Wisconsin’s Plans for Secondary Rink Stall

Wisconsin has halted planning on a project that would give its women’s hockey team a new home rink that would double as a practice rink for the school’s men’s team.

The proposed facility was to be built adjacent to the Kohl Center and include new locker rooms for both teams.

“This project has been very well received and we are most appreciative of those who have supported it financially thus far,” Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a news release. “We are, however, not quite where we feel we need to be to move forward at this time from a financial standpoint. It simply would not be responsible, particularly in this economic climate, for us to proceed until we feel comfortable doing so. We will continue to work diligently toward our goal of building this important facility.”

The men’s team practices most often at the Bob Johnson Hockey Complex attached to the Dane County Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the team’s former home. School administrators have expressed concern about having players venture off campus daily for practice.

The women’s team has a full-time locker room at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center.

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