Herb Brooks National Hockey Center
|Herb Brooks National Hockey Center|
|Former names||National Hockey Center (1989-2008), National Hockey and Event Center (2008-2013)|
|Location||One Herb Brooks Way
St. Cloud, MN 56301
|Owner||St. Cloud State University|
|Operator||St. Cloud State University|
|Surface||2, 200' x 100' sheets (Ice Hockey)|
|Capacity||5,763 (Ice Hockey)|
|St. Cloud State Huskies Men's Hockey (NCAA) (1989–present)
St. Cloud State Huskies Women's Hockey (NCAA) (1998–present)
St. John's Johnnies Men's Hockey (NCAA) (1990–present)
The Herb Brooks National Hockey Center is a 5,763-seat hockey arena in St. Cloud, Minnesota. It is home to the St. Cloud State University Huskies men's & women's ice hockey teams, and the Saint John's University Johnnies ice hockey team. The main rink is named for the late university President Brendan J. McDonald, who advocated the team's move to Division I hockey. The arena consists of a lower and upper deck on the sides the ice. The west end (near the entrance) features a few seats, while east contains no seating. The building is currently under renovations.
Although it is recorded as having a 5,763 seating capacity, Husky hockey games often draw crowds of more than 6,000. It is also a concert venue, with a capacity of up to 7,763. Graduation ceremonies have also been held at the arena. After renovation, seating for hockey games will near the 7,500 mark.
The Brooks Arena is often regarded, by visiting teams, as the most difficult place to play in the WCHA and NCHC. The notorious "Dog Pound" (St. Cloud's Student Section) is one of the most intimidating in all of college hockey.
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