Ingalls Rink

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David S. Ingalls Rink
"The Whale"
Entrance of Ingalls Rink
Location 73 Sachem St
New Haven, CT
Owner Yale University
Operator Yale University
Capacity 3,500 (hockey)
Surface 200 x 85 ft (hockey)
Broke ground 1953
Opened 1958
Renovated 2009
Construction cost $1.5 Million
Architect Eero Saarinen
Yale University Bulldogs
(men's and women's hockey)

David S. Ingalls Rink is a hockey rink in New Haven, CT designed by architect Eero Saarinen and built between 1953 and 1958 for Yale University. It is commonly referred to as The Whale, due to its whale-like design. The building was constructed for $1.5 million, which was double its original cost estimate. It seats 3,500 people and has a maximum ceiling height of 23 meters. The building is named for David S. Ingalls, Yale class of 1920, and David S. Ingalls, Jr., Yale class of 1956, both of whom were hockey captains. Members of the Ingalls family were the primary benefactors of the arena. The building was included on the America's Favorite Architecture list, created in 2007 by the American Institute of Architects.[1]

Structural system[edit]

Rink interior with timbered roof

The rink employs an innovative structural system in which a 90 meter reinforced concrete arch, from which a cable net is hung, supports a timber roof. This causes a stable, double curvature form. Exterior cables linking the arch directly to the outer edges of the roof were added during structural design development. These cables address forces caused by asymmetrical wind loads. Fred N. Severud was the structural engineer for the project.


The building has since been renovated by Kevin Roche and Roche-Dinkeloo, the firm which is a direct outgrowth of Eero Saarinen and Associates.[2] In 1991, a new concrete refrigerant slab was added at a cost of $1.5 million.

In 2007, it was announced that the rink would undergo a $23.5 million renovation which would include approximately 13,000 square feet (1,200 m2) of varsity operational space as well as a complete renovation of the facility, including new men's and women's varsity locker rooms, training and strength and conditioning rooms, an added press box, a lower level hockey heritage area, offices for coaches of both programs, a student-athlete study area, new lights, as well as a sound system and de-humidification unit. The lower level interior would also be decorated with photos displaying the history of Yale hockey. These renovations by Roche-Dinkeloo were completed in 2009.[3]

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Coordinates: 41°19′00″N 72°55′30″W / 41.316552°N 72.925039°W / 41.316552; -72.925039