The Irish hockey team enjoyed a banner season, literally, in 2006-2007 and on Wednesday came the news that many have waited to hear for a long, long time. There will finally be a new facility for the sport on campus.
An anonymous donor has given Notre Dame 15 million for a new rink in the north dome of the Joyce Center. The total cost of the projected renovation is between 25 and 30 million.
The new facilities will contain dressing rooms, concession areas, and restrooms. Existing areas will be remodeled, and there will be increased seating capacity.
Work on the project will begin after it is fully funded, as is standard procedure for new construction projects at Notre Dame.
Irish athletics director, Dr. Kevin White said, “Our intention with this gift and this project is to make a full-fledged commitment to a permanent home for out hockey team. This plan, combined with the tremendous success Jeff Jackson and our team have had on the ice, should make for many great days ahead for Notre Dame hockey.”