AMERICAN DREAM BECOMES THE NEW HOME ICE OF PHF’S METROPOLITAN RIVETERS
A Partnership with The Women’s Professional Hockey Team and The Unrivaled Entertainment/Retail Center Aims to Reimagine Hockey
Bergen County, NJ – (September 14, 2022) –The Metropolitan Riveters Hockey Club, in association with the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) and American Dream, today announced a three-year agreement to make American Dream the team’s new home ice, beginning with the start of the 2022-23 PHF campaign. Over the next three seasons, the Riveters will have a permanent facility for all practices and games at the world-class entertainment/retail center that will enhance the experience for players, partners, and fans.
“We are extremely excited to provide our players with a state-of-the-art facility that they can call home,” said Digit Murphy, President of the Metropolitan Riveters. “Our organization focused on finding a permanent location where Riveters games would be played, and we wanted to ensure the facility had top-notch professional amenities. The unrivaled entertainment and retail at American Dream will let us reimagine hockey together with a revolutionary fan experience that breaks the traditional game day experience.”
The Riveters’ home games and all practices will be held at The Rink – American Dream’s regulation-size ice rink that can be fitted for as many as 2,000 spectators with options of tiered suites. As one of American Dream’s most beloved attractions, The Rink regularly plays host to open skating, youth hockey tournaments, the New Jersey Devils Learn to Play Program, and now Riveters hockey games.
The Riveters calling American Dream home builds on an already established partnership as the Riveters previously held open in-season practices at American Dream, offering fans unprecedented access.
“After practicing at American Dream, it felt like the perfect time to take that partnership to the next level,” said Riveters captain, Madison Packer. “American Dream is committed to growing the game and supporting female athletes, and I am beyond excited to call the complex home for many years to come. This partnership continues to elevate the player experience and provides resources necessary to recover and compete at the highest level. It will truly redefine the in-game experience for sporting events and expand our reach to fans across the Tri-State area.”
“As a lifelong hockey fan, I am thrilled to have a professional team call American Dream home,” said Don Ghermezian, CEO of American Dream. “I am even more thrilled to have the Riveters – a forward-thinking organization that wants to revolutionize the sports industry, much in the same way that American Dream is revolutionizing of so many industries. I am excited to embark on an endeavor with the Riveters to re-imagine the sporting event and to provide a new form of entertainment for all of our fans.”
The Riveters naming American Dream its home ice comes at a time of exciting growth for the PHF, including a new partnership with ESPN that features live coverage of the PHF streaming exclusively on ESPN+ in the United States plus international rights for games including TSN in Canada.
“This is a huge step forward for the Riveters, one of PHF’s founding franchises, and we can’t wait to see the team take the ice at American Dream,” said Reagan Carey, PHF Commissioner. “The entire PHF is committed to building the best, thriving, and most sustainable home for women’s professional hockey, and facilities are a critical component to our mission. The significance of the professional experience that comes from development opportunities and competition in a single venue cannot be overstated.”
The Riveters home games at American Dream will be announced later this month when PHF releases the 2022-23 regular season schedule.
ABOUT AMERICAN DREAM
American Dream, developed by Triple Five Group, is an unparalleled mix of world-class entertainment, retail and dining, comprising more than 3 million square feet just minutes away from New York City in East Rutherford, New Jersey. American Dream is home to leading attractions, including DreamWorks Water Park, Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, SEA LIFE Aquarium, Big SNOW Ski Hill, Dream Wheel – a 300-foot observation wheel overlooking the NYC skyline, as well as attractions debuting soon such as The Game Room Powered by Hasbro and Skip Barber Racing Go-Kart Academy. American Dream’s immersive luxury shopping and dining experience – The Avenue – features Saks Fifth Avenue, Hermès, Saint Laurent, Dolce&Gabbana, Carpaccio, a fine-dining Italian restaurant, and much more. The retail and dining collection is further expanded with flagship locations for Aritzia, H&M, PRIMARK, Uniqlo, Sephora and Zara; as well as the Toys“R”Us global flagship, the only standalone location in the U.S, the first-ever MrBeast Burger restaurant, and the world’s first and only “candy department store,” IT’SUGAR.
ABOUT PREMIER HOCKEY FEDERATION
The PHF is the home of professional women’s hockey in North America. Established in 2015 as the National Women’s Hockey League, the NWHL rebranded to become the PHF in 2021 and provide opportunities for elite athletes to earn a living playing the game they love while fueling the continued growth of the sport. The league is made up of the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, Minnesota Whitecaps, Montreal Force, and the Toronto Six who all compete annually for the Isobel Cup. As part of a two-year agreement with ESPN, live coverage of the 2022-23 and 2023-24 PHF seasons is available exclusively on ESPN+ in the United States and provides international rights for games which includes TSN in Canada. For more information visit premierhockeyfederation.com.