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Sacred Heart University to Break Ground on its New Ice Hockey Arena

Fairfield, CT - Sacred Heart University will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new 122,158-square-foot hockey arena, the future home to the University’s Division I men’s and women’s ice hockey teams, men’s and women’s club ice hockey teams and club figure skating. The $70-million facility will include the latest technology in ice management and care to create a safe experience for student-athletes, world-class strength and condition training suites, a rapid shot puck room with synthetic ice, team locker rooms, player lounges, a pro shop, concession stands and much more. The arena will have over 3,600 seating capacity and is scheduled to be operational by January 2023. Development and construction of the arena is a collaboration among JLG Architects, The SLAM Collaborative, Dimensional Innovations and Consigli Construction.

Sacred Heart administration and Town of Fairfield officials will celebrate the beginning of this state-of-the-art facility’s construction. The groundbreaking will take place at the West Campus Atrium, Sacred Heart University’s West Campus, 3135 Easton Turnpike, Fairfield. The public can watch the event live on YouTube. The ceremony is set for Monday, March 15, at 11 a.m.

About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University’s nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 386 Colleges–2021 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best Business Schools–2021 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theatre. www.sacredheart.edu

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