Class of 1923 Arena

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Class of 1923 Arena
Penn ice rink
Location University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Owner University of Pennsylvania
Operator University of Pennsylvania Business Services
Capacity 2,900 (hockey)
Surface Ice
85 ft (26 m) x 200 ft (61 m)
Broke ground 1968
Opened 1972
Architect Robert C. Mcmillian Associates
University of Pennsylvania Quakers

The Class of 1923 Arena is the skating rink of the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1968, alumni from the Class of 1923 formed the group "Friends of Pennsylvania Hockey," led by Howard Butcher, III. Butcher donated over 3 million dollars for the creation of the facility, along with John Cleveland and Bill R. Wise, Butcher organized the largest class donation in the history of the university. Thus, the arena was aptly named after the class to commemorate its generosity.

The arena is located on the southern part of the campus close to Center City and can seat nearly 3,000 people. The building, designed by Robert C. McMillian Associates, was constructed primarily of poured concrete and is supported by four 22-foot concrete columns. The lower concourse includes locker rooms for the university's teams, food services, and the "Quaker Room", which overlooks the rink. The ice surface itself is 85'x 200' and totals 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2). The upper concourse includes restrooms and more concession stands with entrances on Walnut Street. The arena remains the largest collegiate venue in Pennsylvania.

The arena has hosted a variety of teams: Penn Varsity and Club ice hockey, Drexel ice hockey club, Villanova and Saint Joseph's University ice hockey, Philadelphia Flyers, even Philadelphia Bulldogs professional roller hockey. The arena is the home of The Philadelphia Fiesta Ice Hockey Club (a.k.a. The Saturday Morning Game). As a men's travel tournament team The Fiesta were the CanAm Cup (Montreal) gold medal champions in 2000, 2002, and 2004.

See also[edit]

Wissahickon Skating Club

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Coordinates: 39°57′06″N 75°11′14″W / 39.9517°N 75.1871°W / 39.9517; -75.1871