Dave Cottenie, Stadium Journey

New Review: Rochester Americans

The second oldest team in the American Hockey League resides in one of the country's best minor league cities, Rochester, New York. Special Correspondent Nick Bonk updates our review of the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial, home of the Rochester Americans.

If you are familiar with the American Hockey League, you will undoubtedly have heard of the Rochester Americans.

The Amerks, as locals refer to them, are the second oldest active AHL franchise, running from 1956 to present day and have played in Downtown Rochester at Blue Cross Arena throughout their entire existence. The city of Rochester and the Americans are in prime location to their NHL affiliate Buffalo Sabres and their ECHL affiliate Elmira Jackals making the Sabres organization one of the best. It's great, especially for fans of these teams, as the longest you would have to drive is three hours to see any of the players, teams, or arenas. The proximity to the entire organization also gives a boost to the fanbase as it makes it easy for even a casual fan to enjoy and follow what happens through the season to their players.

Opened in 1955 as The Rochester Community War Memorial, the arena has hosted the Americans since their league incorporation in 1956. Being one of the oldest arenas in the league, one could imagine that arena upgrades would be instituted to keep up with league and fan standards. In 1998 after a vast renovation project, the arena would reopen as Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial and has remained that way through the present day.

Rochester is a great Minor League sports city. whether it be MILB, AHL, or various collegiate leagues. Fans find a way to support them all and with The Amerks' close proximity to their affiliates, one can guess that the organization boasts some strong and loyal fans.

The team itself as also done very well for itself in 60+ years. The team boasts 6 Calder Cup championships and many other season awards.

Click to read the full review of Blue Cross Arena at War Memorial


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