Nelson Center

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Nelson Center
Location 1601 North 5th Street
Springfield, IL 62702
Owner Springfield Park District
Operator Springfield Park District
Capacity 2,100 (hockey)
Surface 200' x 85'(hockey)
Springfield Jr. Blues (NAHL)
Robert Morris - Springfield (ACHA)

The Franklin P. Nelson Recreation Center ("Nelson Center") is a 2,100-seat multi purpose ice arena and recreational facility located in Springfield, Illinois. The ice arena has two NHL regulation-sized ice sheets.

It is the home to the Springfield Jr. Blues of the North American Hockey League[1] as well as Robert Morris–Springfield Eagles men's ice hockey team competing at the ACHA Division III level in the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association.[2] The Nelson center is also home to several local high school ice hockey teams,[3] and is used by local figure skating clubs, youth, and adult recreational ice hockey leagues, as well as public skating.

The Nelson Center was opened with one ice rink in the early 1970s.[4] The second rink was opened in 2002.[5]


  1. ^ "Jr. Blues Forward Trent Frey Commits to Div. I Mercy Hurst". Our Sports Central. January 27, 2009. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jr. Blues Hitting a High Note Down South". North American Hockey League. November 16, 2009. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Nelson Center". Lincoln Land High School Hockey. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
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