Jan. 29, 2013
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Providence College has begun a comprehensive renovation project at Schneider Arena, the home of the Friar men's and women's varsity hockey programs. The expansion and upgrading project began in November and is scheduled to be completed in September 2013.
"Providence College has a rich and storied tradition in both men's and women's ice hockey, and we are making this significant investment to ensure that our student athletes have the opportunity to play and train in a first-class facility as they compete for championships," Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. said.
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.
"I am proud to be the lead donor for the Schneider Arena renovation project," Chris Reilly said. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to help impact the future of Friar Hockey. I believe in the direction of the program under Father Shanley, Athletic Director Bob Driscoll and Head Coach Nate Leaman. They are investing at the highest level to ensure the future success of Providence College Hockey. I hope others will join me in our efforts to build a championship Friar Hockey program."
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.
"When you walk into a brand new and fully updated facility it makes a strong statement about our commitment to helping our players become the best student-athletes they can be," Providence College Athletics Director Bob Driscoll stated. "We look forward to these enhancements to Schneider Arena allowing our programs to reach the next level of success."
The three-story addition will also allow the College to present the traditions and success stories of the Friar men's and women's hockey programs.
"We want to showcase the rich history and tradition of the Providence College hockey program," Providence College men's hockey Head Coach Nate Leaman said. "Guys like Lou Lamoriello, Brian Burke and Chris Terrieri come to mind in a list that goes on and on. These are special people and teams that have come through our program. We've won Hockey East twice and been to the Frozen Four. Anyone who walks in our building needs to know this is a special place to play hockey."
"It is very exciting to see the renovation construction begin on Schneider Arena," women's Head Coach Bob Deraney said. "When this renovation is completed we will have the premier women's ice hockey training facility in the country, allowing our players to train with state of art equipment in facilities that no other women's hockey program has.
The expansion project is being managed by Shawmut Design and Construction and was designed by architect Symmes Maini & McKee Associates. As construction continues, capacity at Schneider Arena has been reduced to 2,089 for the remainder of the season.
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.