Lawson Arena

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Lawson Ice Arena
Full name Harry W. Lawson Ice Arena
Location Kalamazoo, MI 49008 USA
Coordinates 42°16′33″N 85°37′04″W / 42.275937°N 85.617765°W / 42.275937; -85.617765Coordinates: 42°16′33″N 85°37′04″W / 42.275937°N 85.617765°W / 42.275937; -85.617765
Owner Western Michigan University
Operator WMU Auxiliary Enterprises
Capacity 3,667
Record attendance 5,168[1]
Surface 200' x 85' (ice hockey)
Opened November 15, 1974 (1974-11-15)
Renovated 1993, 1998, 2006[1]
WMU ice hockey (1974–present)
WMU men's basketball (1992–1994)
WMU women's basketball (1992–1994)
WMU synchronized skating (1999–2004)

Harry W. Lawson Ice Arena is a 3,667-seat multi-purpose arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. The arena's first game was on November 15, 1974 against Algoma University College of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. It is home to the Western Michigan Broncos men's ice hockey team.

The building is connected to the Gabel Natatorium and is located at the southwest end of the Kalamazoo campus. It is named for Harry W. Lawson, the founder the WMU hockey club team in 1956. The notoriously rowdy student section, referred to as the "Lawson Lunatics", is 1,400 students strong and admittance to the section usually involves long lines outside the arena before games. From 1992 to 1994, while University Arena was being renovated, the basketball teams also called Lawson home.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium". Western Michigan University. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 

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