Monday, March 16, 2009

Women's Rink/Practice Rink Moving Forward

Great news, courtesy of 'GB Puck Fan' over on USCHO. Today's Business Journal of Milwaukee notes that UW is planning on moving forward with the proposed ice facility to be built adjacent to the Kohl Center, despite the tough economic times. UW is planning on financing the $25 million structure using 100% private donations.

The credit crisis has eliminated traditional methods of underwriting sports projects, including those at colleges, which often sell bonds to initially pay for construction. But in Madison, where Wisconsin’s women’s team entered last weekend’s NCAA tournament as the top overall seed and the men were seeded third in their conference tourney, athletic officials are confident they will cover building costs by passing the hat among Badgers hockey’s biggest supporters.

“We have great fans and a great hockey tradition here with eight national titles between the two programs,” said Sean Frazier, Wisconsin’s associate athletic director for events and facilities. “It’s going to be a challenge, but we have committed donors who want to see this facility happen. We are actively and aggressively going after those folks."

The article also hints at the specifics of the building:
The university expects to select an architect later this month to design a four-level building with bench seating for 2,400 spectators, concessions and rest rooms. The goal is to break ground in 2010 for a fall 2012 opening, Frazier said.
Given the general malaise the economy is in right now, this is great news for both men's and women's UW hockey. So, all you deep-pocketed donors - time to pony up!