Oct. 1, 2012
Construction Timeline Photo Gallery
MADISON, Wis.— As March 2011 ended, construction crews started digging up the parking lot just west of the Kohl Center where LaBahn Arena now stands. It’s now the start of October 2012 and the new hockey and swimming facility is bustling with activity.
Today, Oct. 1, the building officially turned over to UW athletics and both the men’s and women’s hockey programs took advantage. Both used their new locker rooms, with a handful of the women’s team taking a short skate on the ice and putting the first marks on the new Lance Johnson Memorial Rink ice surface.
While there is still some finishing detail work needed in the facility, that didn’t stop a steady stream of carts rolling up and down the hall from the Kohl Center with hockey and athletic training equipment.
Since the end of the hockey and basketball seasons last March, all four programs have been displaced, but all four programs now boast new or revamped locker room spaces to break in.
The hockey programs have slowly moved equipment and furniture into their spaces over the weekend, but now its full bore.
One area used for the first time today is the new student-athlete dining area. Teams at the Kohl Center and LaBahn Arena will get their post-practice and pregame meals in the new area where the men’s basketball locker room used to be located. Men’s basketball‘s new locker room is now where the men’s hockey team locker room was in the past, before men’s hockey moved to the LaBahn Arena area.
Another big move involves the women’s hockey office. The office changed address today from Kellner Hall at 1440 Monroe Street to the 2,273-seat LaBahn Arena at 105 East Campus Mall. Now when men’s hockey head coach Mike Eaves looks out his window facing LaBahn Arena, he’ll be able to wave to women’s hockey head coach Mark Johnson.
Not to be outdone, the men’s and women’s swimming programs also boast new locker rooms, coach and student-athlete lounges and athletic training facilities just steps from their practice pool at the SERF. A bridge from the locker room complex to the SERF links the two facilities.