Sacred Heart University’s new hockey arena is a continuation of a multi-year expansion program to support student growth, engagement and personal development.
Sacred Heart University (SHU) recently broke ground on its $70 million hockey and skating arena located on the University’s west campus. The new facility will house Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs, the figure skating team, the men’s club team, and a new women’s program starting next fall.
“It is the continuation of a multi-year expansion program to support student growth, engagement and personal development,” said John J. Petillo, SHU’s president, in a statement. “This facility will serve our student-athletes both on and off the ice.”
The arena will be named for the Martire family, Frank and Marisa Martire, who gifted $5 million in support of the arena. Frank Martire is a 1969 graduate of SHU and a chairman of the university’s board of trustees.
Development and construction of the 122,158-square-foot facility is a collaboration among JLG Architects, the SLAM Collaborative, Dimensional Innovations and Consigli Construction.
Details of the new arena include:
In addition to guest lectures, concerts and other activities, there will be reserved open skating time available to students, faculty, staff and community members.
“Sacred Heart spent a lot of time focusing on the fan experience,” said Jim Barquinero, the senior vice president of Enrollment and Athletics, in a statement. “We want this arena to be a destination for fans and families to enjoy cheering on the Pioneers. From fan engagement, youth programs, high school games and open skate, all are welcome.”
Another part of the multi-year expansion program at SHU includes the three-story, 56,000-square-foot Bobby Valentine Health & Recreation Center, that opened August 2019. Learn more about the center in the upcoming Building Blocks feature in the May/June issue of Campus Rec Magazine.
Rendering image courtesy of SLAM Collaborative and JLG Architects.