Herb Brooks Arena

The Herb Brooks Arena is a multi-purpose arena in Lake Placid, New York. This surface, along with the USA Rink, was built for the 1980 Winter Olympics.

Herb Brooks Arena
Interior of arena (c.2010)
Full name1980 Rink – Herb Brooks Arena
Former namesField House International Ice Rink (1980)
Olympic Center Ice Rink (1980-2002)
Verizon Sports Complex Arena (2002-05)
Address2634 Main St
Lake Placid, NY 12946-3648
LocationLake Placid Olympic Center
OwnerOlympic Regional Development Authority
Record attendance~11,000[1]
Broke groundSpring 1975
OpenedSeptember 20, 1979 (1979-09-20)
ArchitectDistin & Wilson
Project managerFunk & Wilcox
General contractorGilbane Building Company


Herb Brooks Arena hosted various events during the 1980 Winter Olympics, most famously the ice hockey tournament that saw the United States' 4–3 victory over the Soviet Union, the game commonly referred to as the Miracle on Ice. In 2005, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the American victory, the arena was named after the late Herb Brooks, who coached the United States team during the 1980 Olympics. Other events the arena hosted during the 1980 games include figure skating events and the closing ceremony.

The arena has been used several times for college hockey championships in the United States. It hosted the 1984 and 1988 men's NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship, commonly referred to as the Frozen Four. The arena has hosted the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship as well, in 2007. From 1993 to 2002, the arena annually hosted the ECAC Hockey League's championships every March. The ECAC announced in July 2012 that the league would again crown its champion in Herb Brooks Arena for the 2013–14, 2014–15, and 2015–16 seasons. In March 2016 the contract was extended for another three years through the 2019 ECAC tournament.[2]

The Glens Falls-based Adirondack Thunder ice hockey team have used the arena for a few games because of high school basketball championship games being held at the Glens Falls Civic Center.[3]


Media related to Herb Brooks Arena at Wikimedia Commons

  • Official website, hosted by the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority
Winter Olympics
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Broadmoor World Arena
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Host of the Men's Frozen Four
Succeeded by
Onondaga War Memorial
Syracuse, New York
Preceded by
Ralph Engelstad Arena
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Host of the Men's Frozen Four
Succeeded by
Joe Louis Arena
Detroit, Michigan
Preceded by
Joe Louis Arena
Detroit, Michigan
Host of the Men's Frozen Four
Succeeded by
Saint Paul Civic Center
St. Paul, Minnesota
Preceded by
Boston Garden
Host of the
ECAC Hockey Championship Game

Succeeded by
Times Union Center
Preceded by
Mariucci Arena
Host of the Women's Frozen Four
Succeeded by
Duluth, Minnesota
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