The Premier Hockey Federation’s Metropolitan Riveters will play home games at American Dream, an entertainment and mall complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, for the next three seasons starting with the 2022–2023 PHF campaign.
The agreement gives the Riveters a permanent facility for all practices and games 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.
“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 Rink regularly plays host to open skating, youth hockey tournaments and the New Jersey Devils Learn to Play Program. The Riveters previously held open in-season practices at American Dream.
“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.”
The Riveters home games at American Dream will be announced later this month when PHF releases the 2022-23 regular season schedule. The upcoming season including a new partnership with ESPN that features live coverage of the PHF streaming exclusively on ESPN Plus 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.”