89Hen wrote:BTW, I wouldn't be that shocked if there was a minuscule difference in NBA having more of a home court advantage. Basketball is a little more of a 3D game which brings in visuals. Like everyone, I love that scene in Hoosiers when they measure the basket and foul line. But in reality, I could see where vision of the basket and surroundings could make a difference. A team gets used to their own visuals.
Ice hockey is more 2D and with the same white ice and glass in every arena, the look isn't that different. I've played hockey at several NHL arenas, and during play you'd never actually know you were in a big arena. It isn't until a stoppage of play or sitting on the bench that you start to look up at the seats.
I haven't kept up with the arenas the past 20 years. Are the rinks mostly uniform in size nowadays? I seem to remember back in the day that Boston Garden's ice was tiny and places like Calgary were yuge: wider and, between the blue lines, longer. That would have an impact on the roster. Boston would want big tough defensemen while Calgary would want rabbits.