Sept. 27, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Grand Reopening of Providence College's Schneider Arena was held on Friday, Sept. 27 to celebrate the renovation of the 40-year old arena. It was a festive evening as more than 500 fans attended the event.
The celebration included a ribbon cutting ceremony and a blessing of the building, featuring President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. '80, Athletics Director Bob Driscoll, men's hockey Head Coach Nate Leaman and women's hockey Head Coach Bob Deraney.
Members of the men's and women's ice hockey teams were on hand to take part in the celebration and they gave tours of the arena throughout the evening.
The renovation project 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.
In addition, Providence College Athletics teamed up with the Clarke Family - Cortlandt '67, Sara and Becky, husband and daughters of the late Penny Clarke, a longtime Friar hockey supporter - to host a silent auction to benefit the men's and women's hockey teams. They also presented the Penny Clarke Memorial Award to longtime Friar supporter Len Clarkin `65.
The evening concluded with an open family skate with many members of the Friar men's and women's hockey teams.
Schneider Arena 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. The first game to take place in the arena was a 1-0 victory by the men's team over the University of Pennsylvania on September 24, 1973. Dan Kennedy scored the game-winning goal for the Friars, with assists from Steve Heggison and Shawn Howard, and Michael Zyburra made 26 saves to earn the shutout.
The Providence College women's hockey team will open play in the Arena on Saturday, Sept. 28 with a 7:00 p.m. exhibition game against McGill.
The 15th-ranked Friar men's hockey team will open the 2013-14 season with a two-game homestand against 14th-ranked Minnesota State on Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12. Tickets are still available for the home opening weekend and are just $5. Order online at friars.com/tickets or by calling ticket office at 401-865-GOPC.