Herb Brooks Arena

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The Herb Brooks Arena, known as the Olympic Center until 2005, is a 7,700-seat multi-purpose arena in Lake Placid, New York. This arena was built for the 1932 Winter Olympics, the first indoor arena used for the Winter Olympics. For the 1932 Games, it hosted the figure skating and six of the twelve ice hockey games. The arena hosted various events during the 1980 Winter Olympics, most famously the ice hockey tournament that saw the United States's 4–3 victory over the Soviet Union, the game commonly referred to as the Miracle on Ice. Figure skating events took place during those games along with an adjacent center to the arena. In 2005, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the American victory, both the arena and the rink itself were renamed in honor of the 1980 team; the arena was named after the late Herb Brooks, who coached United States team during the 1980 Olympics, and the rink was redubbed as 1980 Rink.

The arena has been used several times for college hockey championships in the United States. It hosted the 1970, 1984 and 1988 men's NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship, commonly referred to as the Frozen Four. The arena has hosted the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship as well, in 2007. From 1994 to 2002, the arena annually hosted the ECAC Hockey League's championships every March.


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