A lot of trash talking on WiHP forums re: the deteriorating conditions at the Alliant Center. Malfunctioning scoreboards, poor lighting, poor sightlines, medieval locker room facilities, rickety boards, and, worst of all, ice so crappy it's been compared to the Moes' backyard rink from the 80s.
True, this storied facility used to be the proud home of the Wisconsin Hockey Badgers but, like me, it's now a dying relic of a simpler time. One wonders how long this rocky marriage between commerce and quality can continue. Let's hope it ends soon and amicably, if only for the kids' sake.
UPDATE: Mr. Hammett reports that the WIAA just signed a new long-term deal with the AEC, sealing the WIAA tourney's fate as a second rate event for years to come. Meanwhile, our brethren to the north are playing their state tourney at the fan- and player-friendly Xcel Center in St. Paul. Sigh.