LaBahn Arena

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LaBahn Arena
Location 105 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53715
Owner University of Wisconsin-Madison
Operator University of Wisconsin-Madison
Capacity 2,273
Surface 200' x 90'
Construction
Broke ground May 11, 2011
Opened October 19, 2012
Tenants
Wisconsin Badgers (Women's) (2012-present)

LaBahn Arena is the home ice of the Wisconsin Badgers women's ice hockey team. It was the second arena to be purpose-built for a women's collegiate hockey team; the first was Minnesota's Ridder Arena.

The arena is named for longtime Badger boosters Chuck and Mary Ann LaBahn, its main fundraisers. The arena is connected to the Kohl Center, which the women's team shared with the men's team from their inception in 1999 until 2012, via a long tunnel. The men's team also practices there. It also houses locker rooms for the swimming and diving teams.

Before 2012, the women were forced to drive from their headquarters at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center to either the Kohl Center or a rink in nearby Verona for practice. The men often had to practice at the Bob Johnson Hockey Facility three miles from campus or the Memorial Sports Center whenever the Kohl Center was being readied for basketball. According to Wisconsin State Journal columnist Andy Baggot, the hockey teams were often forced to travel in very dangerous conditions magnified by Madison's typically snowy winters, making LaBahn a "necessity" for the safety of the players.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baggot, Andy. Home ice advantage at new LaBahn Arena. Wisconsin State Journal, 2012-10-02.

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