Yost Ice Arena
Yost Ice Arena has served as the home of the Michigan ice hockey team since 1973-74, and over 3 million fans have helped make it one of the most exciting and intimidating venues in college hockey. The atmosphere has helped Michigan on the ice significantly, with over 450 victories at home.
Originally built in 1923 as a field house, the structure was named in honor of Michigan's legendary football coach and athletic director, Fielding H. Yost. Before being converted to an ice arena in 1973, the building housed the great track teams of the 1950s and the Cazzie Russell-led basketball teams of the mid-1960s. Although no one can fill Yost to capacity (6,637) quite like the Wolverines, a number of others, including local high school teams, recreational leagues and the University's intramural hockey league, call it home.
Yost Ice Arena is one of the most unique arenas in college hockey not only because it retains the charm of an old barn, but also offers the amenities of the most modern of arenas. In 1992, a $1 million renovation project replaced the rink floor and refrigeration unit and included the installation of a desiccant dehumidification system.
A $5.5 million renovation project at Yost Ice Arena completed prior to the 1996-97 season brought new dasherboards with tempered glass, improved lighting and sound systems, state-of-the art ceiling insulation, and the replacement of end zone scoreboards with fully automated boards on the east and west sides. First floor remodeling included a new pro shop, modernized concession stands and restrooms, new locker rooms and an improved lobby, complete with trophy showcases and ornate woodwork. Seating throughout the venue was reconfigured and sightlines were improved.
The new second floor varsity area houses a well-appointed locker room and training area/weight room suite used exclusively by the Michigan ice hockey team. Second floor renovations also created a new concourse, complete with arena administrative offices, improved restroom and concession facilities, and an elevator. Upgraded press facilities boast an enviable center ice vantage point and offer some of the finest media accommodations in the country for college hockey.
The facility underwent another $1.4-millon of renovation during the summer of 2001, which created a new balcony directly across from the press box that juts out over existing stands and provides 300 new seats. In the entrance to the new seating level is a lounge that opens up onto a platform in the northeast corner on the arena and overlooks the ice. A new stairwell, new restrooms and a kitchen to serve hot food in the new seating area also were added to improve the amenities for the individuals sitting in the new seats. In addition, a center ice scoreboard and monitors underneath the east and west wing balconies were installed.
Most recently, in the summer of 2006, a $2 million project involved the building of a new opponent locker room. It is situated at the opposite end of the ice from U-M's locker room, making entering and exiting the ice easier for both teams.
On five occasions, Yost has hosted NCAA tournament action. In addition to hosting tournament games in 1976-77 and 1990-91, the West Regional was held in Ann Arbor at the end of the 1997-98 and the 2001-02 seasons. In 1998, Michigan won a pair of games -- including a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the defending national champions, North Dakota -- to advance to the Frozen Four where the Wolverines won their NCAA-record ninth national championship. In 2002, Michigan again won a pair of games at Yost to advance to the Frozen Four. Yost Ice Arena also played host to the NCAA Midwest Regional for the 2003 NCAA Tournament, the first year the NCAA hockey tournament expanded to 16 teams held at four regional locations.
Yost Ice Arena's reputation for inducing a crowd-crazy atmosphere filtered right onto the April 28, 1997, pages of Sports Illustrated, which featured the game-night intensity prominently among its look at America's Top 50 athletic schools.
Yost's Previous Tenants
Yost Field House was dedicated on Nov. 10, 1923, in conjunction with the football game against the Quantico Marine team.
The first basketball game played at Yost was on Jan. 11,1924, versus Michigan Agricultural College (U-M 23, MAC 19). The last basketball game played at Yost was on March 11, 1967, versus Iowa (Iowa 83, U-M 76).
The first indoor track and field meet at Yost was on March 28, 1925, versus Cornell (U-M 64-1/2, Cornell 30-1/2). Michigan sprinter William Dehart Hubbard equaled the world record in the 60-yard dash with a time of 6.2 seconds at this meet.
Football and baseball also used Yost Field House for training and practice.
The True Impact of Yost Ice Arena's Fans
"It's an old barn with a lot of history. Then you have the students who live for the team and the university. They're on their feet the whole game. The intensity and all the noise is a sixth man on the ice and it gives us extra energy. There is no place like it."
"The crowd really energizes you and gives you an extra jump in your step. They really get behind us. It's a fun atmosphere to play in. It has to be intimidating for the other team to have to come in and play here."
"The teams are already down two goals when they come into this place. It's a pretty ruthless crowd. When you play for Michigan, in their eyes, you can do no wrong. And, that's pretty special too ... a lot of guys feed off that energy."
"The fans care and actually stay after the game and want to stay because they support us."
"The crowd interacts incredibly with the game, especially the way the band plays to the game with the crowd ... It is the greatest atmosphere and I would not trade it for anything."
From Detroit Metro Airport and points east: Take I-94 west to State Street (exit 177). Turn right. Travel north approximately 2 1/4 miles through two stoplights. Turn left just past Yost Ice Arena into parking lot.
From Chicago and points west: Take I-94 east to State Street (exit 177). Turn left. Travel north approximately 2 1/4 miles through three stoplights. Turn left just past Yost Ice Arena into parking lot.
From Toledo and points south: Take U.S. 23 north to I-94 west. Follow directions from Detroit Metro Airport.
From Flint and points north: Take U.S. 23 south to I-94 west. Follow directions from Detroit Metro Airport.
Check the Yost Ice Arena Home Page for information on public skating, skate sharpening, the pro shop and upcoming programs and events.