Our suspicions following the "Pepsi" branding omission in NHL 21 have now been confirmed. The home arena of the Colorado Avalanche has been renamed Bell Arena.
There has been no news on the naming rights front for the Avalanche since last September when the team renewed their naming rights agreement for a one year extension. That extension is now up, and NHL 21 may have just given us a clue suggesting that Pepsi will not renew the naming rights to the home of the Avs.
As we mentioned yesterday, Nassau Coliseum is in NHL 21, but we also noticed a strange scoreboard. Unfortunately we could only catch a small portion of it from the video we received. Today we have footage of the entire scoreboard, and it has left us with more questions than answers. Where did this board come from? Is it real?
With the news that the New York Islanders will play all of their home games at Nassau Coliseum for the 2021 season, many wondered if EA Sports NHL 21 would replace Barclays Center with the old barn. Today, via an early access look at NHL 21, we discovered that the Coliseum is indeed in the game. Our apologized to Islanders fans but these screenshots come from a Stanley Cup celebration which will certainly not make your day.
After a presentation from the NHL, we now have an idea of what the return to play will look like in Edmonton and Toronto. With no home-team advantage, the NHL will use some new and innovated methods to create a unique feel for each game.
With the start of the All Star Weekend just 7 days away, things are starting to get busy at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.
The 2020 NHL All Star event is set to begin in St. Louis in a couple weeks and the jerseys were unveiled this week.
All summer we waited to hear details about the brand new scoreboard that the Bruins had mentioned on a couple occasions. However, after most of the summer had passed with no news, and pictures came out showing most of the scoreboard still intact, it became clear that a new scoreboard was no longer on the table. Since then we have received word from a source within the Bruins' organization that they ran out of time, due to the shortened off-season, and that they expect to replace the board in the Summer of 2020.
Now that we have seen all five new NHL scoreboards for this season, I am prepared to review each one and rank them. These are just my opinion and you are welcome to disagree and let me know why in the comments below.
Times are changing and so are the ways people watch live sporting events... or don't watch them. Arenas around the league struggle to fill seats. Some struggle to sell tickets, while others sell out but still can't fill seats. Remarkably, most rinks seem to have the same answer, and that is to avoid the issues causing these empty seats, and just replace them with black seats. Black will show up less on TV so people will be led to believe that the building is not empty.