Ice Hockey Team will have new home for 2019-20 season
Dana Hall School will become an anchor tenant in the ice rink facility at the new Wellesley Sport Center, which is slated to open in 2019. Currently under construction and less than 10 minutes from Dana Hall’s campus, the Wellesley Sport Center will provide a true home ice advantage for the School’s ice hockey program.
“This agreement demonstrates our steadfast commitment to our student athletes and ensures that the ice hockey program has access to the same first-in-class facilities that our teams that compete inside the Shipley Center already enjoy,” said Head of School Katherine Bradley. “This strategic partnership elevates our ice hockey program and raises the profile of the School. I am looking forward to joining our families and fans in supporting our ice hockey team when they finally compete on home ice.”
Currently, the ice hockey team holds its practices at 6 a.m. in the St. Sebastian’s School rink in Needham. They do not have any home games – the Dragons are always the away team. The new agreement gives Dana Hall School seasonal locker room ownership, ice surface naming rights and facility advertisement. Most importantly, the team will be able to practice in the afternoon during the time set aside for all of Dana Hall’s athletic programs and host home games that are easily accessible for players, families and fans.
“For years, our ice hockey team has succeeded through the sheer will, determination, and love of the game of our athletes and coaches,” said Director of Athletics, Health and Wellness John Suby. “This agreement evens the playing field – or the playing ice, in this case – for them, and allows our entire community to experience the energy and spirit of the program.”
When the Wellesley Sports Center opens in 2019, the 130,000 square foot sport and recreation facility will host local youth, high school and advanced programs in ice and sled hockey, figure skating, aquatics and turf programs, along with strength and conditioning and physical therapy components. It is located on the eastbound side of Route 9 in Wellesley.
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