ANGOLA — Trine University will add two new athletic buildings in a $16 million project,
allowing the university to add men’s and women’s hockey teams in 2017, the university
Trine’s women’s hockey team will be the only women’s intercollegiate team in Indiana,
and its men’s team will join nine others in the state.
“We are looking forward to the addition of ice hockey to our athletic department.
Collegiate hockey will bring a new and exciting form of competition to the Trine University
athletics family,” said Matt Land, assistant vice president of athletics at Trine.
The university already has received a significant lead gift toward the total cost
of the project.
“We are grateful for the generosity of those who continue to support the mission we
have of providing a quality, well-rounded education here at Trine,” said President
Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D. “These new buildings will not only provide better facilities
for our athletic teams and the opportunity to expand our athletic programs, but more
opportunities for our students and staff to stay in shape, and recreation for the
community as a whole.”
Trine University’s new 50,600-square-foot, 1,000-seat ice arena will be located on
U.S. 20 (Maumee Street) north of the University Center Apartments.
The arena, with an estimated construction cost of $4.5 million, will include an NCAA-compliant
ice rink, men’s and women’s lockers, concessions, a pro shop with wearables, sticks
and skates for sale, a VIP lounge and two press boxes. It also will include an area
for skate sharpening and rental.
Trine’s NCAA DIII men’s and women’s hockey teams will take to the ice starting in
fall 2017. The university has applied for membership in the Northern Collegiate Hockey
Association, a conference of regional institutions, and will apply to the American
Collegiate Hockey Association DI.
The new arena also will host club and youth hockey programs for the Steuben County
YMCA and local school corporations. It also will be open to the public for skating
at designated times.
Ground is expected to be broken for the ice arena no later than June 1.
The new 3,000-seat MTI Center, with 74,840 square feet and an estimated construction
cost of $11.5 million, will feature three basketball courts, a six-lane bowling alley
and a fitness center, which will include machines as well as a free weight area. It
also will include concessions, an alumni suite and the Trine University Athletic Hall
The new center, which will be located on the site of the Witmer Clubhouse and will
integrate that building, will host Trine men’s and women’s basketball games.
Besides the positive local economic impact from the construction of the buildings,
the university estimates the project will add eight to 10 new jobs as the buildings
open and eventually result in up to 15 new jobs, and bring 200 new students to campus.
Steuben County should see an economic boost as parents, visiting teams and youth hockey
programs visit the area for various events.