Herb Brooks Arena

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Coordinates: 44°17′00″N 073°59′08″W / 44.28333°N 73.98556°W / 44.28333; -73.98556

Herb Brooks Arena
Interior of arena (c.2010)
Full name 1980 Rink – Herb Brooks Arena
Former names Field House International Ice Rink (1980)
Olympic Center Ice Rink (1980-2002)
Verizon Sports Complex Arena (2002-05)
Address 2634 Main St
Lake Placid, NY 12946-3648
Location Lake Placid Olympic Center
Owner NYS Olympic Regional Development Authority
Capacity 7,700
Record attendance ~11,000[1]
Broke ground Spring 1975
Opened September 20, 1979 (1979-09-20)
Architect Distin & Wilson
Project manager Funk & Wilcox
General contractor Gilbane Building Company

The Herb Brooks Arena is a multi-purpose arena in Lake Placid, New York. This surface, along with the USA Rink, was built for the 1980 Winter Olympics.


Herb Brooks Arena hosted various events during the 1980 Winter Olympics, most famously the ice hockey tournament that saw the United States' 4–3 victory over the Soviet Union, the game commonly referred to as the Miracle on Ice. In 2005, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the American victory, the arena was named after the late Herb Brooks, who coached the United States team during the 1980 Olympics. Other events the arena hosted during the 1980 games include figure skating events and the closing ceremony.

The arena has been used several times for college hockey championships in the United States. It hosted the 1984 and 1988 men's NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship, commonly referred to as the Frozen Four. The arena has hosted the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship as well, in 2007. From 1993 to 2002, the arena annually hosted the ECAC Hockey League's championships every March. The ECAC announced in July 2012 that the league would crown its champion in Herb Brooks Arena for the 2013–14, 2014–15, and 2015–16 seasons.

The Glens Falls-based Adirondack Thunder ice hockey team have used the arena for a few games because of high school basketball championship games being held at the Glens Falls Civic Center.[2] The Lake Placid Roamers played home games at the arena in the late 1940s.


  1. ^ Kekis, John (2005-02-24). "1980 hockey rink named in honor of Herb Brooks". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
  2. ^ "Herb Brooks Arena to host Pro Game for the First Time". Spectrum.

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Media related to Herb Brooks Arena at Wikimedia Commons

  • Official website, hosted by the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority
Winter Olympics
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Broadmoor World Arena
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Host of the Men's Frozen Four
Succeeded by
Onondaga War Memorial
Syracuse, New York
Preceded by
Ralph Engelstad Arena
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Host of the Men's Frozen Four
Succeeded by
Joe Louis Arena
Detroit, Michigan
Preceded by
Joe Louis Arena
Detroit, Michigan
Host of the Men's Frozen Four
Succeeded by
Saint Paul Civic Center
St. Paul, Minnesota
Preceded by
Boston Garden
Host of the
ECAC Hockey Championship Game

Succeeded by
Times Union Center
Preceded by
Mariucci Arena
Host of the Women's Frozen Four
Succeeded by
Duluth, Minnesota