Rupert C. Thompson Arena is one of the nation's finest multi-sports facilities. Construction of the arena began in 1973, and the first hockey game was held in November, 1975, when Dartmouth and the United States Olympic team skated to a 3-3 tie.
Formal dedication of the $4.4 million showpiece was held the morning of Dartmouth's Winter Carnival Game against Cornell in 1976 when the Big Green posted a dramatic 9-7 win. The largest crowd in Dartmouth hockey history was recorded January 12, 1980 when 5,017 spectators watched the Big Green defeat Yale 7-3.
The Arena was designed by Pier Luigi Nerevi, the Italian architect-engineer who also drew the complex for the 1960 Olympic games in Rome.
Thompson Arena has 3,520 individually-backed seats plus room for 1,500 standees. Construction involved the use of 9,500 yards of pre-cast and cast-in-place concrete and 600 tons of reinforced steel. The butresses are unique design features of the Arena.
The Arena includes five spacious carpeted dressing rooms for varsity, subvarsity and visiting teams plus two complete training rooms, offices, the William Smoyer '67 Lounge where the Friends of Dartmouth Hockey receptions are held (shown to the left), as well as storage and skate-sharpening areas.
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