Ever since I wrote about the old Rhode Island Auditorium 10 years ago, I wanted to take a deeper look at how the arena was used during a typical year. The expansion of online newspaper archives made this project more practical, so I decided to document the arena’s calendar during the year 1947. This was one of the few years where the arena hosted both pro hockey (minor league) and pro basketball (BAA) so I figured it would be an interesting year and hopefully typical of the post-World War II period. The arena’s primary source of revenue in 1947 was hockey and ice shows, while the arena was quiet during the summer months.
After years of using a static page as my front page, I have decided to try using a more traditional blog post format. Announcements of new content will be posted here, in addition to twitter. I have also switched to a newer (more modern?) WordPress theme. I am still experimenting with the layout, so there may be some quirks for a while until I sort this out.