May 9, 2011
MADISON, Wis. -- Though the construction has been underway for more than a month, the official groundbreaking ceremony for La Bahn Arena will take place on Wednesday, May 11 at 10 a.m. La Bahn Arena is the new women's ice hockey game and practice facility, the new men's ice hockey practice facility and includes new locker room facilities for the men's and women's swimming and diving programs.
The building will be a tri-level complex that will include the following:
90' by 200' ice sheet for men's and women's hockey practice and women's competition, with seating for approximately 2,400 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, expansion of training room facilities, and expansion of laundry/equipment-issue facilities to accommodate the additional occupants of the complex
Scheduled speakers at the ceremony include Chancellor Biddy Martin, Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez, Head Women's Hockey Coach Mark Johnson and Head Men's Hockey Coach Mike Eaves, among others.