Does Arena Lighting Affect The Outcome of Hockey Games?
I recently wrote a post on how weather affects the outcome of hockey games. In this blog post I will shed some light – ha – on how lighting could possibly affect the outcome of hockey games.
I get it, star players are the deciding factor in how hockey games will end, however much like the NFL, not every NHL arena is the same. The same goes for the lighting in each arena.
Players have never complained about arena lighting, in a way they can’t, unless they want to stir up drama throughout the media and give a way a secret within the game. Playoff time, if you look close enough, game by game, make sure your TV has the same lighting setting each game, and take notice on how the lighting differs, game to game.
I am not claiming there are magic men upstairs that move the lighting throughout the whole game to favor a certain team. It’s more of mental mistakes/laziness from the work crew.
I can’t give away too much of this information, there are a handful of teams who use this technique when it’s necessary. I am not claiming it’s a full on blast of light pointed at a goalie or player, but the slightest tweak, the slightest touch to arena light bulbs will give off a shine when it hits the ice.
And let’s not forget about how often does that arena check lighting? Is it weekly? Monthly? I know they quickly check before each game, but if they find a bulb or two that are slightly dead, they are not fixing it. Especially if it helps their home team 😉
What teams rely heavily on this technic? Look at recent teams who got hot out of nowhere at home. I will say this, there is a reason why the Penguins can’t win at home.
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