Sacred Heart University (SHU) has unveiled plans to build $60m hockey and skating arena at its West Campus in Fairfield, Connecticut.

The new arena will feature many amenities for students and guests that include a pro shop, beer gardens, food venues, suites, meeting rooms and offices.

Scheduled begin construction in summer this year; the new stadium can accommodate approximately 4,000 people.

SHU said that the new building will also be used to host special events such as guest lectures, concerts, convocations and other activities which are open to students and the community.

It also said that an ice skating time will be allotted to students, faculty, staff and community members.

The new arena will also be used as a classroom for SHU students who are studying in the areas of sports communication & media, sport management, hospitality and others.

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Architectural firm JLG of North Dakota and the S/L/A/M Collaborative of Glastonbury will be responsible for the design of the new building which is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

The new building will be constructed on SHU’s West Campus, which is home of the University’s Jack Welch College of Business & Technology and Isabelle Farrington College of Education.

The Campus also includes many innovation and technology resources, a 27-room guest facility and a variety of other University departments and programmes.

SHU president John Petillo said: “The facility will be home to our Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs, our nationally ranked figure skating team and our men’s club ice hockey team.

“It is the continuation of a robust, multi-year building and expansion program reflecting our significant growth, appeal and national status.”

SHU enrollment, student affairs & athletics senior vice president Jim Barquinero said: “In addition to providing a sophisticated and beautiful home venue for our teams, it will serve our entire university community and residents throughout the region.”


Image: The new stadium can accommodate approximately 4,000 people. (Credit: SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY)