The building is named after Charles (UW-Madison '49) and Mary Ann LaBahn, who made
the primary donation on the project
Women's Hockey, Swimming and Diving Locker rooms
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.
October 19, 2012
1-0 loss to Bemidji State
200 feet long by 90 feet wide
Women's Hockey Photos
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
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.
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
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
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