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Covelli Centre

Youngstown, OH

Home of the Youngstown Phantoms

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Covelli Centre (map it)
229 E Front St
Youngstown, OH 44503


Youngstown Phantoms website

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Year Opened: 2005

Capacity: 5,717

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Phantoms Here in Youngstown

The Covelli Centre opened in 2005 (originally known as the Chevrolet Centre). It was meant to be the center of sports and entertainment in Youngstown, Ohio. Over the first decade of its existence it has hosted numerous sporting events and concerts.

During the winter, it is home to the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League (USHL). The Phantoms have been tenants since 2008. The team has two banners hanging on Covelli Centre, commemorating their terrific season in 2014-2015 when they were Eastern Division and Regular Season Champions (taking home the Anderson Cup).

Covelli Centre is certainly one of the best arenas in the USHL, with comfortable seats, and great sightlines. If you make the trip to Youngstown and you enjoy hard hitting hockey, then a trip to the Covelli Centre should be on your to do list.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

You'll find most of the basic concession items on hand at Covelli Centre with a couple of slight twists. For the most part, prices are reasonable throughout.

There are two main concession stands which offer hot dogs ($3.25), cheese fries ($3.75), soft pretzel ($3.50), popcorn ($3), and nachos ($5). There are also some offerings from a local restaurant called Charley's. These include Spicy Jack Cheese Wedges ($5), chicken tenders with fries ($7), grilled chicken sandwich ($7), and cheeseburgers ($6).

For drinks, Pepsi products are on offer with regular ($3.75) and large ($4.50) sizes available. Bottles of water ($4), Gatorade ($4.50), and energy drinks ($4) are also available. Hot beverages include coffee and hot chocolate ($3). Draft beers are available from the main concession stand ($6.25, or $8 for a 32 ounce pour). Additional beer, wine, and cocktails are available from a stand.

There are a few other stand alone carts including Dippin' Dots, popcorn, and a gyro stand which is cash only, although they offer the best food in the building. Try the gyro ($6) if you're looking for something to eat.

Atmosphere    3

The Covelli Centre is a very comfortable and welcoming place to see a hockey game. The blue plastic seats found throughout offer good pitch between rows, so you shouldn't have any trouble seeing past the patron in front of you. The leg room is better than average, although there are no cup holders in the seats, the lone complaint here.

There are two scoreboards, both at center ice opposite one another, above the seating areas. They are identical and provide video along with the basic hockey stats that you need. The fact that there is no center-hung scoreboard helps to make the playing surface feel more open.

The level of play in the USHL is exciting. These are young men who are competing to be drafted into the NHL, or to gain a college scholarship for hockey. In the 2015 NHL draft there were seven former Phantoms players drafted, meaning you can be sure that you will see some future NHL players on the ice.

The sound system is excellent, and perhaps a little too good. If you have sensitive ears, then you will find the goal horn excessive. It lasts nearly a full 10 seconds. Music is also played to keep the fans energized throughout the game.

Neighborhood    3

Covelli Centre is located in downtown Youngstown, just a block or so north of the Mahoning River. The arena is also close to the Youngstown State University campus, so a doubleheader with the football team early in the season at Stambaugh Stadium, or basketball team during much of the season at Beeghley Center is certainly possible over a weekend.

Nearby Covelli Centre is a Youngstown institution, Charlie Staples Bar-B-Que. This New Orleans French Quarter-style restaurant features a BBQ sauce recipe that was created in 1911, and the owner and operator, Charlie Staples, will often be found making his way through the dining room, shaking the hands of diners. The restaurant has been here since 1974, and is well worth a visit for the history, ambiance, hospitality, and of course, the food.

Other recommended spots include The Federal (burgers and pub food), Royal Oaks Bar & Grill (try the ribs), and O'Donold's Irish Pub. If you like to sample local beers, then try the Rust Belt Brewing Company.

If you enjoy local art and culture, then consider making a visit to the Butler Institute of American Art, which has been open for nearly 100 years in Youngstown. Winslow Homer, Norman Rockwell, Mary Cassatt, and John Singer Sargent are among the artists whose work is part of the museum's permanent collection.

Niles, Ohio is approximately six miles from the Covelli Centre and is the home and birthplace of the 25th President of the United States, William McKinley. Here you will find his home and the McKinley Memorial Library and Museum, a worthwhile trip for history buffs.

Your best bet for a hotel would be to head north after the basketball game where you will find several chain hotels along I-80, including a Days Inn with rates beginning at $50 a night.

Fans    3

Unfortunately the fans of Youngstown are missing out on a fine facility. Attendance has covered around 1,400-1,500 despite a championship campaign in the 2014-2015 season. There are passionate hockey fans in Youngstown, unfortunately the lack of attendance takes away somewhat from the overall experience.

Access    4

Parking is free at Covelli Centre for Phantoms games. There are plenty of spaces available.

Inside the arena there is plenty of room to move throughout the concourse. Unfortunately you are not able to traverse the entire arena via the concourse as it is more of a u-shaped interior. Restrooms are adequate with no noticeable lines, even during intermission.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets cost $2 more when you purchase at the arena on the day of the game, so if possible, buy in advance. Seats along the glass cost $23.75, and can be a lot of fun. For a better view of the action at a cheaper price, then a seat at center ice is a good option at $18.75. End seats are just $10.75. All views are good throughout the arena, so it really just comes down to where you like to sit. I recommend sections 204 or 205 so you are at center ice with a view of both benches.

When you take into account the free parking and reasonable pricing of concessions, then you are in for a worthwhile experience when you attend a Phantoms game.

Extras    3

One extra point for the new championship banner hanging in the Covelli Centre. The Phantoms were the 2014-2015 regular season USHL champions, and claimed the Anderson Cup for their effort.

Another extra point for Sparky, the purple dragon that serves as the mascot for the Phantoms. Sparky is well loved by the fans and he does a good job of entertaining the crowd.

One final extra point for the comfort that is provided by Covelli Centre. They did an excellent job when designing this building so as not to cram as many seats in as possible, but to instead ensure that this would be an enjoyable venue to see a game.

Final Thoughts

Covelli Centre has all of the elements to be a great place to see a hockey game. The USHL offers an entertaining, hard-played brand of hockey. The arena is truly one of the best in the league to see a game, and there are plenty of good reasons to visit the town of Youngstown.

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Charlie Staples Bar-B-QUE  (map it!)

372 W Rayen Ave

Youngstown, OH 44502

(330) 743-7427

http://charliestaplesbbq.com/

The Federal  (map it!)

110 W Federal St

Youngstown, OH 44503

(330) 744-7683

https://www.facebook.com/theFederalYtown/

Royal Oaks Bar & Grill  (map it!)

924 Oak St

Youngstown, OH 44506

(330) 744-5501

https://www.facebook.com/TheRoyalOaks/

O'Donold's Irish Pub & Grill  (map it!)

6000 Mahoning Ave

Youngstown, OH 44515

(330) 270-2800

http://www.odonolds.com/home

Rust Belt Brewing Company  (map it!)

112 W Commerce St

Youngstown, OH 44502

(234) 855-0609

https://www.rustbeltbrewing.com/

Local Entertainment

Butler Institute of American Art  (map it!)

524 Wick Ave

Youngstown, OH 44505

(330) 743-1107

http://butlerart.com/

McKinley Memorial Library  (map it!)

40 N Main St

Niles, OH 44446

(330) 652-1704

http://www.mckinley.lib.oh.us/

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