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York City Ice Arena

York, PA

Home of the York Capitals

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York City Ice Arena (map it)
941 Vander Ave
York, PA 17403


York Capitals website

York City Ice Arena website

Year Opened: 2001

Capacity: 1,000

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York, Pennsylvania was the first capital of the United States. That statement is often in doubt as Philadelphia, Baltimore and Lancaster, PA also have claims on that title. The title claim comes from the assertion that the Articles of Confederation was the first legal document to refer to the colonies as "the United States of America," and York happened to be the capital when it was adopted. Sure, the Declaration of Independence also refers to the new country, but many scholars discount its usage as it was not true legal document of the United States, instead written in opposition to British rule. Either way this central Pennsylvania city of nearly 100,000 residents in the area has latched onto the First Capital idea.

York is known as the White Rose City while nearby Lancaster is known as the Red Rose City city in reference to the Wars of the Roses. York has a successful independent minor league baseball team in the York Revolution. The Baltimore Orioles is the dominant baseball team supported in the region, although football support is split between the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens.

Indoor football has had some moderate success across America. The Arena Football League (AFL) is not quite major league level, but it has proven to have some merit in the sport. And all sports need a minor league experience, whether it is to get players ready for the next level, or just to establish a larger fan base.

American Indoor Football (AIF) is one of those minor leagues that have spread across the land. The current league was relaunched in 2012, although has been playing in one form or another since 2005. The York Capitals began in 2012 as an expansion team for the 2013 season.

The York City Ice Arena has two rinks for hockey. Starting in 2014 the York Revolution manage the facility under an agreement from the city.

3.4

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

There is a very nice temporary concession stand inside the arena itself. Prices and selection are pretty good. It is cash only, so come prepared.

You can get a beer for $4. Hot dogs are $1.75, while pretzels ($2), popcorn ($3), and soda selections ($2) are also available.

There is also a full featured snack bar located in the lobby area that supports both rinks. The snack bar has a much more extensive menu, albeit with the same low prices.

Atmosphere    3

The arena is a very pleasant place to watch a football game. The glass above the rink walls have been removed so you will be very close to the action. One should watch play closely, like you would do at a baseball game, as a player or ball could end up in the stands.

There are many sections of six rows per section that fill up one side of the arena. A small end zone seating section is also in use. In addition, there is a smaller seating area opposite the main stands, and on the player sidelines, offering some very up and close seating.

A decent PA system and a very good announcer makes the crowd feel that they are part of the game action.

Check out the carpet used for the games as it obviously has had some past lives as the home "rug" for the Hawaiian Islanders and New Haven Ninjas of the former AFL2.

Local dance groups are usually part of the halftime entertainment. The team seems to have a good commitment to the community.

Neighborhood    3

There is really not much in the area as the York City Ice Arena is in a residential area shoved between the campuses of Penn State - York and York Catholic High School.

There is a large softball complex that shares the same footprint. Expect to see many softball games going on as there seems to be constant tournaments in action here. Historic Bob Hoffman Stadium, once home to the York White Roses and the York Pirates of minor league baseball, is the centerpiece of the softball complex as it was turned from a baseball facility to a softball one in 1979. There are many pieces of the past in existence, especially the no longer in use baseball outfield walls.

Route 30 is a place to find almost every chain restaurant and hotel brand in existence. Recommendations here would be Cheddar's (1340 Toronita St) and Mission BBQ (970 Loucks Rd).

Downtown York is not far away and there are some great bars and restaurants here. Stop in at White Rose Bar and Grill (48 N Beaver St.) or Holy Hound Taproom (57 W Market St.) for a bite and drink pre or postgame. Holy Hound has 30 beers on tap.

Another recommendation that is not too far away is Aroogas Sports Bar at 1211 Haines Rd.

The Harley-Davidson Motor Company has a large facility in York. Check their website for the occasional tour.

Fans    4

Many of the fans are family and friends of the players, but either way the games can get loud. The Capitals have also done a pretty good job of engaging the local community and attendance is pretty good.

Access    3

Route 30 and I-83 are the big roads in the area. The York City Ice Arena sits not far off of I-83. It is a bit further from Route 30. The facility is a bit hidden, although signage for the arena, as well as Penn State - York will generally lead you in the right direction.

Return on Investment    4

Ticket prices start at $10 for general admission to up to $25 for limited VIP with refreshments included. The $20 section is extremely close to the action.

Extras    4

A trip to the area should include a visit to nearby Bob Hoffman Stadium. Brooks Robinson, of Baltimore Orioles fame, made his professional baseball debut in the stadium in 1955.

You may also find a time that ice skating is going on at the other rink. That could make some great pregame activities before a York Capitals game.

One can also stop by the roller skating rink across the drive from the ice arena. A Saturday night football game followed by a few laps on roller skates or rollerblades sounds like fun.

The arena itself has quite an array of hockey banners. Check out the action and history that have been made on ice here at the York City Ice Arena.

Final Thoughts

The York Capitals have done a very good job of getting the local community involved in their activities and offer a pretty good value for the money, while playing at an arena that ensures one is close to the game action.

Sad News

It is with my deepest regret I have to tell you the Capitals have moved to Harrisburg Pennsylvania and now play at the Farm Show Complex as the Central Penn Capitals

by J-Man | Feb 21, 2016 02:21 AM

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Local Food & Drink

Mission BBQ  (map it!)

970 Loucks Rd

York, PA 17404

(717) 781-2120

http://mission-bbq.com/

Cheddar’s  (map it!)

1340 Toronita St

York, PA 17402

(717) 848-1079

http://www.cheddars.com/

White Rose Bar and Grill  (map it!)

48 N Beaver St

York, PA 17401

(717) 848-5369

http://www.whiterosebarandgrill.com/

Holy Hound Taproom  (map it!)

57 W Market St

York, PA 17401

(717) 855-2410

http://holyhoundtaproom.com/

Aroogas Sports Bar  (map it!)

1211 Haines Rd

York, PA 17402

(717) 718-9464

http://www.aroogas.com/

Local Entertainment

Harley-Davidson Motor Company Factory Tours  (map it!)

1425 Eden Rd

York, PA 17402

(717) 848-1177

http://www.harley-davidson.com/content/h-d/en_US/home/events/factory-tours.html

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