“We are looking forward to the addition of ice hockey to our athletic department. Collegiate hockey will bring a new and exciting form of competition to the Trine University athletics family”, said Matt Land, Assistant Vice President of Athletics at Trine.
The new “Thunder Ice Arena” will be able to seat 1,000 spectators and will be located north of the University Center Apartments. The arena, with an estimated construction cost of $4.5 million, will include an NCAA-compliant rink, men’s and women’s lockers, concessions, a pro shop with wearables, sticks and skates for sale, a VIP lounge and two press boxes. It also will include an area for skate sharpening and rental.
Ground is expected to be broken for the ice arena no later than June 1 and games to start in Fall of 2017.