHL also announced a partnership with Major League Baseball’s Advanced Analytics and Analytics Research, Inc., to provide the NHL with analytics data, analytics tools and analytics platforms that will be available through the NHL Analytics API.
The NHL is also working with the NFL’s Advanced Media Lab and NFL Partners on the launch of a new video-game analytics platform that will provide real-time and comprehensive data on player behavior, team performance, and play.
The NHL has also partnered with the UMass Institute of Technology to develop an app that will help owners identify the top-performing teams in the country and share this information with their teams.
This app will also be available to NHL teams through a partnership that also includes the University of Michigan.
In addition to providing a tool to help with planning arena building, the NHL will offer a platform to owners and partners to connect directly with players, and other stakeholders, on a range of issues related to arena construction.
The app will help to identify areas that are most important to the construction and operation of an arena.
“Building a great arena is about more than building a building,” said Daly.
“It’s about building a community that wants to be a part of the game, and our team is committed for the long-term success of our teams and players.
It’s an exciting time to be involved in this project.”