Yale Dedicates Renovated Home of Yale Hockey

David S. Ingalls Rink, home of Yale hockey for more than fifty years, was rededicated at a ceremony January 16.

On Saturday, January 16, Yale University rededicated David S. Ingalls Rink following an eighteen-month expansion and renovation. Attended by more than 200 guests, the ceremony celebrated giving by Yale benefactors including Lois and Roland W. Betts ’68 as well as Diana D. ’72 and Michael C. ’67 Brooks and Cynthia K. and Andrew T. Dwyer ’71, for whom the Brooks-Dwyer Varsity Strength and Conditioning Center is named. Redmond Ingalls ’98 and Rebekah Ingalls ’83 were also recognized for their family’s continued commitment to Yale Hockey.

Following the ceremony and reception, the women’s team beat Rensselaer 4-3 and the men ousted Brown 8-5.

The highlight of the renovation is the underground addition of a Varsity Team Center, providing 14,000 square feet for locker rooms, a medical room, a strength and conditioning facility, a study space, and offices. The renovation also provided a fresh skating surface and dehumidification system, brighter overhead lighting, and new seats. The press boxes and ticket booths were refurbished, along with the concession and restroom areas. 

The ceremony and reception took place in the Schley Room, which was revitalized with new furniture and flat-screen televisions. Guests mingled and reminisced while viewing framed photographs of teams and coaches past.

Ingalls Rink was designed by renowned architect Eero Saarinen ’34, who practiced in Hamden, Connecticut, until his death in 1961. His successor firm Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates, LLC, worked to preserve his design while providing exceptional, modernized amenities. President Richard C. Levin said, “I’m thrilled to help celebrate the rededication of this stunning architectural triumph and beloved Yale icon, Ingalls Rink. If Eero Saarinen were here with us today, I think he too would be thrilled that his original vision has been so faithfully preserved.”

The “Yale Whale,” nicknamed because of its hump-backed, arching roof, has been the home of men’s hockey since 1958 and women’s hockey since 1977. “Eero Saarinen’s original design was pure magic, and the renovations did not want to compromise his original vision,” said Roland Betts. “The renovation and expansion of the rink will only improve the great tradition of Yale hockey.”

(January 26, 2010)

January 26, 2010