UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Utica Memorial Auditorium received a huge honor after being ranked 8th for the best American Hockey League arena and fan experience.
The Aud was given the ranking by a well-known blog called "The Stadium Journey."
The web venture uses undercover correspondents who attend various sporting events and rate the experience, arena, the food, and the fans, and using those to create a score for the arena.
The Aud beat out 22 other arenas that house AHL franchises currently.
"There's 8 or 9 teams in the American Hockey League that share buildings with NBA teams, so they have the best amenities," said Utica Comets Director of Communication, Mark Caswell. "So to be in the conversation with those guys for a 50+ year old arena is pretty exciting.
"It's a testament to guys and girls in the office who put so much hard work into this place."
This was the first time Stadium Journey ever visited the Utica Aud.
They said they can't wait to come back next year, especially knowing phase 2 of renovations at The Aud will be complete.