The Herb Brooks National Hockey Center (HBNHC), which is located HBNHC is a multi-purpose facility featuring two Olympic size sheets of ice under one roof. Overall the facility measures more than 140,000 square feet with each sheet of ice measuring 200x100.
The facility was renamed in honor of the legendary hockey coach Herb Brooks in April 2013. The facility will now be called the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. Brooks coached at SCSU for one season in 1986-87 and he played a pivotal role in the Huskies' move to the NCAA Division I level and helped secure funding for the construction of the facility in the 1980s.
The facility has undergone a major expansion project that opened with the 2013-14 season.
The expanded Herb Brooks National Hockey Center brings a new experience for St. Cloud State University hockey fans and athletes. This project will added several amenities like gathering areas and executive suites filled with Husky tradition. It modernizes the facilities, improving everything from locker rooms to a spectacular front atrium and ticket lobby.
As fans enter the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, they are greeted by a new entrance on the south side of the building, which includes a spectacular atrium ticket lobby filled with Husky colors and tradition. New elevators and stairways lead fans to an improved concourse level that includes new restroom facilities, concession areas, trophy showcases and the classy Husky Den club room. A new team store, located at the site of the old west side ticket office, features a wide selection of Husky souvenirs for fans on game day.
For the SCSU student-athletes, the renovation provides new and improved training facilities and locker room areas. Both the SCSU men’s and women’s locker facilities have been completely revamped and feature a variety of new amenities including hydro-therapy pools, changing areas and team rooms with custom build locker stalls. The end result is a first class training and game-day environment for our student-athletes.
The project has also provided room for a new weight training facility, loading dock, staff offices, audio-visual updates, and equipment storage areas along with a new entrance and ticket window for the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center’s practice rink.
The main ice arena, which has been named in honor of former SCSU president Brendan J. McDonald (an advocate for the Huskies' move to Division I in 1987-88), seats 5,159 spectators. The lower level seating features seatbacks, while additional seatback were added in some of the upper level seating areas in 2000 and 2006. The remainder of the upper level seating is bench style. Two scoreboards with video replay monitors are featured on the east and west ends of the main arena.
Media providing coverage for HBNHC events are able to work in a spacious press box along the upper level of the building's north side. The press box was remodeled in 2000, and it offers in-game statistic monitors and ample seating for print, broadcast and television media. Press work rooms and interview areas are located on the lower level of the HBNHC. An elevator provides complete access to the press facility.
The second sheet of ice is adjacent to the main arena, and it can accomodate several hundred spectators. The renovation project has provided for a new entrance to the practice arena.Two Zambonis maintain and groom the ice sheets on both rinks (which is widely recognized as one of the best ice surfaces in the conference).
On the lower level, one can find 11 locker rooms, two officials rooms, a fully equipped training room, a weight lifting/fitness center, player lounges, a classroom, a facility manager's office, HBNHC pro shop, equipment rooms and office space for the St. Cloud State University coaches.
The Huskies' locker rooms are just steps from the main arena. These areas provided players with an outstanding location to prepare for games and practice. The main area of the locker rooms features spacious wood lockers for each player, and the areas are connected to the players' lounges, training room and equipment room.
The players' lounges provide a comfortable retreat for the SCSU players before and after practices and games. The lounges feature a wide screen television, plush seating arrangements and relaxtion for the SCSU student-athletes.
The facility has been a long-time host for the USA Hockey Player Development camps, and many Minnesota State High School League playoff games.