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LaBahn Arena
Quick Facts
Opened: 2012
Name: The building is named after Charles (UW-Madison '49) and Mary Ann LaBahn, who made the primary donation on the project
Home to: Women's Hockey, Swimming and Diving Locker rooms
Address: 105 East Campus Mall
Madison, WI 53715

LaBahn Arena, opened in 2012, is the home to the Wisconsin women's hockey team along with the men's hockey and swimming and diving locker and team rooms. Women's hockey practices and competes in the 2,273-seat facility, while men's hockey practices in the arena. The arena is connected to the Kohl Center, where the men's hockey team plays, by an underground tunnel and the Southeast Recreation Facility, where the swimming and diving programs practice, by a skywalk.

About the Arena

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the LaBahn Arena took place on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. The building was turned over to the UW athletic program on Oct. 1, 2012. The building dedication and first game was Oct. 19, 2012, when the Wisconsin women's hockey team hosted Bemidji State. The total cost of the project was $27.9 million, with two-thirds of the cost coming from gifts to UW Athletics and the remainder coming from bonding.

LaBahn Arena
Women's Hockey
First Game: October 19, 2012
1-0 loss to Bemidji State
Capacity: 2,273
Rink Size: 200 feet long by 90 feet wide
All-Time Record 14-3-1
Photo Gallery: Women's Hockey Photos

Major Benefactors

LaBahn Arena is named after Charles (UW-Madison '49) and Mary Ann LaBahn, the lead donors for the project. Chuck LaBahn, a two-time letterwinner for the Badger swimming team, has been a longtime supporter of various campus initiatives. He has helped to fund projects in Athletics, the School of Business, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the School of Education and the Law School.

LaBahn, who served as director of the UW Foundation from 1974-96 and as chairman of the Wisconsin Alumni Association in 1988-89, won the 1988 Pat O'Dea Award for service to UW Athletics. He is also a winner of the University of Wisconsin Alumni Club of Milwaukee's Distinguished Service Award.

The name of the ice sheet at LaBahn Arena is the “Lance Johnson Memorial Rink” in recognition of a major gift to UW Athletics from Peter O. Johnson and his son, Erik S. Johnson, and their families. Lance Johnson was Peter's son and Erik's brother. Lance was an avid and accomplished Madison area youth hockey player before dying in a car accident as a teenager in 1987.

2012 LaBahn Arena and Kohl Center Remodel Project

Peter Johnson (UW-Madison BBA '61) founded Madison-based Hy Cite Corporation in 1959. The company has become one of the leaders and innovators in direct sales, internationally distributing the popular Royal Prestige brand of cookware and related products.

Erik (UW-Madison EMBA '97) currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Hy Cite Corporation. He has continued the legacy of philanthropy established by his father and supports a number of causes in the Madison area including the United Way and Edgewood High School. Also members of the University of Wisconsin Bascom Hill Society and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics' Camp Randall Society, Erik and his wife, Amy, have contributed generously to the UW Athletics annual fund and a number of athletic facility campaigns over the past decade.

Women's Hockey

LaBahn Arena is a first class hockey facility that gives the four-time national champion Wisconsin women's hockey teams one of the best venues in the nation. With a capacity of 2,273 people, the arena has an exciting environment during games. The coaching staff at Wisconsin has an eagle-eye view of the ice at LaBahn Arena as their offices overlook the ice.

The hockey locker rooms have a player lounge that features leather couches and flat screen TVs. In addition to its normal locker room, the players have a separate changing room. The student-athletes can study for their next opponent in a theater-style film room.

The arena also has therapy pools which help the players after practices and games. The hockey players also have their own training room and doctor's office in the arena.

LaBahn Arena
Swimming & Diving
Facility: Locker rooms, team lounge, hot/cold tub
Competition: SERF & Natatorium
Photo Gallery: Swimming & Diving

Swimming and Diving

The men's and women's swimming and diving teams also call LaBahn Arena home, as their team lounge and locker rooms, as well as their physical therapy amenities are all housed on the second level of the facility.

The locker rooms are conveniently located on the south end of the facility, nearest the Southeast Recreational Facility (SERF). A walkway connects the team's facility to the SERF, allowing the team to easily commute back and forth from their practice venue to the locker room area, before and after practices and meetings.

The team lounge is complete with flat screen TVs, a sports drink dispenser, plush couches and chairs and an incredible view of downtown.

Check List of Team and Fan Amenities

La Bahn Arena is a tri-level complex that includes the following:

  • 90' by 200' ice sheet for men's and women's hockey practice and women's competition, with seating for 2,273 spectators
  • Men's and women's hockey team locker rooms and a visiting team locker room
  • Women's hockey office suite and associated support spaces
  • Locker and team room functions for the men's and women's swimming programs
  • A connecting skywalk to the Southeast Recreation Facility (SERF)
  • Minor renovation within SERF to accommodate circulation between the pool and the swimming teams' new locker suites
  • Underground connection to the Kohl Center
  • Relocation of the men's basketball locker suite to space vacated by the men's hockey locker suite at the Kohl Center; expansion of training room facilities, and expansion of laundry/equipment-issue facilities to accommodate the additional occupants of the complex

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