The Class of 1965 Arena at Colgate University is a 2,000-spectator competition ice arena for the institution’s Division 1 men’s and women’s hockey teams. In addition to the NCAA regulation rink and comprehensive support facilities for the ice hockey program, the building also includes new locker facilities for men’s and women’s lacrosse and soccer, a training center with hydrotherapy pools, as well as a full administration suite for Athletics administration and coaches.
Sasaki directed an extensive site selection and district master planning effort to determine the best site for the new facility, which is located prominently on College Street within the campus’s athletics precinct. The siting, scale, and materiality of the new arena create a dynamic new varsity athletic venue that is both contemporary and respectful of the historic architectural context of the Colgate campus.
The Arena’s main public spaces, including a double-height entry lobby and a visitor lounge on the rink level, are notably featured along the street and entryway upon arrival. The facades are composed of glass curtain wall, high performance concrete panels, and roughhewn bluestone, a local building material synonymous with Colgate’s campus. The linear roofline of the entrance canopy bisects the sloping form of the main rink volume. The main stair leads visitors up to the mezzanine level, where wide concourses surround the rink and spectator seating. One end of the rink is framed by a reception suite and the other by the often raucous, dedicated Colgate student seating section—which is situated behind the competitor's goal. A crisply-detailed press box and media booth float out from the mezzanine aligned to center ice.
According to men’s hockey head coach Don Vaughan, “This new facility empowers all of us. It's something that all coaches and student-athletes can rally behind, not just the programs that are in this building, but the broader community as well. It enhances the pride in all of us."