Sept. 30, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College Athletics Director Bob Driscoll celebrated the grand re-opening of Schneider Arena on Friday, September 27. The College also is celebrating the completion of the Ray Treacy Track, which is due to open the next week. These two facilities continue a decade long campaign to improve the athletic and recreation facilities at Providence College. The campaign commenced in 2005 when the College opened Lennon Family Field (a field hockey and lacrosse complex). The next phase was the building of the Concannon Fitness Center, which was completed in 2007. In 2012, the College renovated Alumni Hall Gymnasium, the home of the Friar women's basketball and volleyball teams.
"It has always been my goal for our student-athletes and coaches to compete in the finest athletic facilities in the nation," Athletics Director Bob Driscoll said. "We have been working towards that goal for the last 10 years. Through the generous support of Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. and our wonderful donors we have been able to enhance the experience of our student-athletes and transform Friartown into a top-notch Division I athletic institution."
The renovation project of 40-year old Schneider Arena was completed in just under eight months and has transformed the home of the Friar men's and women's ice hockey teams into one of the finest on-campus hockey facilities in the nation. The renovation and 30,000 square-foot addition include a new atrium, ticket office, concession stands, coaches offices, shooting room, lockerrooms, meeting rooms, athletic training room, press box, five luxury suites, dasher boards, glass, videoboard, video ribbon boards, scoreboards, a renovated Friends of Friar Room and a strength and conditioning facility.
"The new building is tremendous," Providence College men's hockey Head Coach Nate Leaman said. "In renovating Schneider Arena, we wanted to create the best building possible in which to develop our players. We also wanted to provide a great fan experience and we have exceeded those goals."
"This renovation of Schneider Arena is just another example of the commitment to excellence by Providence College to be a world-class academic institution and athletic program," Providence College women's hockey Head Coach Bob Deraney said. "I am very proud to say Schneider Arena has become the best women's hockey training facility in the country."
The Ray Treacy Track is located on Hendricken Field and will serve as the home of the Providence College men's and women's cross country and track and field teams. The new complex has a six-lane lane track with eight-lane straightaways, which encompasses a turf field The turf field can be used for soccer, rugby and other intramural sports. The complex has seating for more than 300 fans, as well as a press box and a scoreboard.
"The new track and field complex is an important addition to our program," Providence College Director of Track and Cross Country Operations Ray Treacy said. "Not only will it benefit the track and field team, but the entire Providence College community will have use of this great facility. This track will allow us to continue competing at the highest level of NCAA competition."
The College's athletic facilities improvements will continue with the construction of Chapey Field (a lacrosse/soccer stadium) next year, as well as a new softball complex and new tennis courts.
Friar Hockey full season tickets and mini plans are on sale now. Fans can order tickets today for the men's hockey home opener on Friday Oct. 11th vs. Minnesota State. All tickets for home opener are just $5! Call 401-865-GOPC or visit friars.com/tickets for more information.