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Four teams are directly impacted by the new facility. Women's hockey will practice and compete in the 2,273-seat facility, while men's hockey will practice there. Both teams have expansive locker and team rooms as well as equipment and sports medicine facilities. The building also houses the women's coaching offices which overlook the ice.
The men's and women's swimming programs have spacious locker rooms, a sports medicine area, and huge team room with a view of Wisconsin's majestic Capitol. The arena is attached to its competition venue, the Southeast Recreation Building or SERF, by an enclosed skywalk.
The arena includes a dedicated dining facility for all the teams which use the LaBahn Arena and Kohl Center. The Kohl Center is attached to LaBahn by a long tunnel.
The total cost of the project was $27.9 million, with two-thirds of the cost coming from gifts to UW Athletics and the remainder coming from bonding.
La Bahn Arena is a tri-level complex that includes the following:
- 90' by 200' ice sheet for men's and women's hockey practice and women's competition, with seating for 2,273 spectators
- Men's and women's hockey team locker rooms and a visiting team locker room
- Women's hockey office suite and associated support spaces
- Locker and team room functions for the men's and women's swimming programs
- A connecting skywalk to the Southeast Recreation Facility (SERF)
- Minor renovation within SERF to accommodate circulation between the pool and the swimming teams' new locker suites
- Underground connection to the Kohl Center
- Relocation of the men's basketball locker suite to space vacated by the men's hockey locker suite at the Kohl Center; expansion of training room facilities, and expansion of laundry/equipment-issue facilities to accommodate the additional occupants of the complex
Key in the creation of the facility was bringing the Badger hockey and swimming teams to a centralized campus location for practice, competition and student services such as academics and sports medicine.