Sharpened blades scraping the ice. The siren wail of a goal made. The excited crush of thousands of cheering fans.
These are the sounds of the John J. MacInnes Student Ice Arena, Michigan Tech’s location for Huskies hockey, Pep Band pandemonium, Pomp and Circumstance, and an endless supply of heart-pounding, uproarious, and victorious moments for players, students, families, and fans.
The MacInnes Ice Arena is home to Michigan Tech’s NCAA Division I hockey team. The arena was named for John J. MacInnes, head coach of the hockey Huskies from 1956 to 1983, and considered by many to be among the most successful coaches in the history of college hockey.
Originally opened in 1972 and renovated in 2008–2009, the arena features a seating capacity of 4,200, fourteen luxury suites/skyboxes, a recently updated energy-efficient ice plant and rink slab, top-of-the-line plastic seating (the wooden seats were replaced in 2008), and a professional 200-by-85-foot ice rink. View the new video scoreboard added in June.
The MacInnes Ice Arena provides a fan experience that Husky hockey fans have raved about for years. Stadium Journey magazine recently rated the arena the #2 best hockey arena experience in Michigan. Based on high marks in categories such as atmosphere, access, fans, neighborhood, and food and beverage—not to mention a five-out-of-five crowd review rating—the magazine deemed the arena “well worth the journey to Houghton” and described the rowdy, rousing student section as one of the best in the entire NCAA.
In addition to Huskies hockey, the arena hosts Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology classes, intramural ice hockey, recreational skating, youth and adult hockey and figure skating programs, and private rentals. It also serves as a special events area and can accommodate 5,600 people for events such as Michigan Tech’s commencements, concerts, circuses, and more.