Oct. 19, 2012
• Program | Luncheon Video | Photo Gallery
MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin Athletics Department held its official dedication and grand opening for LaBahn Arena today. Attendees at the event included donors to the project and special guests.
LaBahn Arena, named after UW alum and former Badger swimmer, Chuck LaBahn and his wife and Mary Ann, the lead donors for the project. The beautiful hockey and swimming training and competition facility will benefit Badger student-athletes and fans now and for many years to come.
The inaugural women’s hockey game in LaBahn Arena will be held tonight as the Badgers face Bemidji State. LaBahn Arena features new men’s and women’s hockey team locker rooms, women’s hockey offices, locker and team rooms for the men’s and women’s swimming programs, renovations within the SERF swimming facility, renovations of the men’s and women’s basketball locker rooms, and the expansion and addition of athletic training room facilities in the Kohl Center and LaBahn Arena.
Attendees at the dedication luncheon heard remarks from UW chancellor David Ward, director of athletics Barry Alvarez, women’s hockey student-athlete Brianna Decker and Chuck LaBahn.
Badger head coaches Mike Eaves, Mark Johnson and Whitney Hite also delivered a message about how impactful the facility will be on each of their respective programs and their appreciation to the donors who supported the project.
Chancellor Ward offered his thanks to the LaBahns for their generosity and visionary leadership on the project along with the many other donors who supported this facility.
“This truly has been a team effort, which is quite appropriate,” Ward said. “It’s an effort that will prove beneficial for generations of Badger swimmers and hockey players.”
Barry Alvarez addressed how LaBahn Arena is another step forward when it comes to the improvements of UW Athletics facilities.
“I am very proud of the finished product,” Alvarez remarked. “As you will see when you tour the facility, we did it the Wisconsin Way. We did it right. If you want to be competitive at this level, you have to stay current in facilities. The bottom line is that we believe in providing our student-athletes with the best possible experience and that is exactly what we have done with this facility.”
“I think the layout and design of the building is something special. It is an amazing facility in all respects.” Chuck LaBahn added. “I think the swimmers are going to enjoy using this facility on a daily basis.”
Following the program, guests had the opportunity to tour LaBahn Arena and skate on Lance Johnson Rink within LaBahn Arena.
Wisconsin Athletics would like to thank all those who have helped make LaBahn Arena possible and especially the donors who made gifts in support of this project.
The success of Wisconsin Athletics and Badger student-athletes depends in great part on the collective loyalty and generosity of alumni, fans and friends. For more information on how to get involved or giving opportunities, please contact the Athletic Development Office at 608-262-1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.