Gutterson Fieldhouse is a 4,035-seat hockey arena in Burlington, Vermont. It is home to the Vermont Catamounts men's and women's ice hockey teams. It is the largest indoor arena in the state of Vermont. It is adjacent to Patrick Gymnasium at the school's athletic complex. It is named for Albert Gutterson, class of 1912, the school's first Olympian. He set an Olympic record with a 7.60 meter long jump, beating, among others, the great Jim Thorpe.
The barrel-vaulted arena opened in 1963, originally seating 3,335. It was expanded to its current capacity in 1990. The hockey team has played host to exhibitions with the Soviet Union national ice hockey team, Russia women's national ice hockey team, and United States men's national ice hockey team and United States women's national ice hockey team. It was the venue for the first women's hockey game ever nationally televised in the US (in 1997, a pre-Olympic game between Canada and the United States in the Four Nations Cup), and between 1995 and 2000, and again in 2002, it was the preseason training camp site of the New York Rangers. (The Hartford Whalers had previously held their 1992 and 1993 training camps there.)
On March 30, 2012 at 2 PM Eastern Standard Time, President Barack Obama made his very first public appearance in the State of Vermont at the Gutterson Fieldhouse.
The Vermont Principal's Association (VPA) also has held the boys' and girls' high school state ice hockey championships at the venue since 1976 (boys) and 2011 (girls).
Gutterson Fieldhouse, along with Cairns Arena in nearby South Burlington served as venues for the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship.
Notes and references
- ^ Vermont Principal's Association, .
Gutterson Fieldhouse at UVM Athletics
Albert's Gold - More information on the Gutterson Field House
Coordinates: 44°28′09″N 73°11′40″W / 44.469171°N 73.194362°W