On Friday, November 4th at 4:30 pm, New Hampton Trustees, alumni, staff and varsity hockey programs gathered to formally dedicate Jacobson Arena, an $8.5 million enhancement to the school's physical plant and an exceptional opportunity for the school's hockey programs.
Special guests at the dedication included Trustee Dean Jacobson '68 who enabled the construction of Jacobson through his generosity and spurred the building project with his entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm. Former Head of School Andrew Menke also joined us for the dedication and spoke of the growing prominence of New Hampton's hockey program, and the clear need to give our student-athletes and school the advantage they deserve with a state-of-the-art facility to grow the hockey program.
Two senior hockey team members were honored to speak at the dedication, Cayla Barnes '17 from Corona California and Max Osborne '17 from Anchorage Alaska. Cayla noted the time that she and her teammates spend at the rink during hockey season: "I am really looking forward to Jacobson Arena because it will be our new home. A place where we eat, sleep, and breathe hockey. This arena will see big overtime wins and some heartbreaking losses, but the heart of Husky Hockey will electrify this building, making it come to life."
Director of Athletics, Jamie Arsenault reflected with great enthusiasm, "The vision and execution of Jacobson Arena is an effort of many, and we are thrilled to open this facility. Not only will our Hockey Programs have access to an incredibly sophisticated facility, but we look forward to seeing Husky Nation, our fellow schools and local community members brought together by an exceptional arena in which to celebrate a beloved sport."
Following the dedication ceremony and the official ribbon cutting, returning members of the varsity men's and women's hockey teams took to the ice with Harry the Husky for a ceremonial first skate.
The facility boasts a full-size rink with proper boards and glass, a stadium seating area, wiring for sound and video, stunning locker rooms and showers, a warming area and glass lobby that overlooks the ice, proper housing for the Zamboni and care for the ice, and plenty of room for spectators to enjoy the game.