|The upstairs warm room at the Barn. Tables still on order.|
The success of their 4-on-4 sheet has led the Pond to open the new sheet, dubbed 'The Barn', next door. It's a USA Hockey regulation sheet, measuring 185 by 84 feet.
Demmons says that the new facility, and really the entire Pond Hockey experience, is aimed at making the players happy. With that in mind, they've brought a ton of new improvements to the larger sheet.
"We're working together with Austin Beerworks," said Demmons. "We're not opposed to doing a bar, but we want to give Beerworks as much business as we can."
In addition to the expansion at Beerworks, the brewery is expanding its hours to cover almost every game at the Pond.
Many of the questions about alcohol at the Pond are generated by the upstairs space, a warm viewing room that perfectly resembles a neighborhood bar. Just without the alcohol. Televisions around the space get every hockey channel you can name and the kids can be occupied for hours at the bubble hockey table or vintage Galaga machine.
"We already have a group wanting to use the space for the USA versus Canada World Cup game," added Demmons.
The technology at the rink is also improving as the scoreboards are connected to the Internet. Through an app, players at and away from the rink can check scores and time remaining in games. Next time you're stuck in traffic or just having a beer next door, you'll be able to keep track of how long until it's time to suit up on your smartphone.
|Warm room above locker rooms|
For more information on Saturday's free event, check out PondHockeyClub.com.