If the question is, "What's the showcase sports facility in New England?" then I must instruct the operators to hold all calls, because we have a clear winner. It sits on a hill in Hamden, Conn. I have saved the best for last, although I can't say I planned it that way. But when you tell people you're going all over New England to see college basketball games, the first thing they say is, "Have you been to Quinnipiac?"
The fact of the matter is that Quinnipiac got it right. Athletic Director Jack McDonald, a BC guy from Braintree and former Eagles track coach, was the lucky AD who got to plan this building, which houses matching 3,200-seat venues for hockey and basketball. After entering the structure, you turn right for hockey and left for basketball. On either side you'll find 3,200 theater seats, perfectly pitched in an oval to enjoy the action. And you ought to see the locker rooms, meeting facilities and other stuff, for both men and women. There's none better in New England.