clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

The Bruins’ best options for 2021 outdoor venues, ranked

Everyone loves a list, especially when it’s about THE OUTSIDE.

Ice Skaters at Night on Frog Pond, Boston Common, Boston, Massachusetts, USA Photo by: Barrie Fanton/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The Bruins have explored the possibility of playing home games outdoors next season, whenever that may be.

People like outside hockey, so it makes sense. However, many of the places being bandied about are played out. Big “been there, done that” energy.

Fenway Park? John Henry would probably charge a billion dollars then cry poor again.

Gillette Stadium? I’m not sure the Bruins are ready to play at the home of the soon-to-be MLS Champion New England Revolution.

Harvard Stadium? Far too academic. Plus, do you really want to hear “Don Sweeney went to Harvard” on every broadcast?

Fortunately, the Boston area has plenty of space that lacks a roof! Here are the Bruins’ best options for outdoor hockey this season.

5. Frog Pond - Boston Common

Massachusetts, Boston, Ice Skating At The Frog Pond. Photo by Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Ice? Check. Lack of roof? Check. We’re two for two.

Frog Pond is centrally located, has a Zamboni, has a sound system...what more could you want?

Plus, the Bruins could pad their take at the gate by allowing public skating to continue at the same time.

Who wouldn’t want to see a David Pastrnak breakaway get broken up by two Suffolk kids on an awkward first date?


4. Charles River - Various Locations

Head Of The Kevin Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Look at all that space! And no roof!

It gets cold in the winter in Boston, so you wouldn’t even have to invest in a whole ice-making set-up: just let nature do its work.

You could use regatta boats as benches, and just have Duck Boats filled with fans circling the play.

“Wouldn’t that break up the ice?” Probably! But then we could just play water hockey. Freezing cold water builds character. Look it up.

3. Norwood Memorial Airport - Norwood

Doors-Off Helicopter Tours Of Boston Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Why should Logan get all the credit when Norwood is much smaller, much harder to get to, and much closer TO THE AUTOMILE.

Plus, teams could just play around the arriving and departing planes. The players with agility should be able to dodge the Cessna’s.

For those that don’t, well...with all the gear they wear nowadays, the Cessna would probably be more damaged than the player.

Also, the airport is very close to Walpole, meaning Chris Wagner would be playing in God Mode at all teams, feeding off the mayoral energy.

2. Either of These Backyard Pools - Medford

These are nice pools! Lots of shade from the trees to prevent glare from the sun.

Quiet, dead-end street. What’s not to like?

1. Morrissey Boulevard - Dorchester

Hurricane Teddy Causes High Tide On Coast Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

I shouldn’t even have to explain why this is the best option, but I will, for those who are unfamiliar.

Morrissey Boulevard:

  • Floods any time it rains, meaning ice should be plentiful in the winter.
  • Is very close to the highway. Easy on, easy off!
  • Is located in Dorchester, consistently ranked among the greatest places on Earth.
  • Is near Boston Bowl, perfect for post-game relaxation.
  • Has the most beautiful view of the most famous landmark in the United States:
‘sister Corita’ Bostongas Storage Tanks Photo by Spencer Grant/Getty Images