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Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center Opens at Colby College

US College Hockey Online reported that Colby College opened the new Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center which had been under construction for some time. One of the largest parts of this project is the 1796-seat Ice Arena, which is the home of both the men’s and women’s varsity hockey team.

Colby published a nice pictorial on the Ice Arena, which shows that it has great lighting and nightlines.

RinkAtlas Arena Directory Updates

New Single-Sheet Ice Rink in Reno Scheduled to Open in December

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported on Friday that construction on the first phase of a new single-sheet ice rink south of Reno Nevada should be completed in December. The rink will be named The Jennifer M. O’Neal Community Ice Arena, also known as Reno Ice.

Reno Ice Rink Site Plan
“Reno Ice is building a year-round ice rink in south Reno” (Jeff Frame, Frame Architecture Inc., via Reno Gazette-Journal).

According to the article, “Reno Ice will have private lessons, public ice skating sessions, hockey leagues, broomball, curling, trade shows, tournaments, performances and figure skating.”

Brad Richter, the construction superintendent on the project reportedly is a hockey player himself, having grown up in Waunakee, Wisconsin and played for the Madison Capitols of the USHL.

The arena is part of a larger South Valleys Regional Sports Complex, which includes mutiple baseball and softball fields.

By RinkAtlas’ count, this is only the ninth arena complex in Nevada, and that counts some major sports arenas that are normally inaccessible for amateur hockey and figure skating. Nevada is definitely under-rinked, considering its rapidly-growing population.

RinkAtlas Arena Directory Updates

Coyotes Community Ice Center in Mesa Arizona Opening in Mid-October

Signals reported on Thursday that The Arizona Coyotes and Hill Hockey announced that the new one-sheet arena in Mesa will be called Coyotes Community Ice Center. The arena is expected to open in mid-October.

Coyotes Community Ice Center is a single-sheet facility with a 200-by-85 foot surface. Google Street View of the area indicates that the building was formerly used for paintball.

The arena was known as the Arizona Made Ice Forum while it was under development.

Expected to be a Primary Location for Girls’ and Women’s Hockey in Arizona

This facility is expected to be the primary location for girls’ and women’s hockey in the Phoenix area. According to a press release from The Arizona Coyotes, the Coyotes Community Ice Center will be the home of the Arizona Kachinas Girls Hockey Program.

RinkAtlas Arena Directory Updates

  • Coyotes Community Ice Center in Mesa, Arizona is added as the 4,690th facility in the RinkAtlas arena directory.
  • According to our research, the Coyotes Community Ice Center is the 12th arena in Arizona where hockey can be played.

Wake Competition Center, New Practice Home of the Carolina Hurricanes, Opened in Early August

On August 7, WTVD reported that The Wake Competition Center opened. It is a multi-sport facility with two 200-by-85 foot ice sheets that was designed to be the primary practice facility for the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL.

The report characterized the opening as “low-key, thanks to the pandemic”. Regarding opening during the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael Baxter, the facility’s general manager said, “It’s definitely not something we anticipated…. When we can get past it, we have this facility that is here and ready to accommodate everything that we did in the past.”

RinkAtlas Arena Directory Update

  • Wake Competition Center in Morrisville, NC is added as the 4,689th facility in the RinkAtlas arena directory.
  • According to our research, the WCC is the 23rd arena in North Carolina where hockey can be played.

Kevin Sneddon Joins Rapidly-Growing Elev802 as President

US College Hockey Online reports that recently-retired University of Vermont Men’s Coach Kevin Sneddon joined Elev802 as its President and Director of Operations. Elev802 is a hockey performance and physical training boutique in Essex Junction, VT which was founded by retired pros and UVM hockey alumni Torrey Mitchell and Peter Lenes.

According to the article, “At Elev802, Sneddon will be focused on the business growth as the company looks to expand nationwide. In addition, he will provide consulting for coaches and players who want to tap into his experience and knowledge of college hockey.”

The thing that makes Elev802 so interesting is that it combines hockey performance and physical training under one roof. Most of the hockey performance centers that RinkAtlas is aware of are primarily focused on small ice surfaces. Elev802 has a 56 x 36-foot studio rink, which is useful for all sorts of on-ice purposes. But Elev802 also has a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center and on-staff coaching, led by head strength and conditioning coach Chris Line. See the Elev802 staff page for more details.

There are many Junior and College hockey programs that have assembled all of these pieces for their players, but the number of businesses that provide all of these services to the general public in North America is still small.

RinkAtlas Arena Directory Update

  • Added Elev802 as the 4,688th facility in the RinkAtlas Arena Directory.

Construction to Begin on UConn’s New 2,700-Seat Arena in April

The UConn Blog reported yesterday that construction of UConn’s new arena is scheduled to begin in April 2021. This and other information was uncovered in the Request For Proposals that UConn published on September 17.

Site Plan for UConn's New Arena
Site Plan for UConn’s New Arena, (Source: Arena RFP, UConn)

The details found in the RFP include:

  • 1,450 seats with chairbacks
  • 1,250 other seats including “bench seating, rail seats, dedicated club level seating, lounge seating, and a standing room only deck area for students”
  • 360 parking spaces for arena use

The RFP’s goal is that the majority of the construction would be complete by October 2022 and the arena would officially open in December of that year.

