Notre Dame Receives $15M Donation for Hockey Arena

Sat September 22, 2007 - Midwest Edition

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Someone has donated $15 million to Notre Dame toward building a new hockey arena in the Joyce Center.

The university plans to build a new arena that would include a dedicated hockey rink. The current arena is part of a multipurpose facility used for a number of events, both athletic and non-athletic. The arena would include improved team and fan facilities and would increase the seating capacity. The current facility has bench seating for 2,713.

“Our intention with this gift and this project is to make a full-fledged commitment to a permanent home for our hockey team,” athletic director Kevin White said.

Construction will begin when the university raises all the money for the project, White said. The person who donated the $15 million asked to remain anonymous, the school said.

Notre Dame is coming off its most successful hockey season ever. The Irish won the Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season and tournament championships and were ranked No. 1 for seven weeks. They lost to eventual NCAA champion Michigan State 2-1 in the NCAA Midwest Regional championship game.