Gutterson Fieldhouse

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Albert L. Gutterson Fieldhouse
The Gutterson Fieldhouse.jpg
Location Burlington, Vermont
Owner University of Vermont
Operator University of Vermont
Capacity 4,035 (hockey)
Surface 200 x 90 ft (hockey)
Construction
Broke ground 1961
Opened 1963
Tenants
Vermont Catamounts, men's and women's ice hockey
Vermont Bucks (AIF) (2017–)

Gutterson Fieldhouse (aka "The Gut"[1]) 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.

History[edit]

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 (on December 17, 1997, a pre-Olympic game between Canada and the United States).[2][3] Between 1995 and 2000, and again in 2002, it was the preseason training camp site of the New York Rangers.[4][5] (The Hartford Whalers had previously held their 1992 and 1993 training camps there.[6][7])

On March 30, 2012, President Barack Obama made his very first public appearance in the State of Vermont at the Gutterson Fieldhouse.[8]

The Vermont Principal's Association (VPA) has held the boys' and girls' high school state ice hockey championships at the venue since 1976 (boys) and 2011 (girls).[9]

Gutterson Fieldhouse, along with Cairns Arena in nearby South Burlington, served as venues for the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship.[10]

In July 2016, the Vermont Bucks, an indoor football team, was announced as a 2017 expansion team as part of American Indoor Football and would use the arena for home games.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Klein, Christopher (2010-01-06). "Oldest college hockey rinks (continued)". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  2. ^ "1998 U.S. National Women's Hockey Team; Exhibition Games leading up to the Olympics". Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
  3. ^ "Hockey-Women's Worlds in Vermont". 2011-01-20. Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
  4. ^ David, Dan (2010-09-21). "NYR training camp has history all its own". 
  5. ^ Reidel, Jon (2003-09-16). "New York State of Mind". Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  6. ^ Mahoney, Larry (1992-09-04). "Weinrich excited to become a Whaler". Bangor Daily News. Bangor, ME. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  7. ^ Bernstein, Viv (1992-09-16). "Whalers Need His Impact". Hartford Courant. Hartford, CT. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  8. ^ Steimle, Susie (2012-04-02). "President Obama delivers campaign speech in Vt". Burlington, VT: WCAX. Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
  9. ^ Vermont Principal's Association, [1].
  10. ^ "Burlington gets World Women's". Zurich: International Ice Hockey Federation. 2011-01-19. Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
  11. ^ "Pro indoor football team coming to Vermont". Burlington Free Press. July 8, 2016. 

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Coordinates: 44°28′09″N 73°11′40″W / 44.469171°N 73.194362°W / 44.469171; -73.194362