New Arena in Waterville Maine Will Be Built with Infrastructure Equipment Donated by Colby College

Last week The Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel reported that The City of Waterville Maine has plans to build a new community ice rink with infrastructure equipment donated by Colby College.

The new ice rink is to be built in the area of the existing Alfond Youth & Community Center on North Street, now that the city council has approved a long-term (99-year) lease of property.

According to the article, “Colby College has donated to the Alfond Center boards, glass, lighting and other hockey-related equipment from the Alfond Field House rink. That facility is being demolished. Colby has completed building a $200 million athletic complex near it.”

The new Waterville community ice rink would replace the ice time that has been lost due to the closure of Sukee Arena, which was located across the river from Waterville in Winslow.

RinkAtlas Arena Directory Updates

As a result of the research into this article:


Ribbon Cut on Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa– Home to Future ECHL Team

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reported that an opening ceremony took place Thursday at Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa. This 5,100-seat arena will be home to a new ECHL franchise for the 2021-2022 season.

Ribbon Cutting for Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa
Josh Schamberger, president of the ArenaCo Board, Kelly Hayworth, Coralville’s city administrator, John Lundell, mayor of Coralville, Debi Durham, director of Iowa Economic Development, and Iowa volleyball head coach Vicki Brown participate in a ribbon cutting event with other officials, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, at the Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa. (Photo: Joseph Cress, Iowa City Press-Citizen)

According to the article, Coralville city administrator Kelly Hayworth told the crowd, “We are very excited to have an announcement today that we have signed a lease with a new hockey team. An ECHL hockey team that we’re going to be very proud to start here next fall.”

We added Xtream Arena to the RinkAtlas arena directory. It is the 4,686th arena in our database.

Research into Closed Arenas in Northern and Central New Jersey

RinkAtlas is doing research into closed arenas in Northern and Central New Jersey.

Our goal at RinkAtlas is to document all of the places where ice hockey is being and has been played throughout North America. We have a project to document all of the closed arenas we can find. These are buildings that used to be hockey arenas and are used for a different purpose, or buildings that were demolished and other buildings were built in their places.

Here is a list of arenas that we are aware of in Northern and Central New Jersey that are not currently in the RinkAtlas directory because we have not completed research on them. The list is in alphabetical order, and any information we have about the arena is listed below its name:

  • Casino Skating Palace, Asbury Park, NJ
  • Hillman’s, Elmwood Park, NJ
    • Chuck Podgurski said, “… ever hear of “Hillman’s”, an outdoor facility in then East Paterson? I believe they also had a large driving range on premise.”
    • This appears to be a place known as Hillman’s Golfland, see photo montage from 1954 on Pinterest.
  • Ice Pavilion in West New York, NJ
    • Tom Granelli said, “Have you done research on the West New York rink I believe it was called a Ice Pavilion? About 150 x 76 if I remember. Run by Frank Traverso before he ran BMIA, We practised there for years too. Neat place.”
  • Monte Carlo Rink in Asbury Park, NJ
    • Frank Dimarco found a photo of a 1951 letter from Bill Mackenzie at Rutgers Sports Information documenting the existence of a seasonal ice rink at the Monte Carlo Pool in Asbury Park, New Jersey.


Rutgers SID Letter Documenting Monte Carlo Rink
Rutgers SID Letter Documenting Monte Carlo Rink in Asbury Park, NJ. Letter dated December 13, 1951.


    • He also found a photo on the Internet that reportedly depicts this ice surface being setup.
Monte Carlo Rink Setup
“Press Photo” Reportedly Depicting Installation of Seasonal Ice Rink at Monte Carlo Pool in Asbury Park, NJ. Date unknown.


  • Shrewsbury Ice Arena, Shrewsbury, NJ
    • Bill Bredin recommended that Shrewsbury Ice Arena be added. It is known to have existed from a number of sources. Further documentation will be provided soon.

Closed Arenas in New Jersey Already in RinkAtlas

Seeking Information About Bergen Mall Ice Arena

RinkAtlas is seeking information about Bergen Mall Ice Arena, a 500-seat, single-sheet arena that used to be located on the site of The Outlets at Bergen Town Center in Paramus, NJ. See its entry in the RinkAtlas Directory.

Bergen Mall Ice Arena opened about April 21, 1973, according to New Jersey Sports Ice Rink Opening Due which appeared in The New York Times. We believe it was located on the site of the REI Co-Op at 2200 Bergen Town Center. It had a 185 x 85-foot indoor ice sheet and seating for approximately 500 spectators.

Here is the information we are looking for:

Closing Date (Exact or Approximate) of Bergen Mall Ice Arena and Some Substantiation of that Date

We would like to be able to state when this facility closed. An exact or approximate date of closure, with some substantiation from a news article that appears on the Internet or a document from one of the hockey leagues that used the facility, would be greatly appreciated.

Your Memories

If you played at this arena and have specific memories of it that you’d like to share, please contact Dave Aiello at the email address listed below.


We are looking for any available photos of the arena. Although quite a few RinkAtlas users from the New York Metropolitan Area played hockey or skated there, we are trying to get a better sense of what the arena looked like. Photos of the inside or outside of the arena would be extremely helpful. All photo submissions should be in accordance with the RinkAtlas Photography Guide.

Where to Send Your Information

Send information about closing date or your memories of the arena to dave@rinkatlas.com.

Send photos to photos@rinkatlas.com or tweet them @RinkAtlas. Please include:

  • Full name
  • Postal mailing address
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Twitter handle