Topping-Off Ceremony for Schneider Arena Takes Place
March 11, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The "Topping-Off" ceremony for the final beam of the Schneider Arena renovation project took place on Monday afternoon (March 11). The men's and women's hockey coaching staffs along with various school administrators as well as construction workers were on hand as the final beam, dedicated in the memory of Al Cram, was moved into place following a blessing from Providence College President, Reverend Brian J. Shanley.
The expansion and upgrading project began in November and is scheduled to be completed in September 2013. The cornerstone of the project is a new 30,000 square foot ground-up addition which will house a new lobby, ticket office, additional concessions, men's and women's varsity locker and training rooms, a varsity lacrosse locker room, strength and conditioning facilities, coaching staff offices and mechanical and operations rooms for rink staff.
The project also includes renovations to the existing arena, including premium seating upgrades, improvements to the press box, additional ADA compliant viewing locations, renovated youth hockey locker rooms and plans for a video board and updated forums to showcase the history of Friar hockey.
Schneider Arena originally opened in 1973 and was dedicated and 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. Built at a cost of $1.8 million dollars in 1973, Schneider Arena has served as the home of the Providence College's men's and women's hockey teams.
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