For the 30th season, the Providence College Friars will play in one of the finest on-campus facilities in the country.
Schneider Arena, opened in 1973, was dedicated and is named in memory of the late Reverend Herman D. Schneider, O.P., the founder of the Friars' highly successful hockey program and a long time member of the school's faculty.
Since its opening night win, a 1-0 decision over the University of Pennsylvania on September 24, 1973, Schneider Arena has been the home of 279 Friar victories and a .612 winning percentage. Among those 279 wins are 19 post-season successes. At tournament time, either ECAC, HOCKEY EAST or NCAA, Providence has a nifty 19-8 mark (.703). The Friars' complete 27-year record stands at 279-171-33.
Built at a cost of $1.8 million dollars in 1973, the Schneider Arena ice skating facility has been recognized by many for its well-planned and smartly designed structure. The building seats 3,030 comfortably for hockey games and also serves as the home of PC's women's hockey team. The size of the ice surface is 200' X 85'.
Schneider Arena underwent extensive energy conserving changes during the summer of 1992, which included the placement of an energy efficient reflective ceiling that helps insulate the rink and reduces yearly energy costs. The new ceiling also helps make the playing surface much brighter.
Schneider Arena is one of Providence College's buildings that is in constant use. When not serving the needs of the men's and women's hockey programs or intramurals, the building serves as the home of many of Rhode Island's youth and high school hockey programs.
As the home of the Friars, Schneider Arena provides a newly renovated locker room, weight room and team facilities that are among the best in the country and would make some major league facilities pale in comparison. The spacious Friar locker room adjoins both the training room and the weight room. The training room is complete with the most up-to-date medical equipment and athletic training conveniences. The weight room features state-of-the-art equipment for conditioning and, when necessary, the rehabilitation of the Friar skaters.
In 1999 as part of the continual upgrading of the facility, a new scoreboard was installed above center ice.
Friars All-Time Record In Schneider Arena