Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum
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|Former names||UConn Ice Arena|
|Owner||University of Connecticut|
|Operator||University of Connecticut|
|Surface||200' x 85' (ice arena)|
|Opened||November 7, 1998|
(Women's ice hockey)
E.O. Smith/Tolland Bucks (High School)Northeast Junior Ice Dogs (Youth Hockey)
Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum is a 2,000-seat hockey rink in Storrs, Connecticut. It is the home arena for the University of Connecticut women's and practice facility of men's college ice hockey teams. It opened on November 7, 1998, replacing the outdoor UConn Ice Arena, which was in use since the 1960s. The Forum was constructed as part of the UCONN 2000 commitment by the State of Connecticut to help rebuild, renew, and enhance the campuses of the University of Connecticut. It was opened in time for the hockey team's elevation to Division I status. The arena was used for the 2000 MAAC Championship (won by UConn), the 2001 MAAC tournament, and the 2002 ECAC women's hockey tournament. It hosted the 2008 Hockey East Women's Tournament. The building was named for Mark E. Freitas '81, a former hockey letter winner and benefactor, on February 5, 2005.
The men's hockey team had used the venue for home games prior to them becoming the newest member of Hockey East in 2014, but have since moved to the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut as their primary arena. As of the 2015-16 season they currently play all home games at the XL Center, which has a hockey capacity of 15,635.
The venue is also home to a high school hockey team, the Bucks, which are a co-op of both E. O. Smith High School and Tolland High School. The team is known for their atmosphere and was voted as Connecticut's best high school student section in 2014 and 2015.
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