Compton Family Ice Arena
Opened in October 2011, the Compton Family Ice Arena anchors the south edge of campus, adjacent to the Joyce Center and west of the Irish track and field facility. The state-of-the-art arena houses two ice rinks and was designed to support the Notre Dame hockey programs and those in the local community. The facility was made possible by a generous lead giftfrom Kevin and Gayla Compton, who also own the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL).
With its eye-catching, barrel-vaulted roof and bow trusses, the main arena has two levels with a capacity of 5,000—both seated and standing room combined—with the majority of the seats a comfortable, chair-back style. The student section and hockey band seating are located on the west end of both levels. O’Brien’s, the exclusive club for Fighting Irish Hockey games, is located on the upperlevel, as well as general admission seating and the media center. Open concourses on both levels provide ample standing room.
The Charles W. “Lefty” Smith Jr. Rink, the NHL-size playing surface of the main arena, honors the first coach in the Notre Dame hockey program. The Olympic-size rink can be divided into two smaller rinks to be used by the Irish Youth Hockey League (IYHL), the USA Hockey Athlete Development Model (ADM), figure skating, public skating, and intramural broomball. The building also houses numerous offices, locker rooms, and training facilities. Learn more about the Compton Family Ice Arena.