Lee and Penny Anderson Arena

Arena Overview

The St. Thomas community is excited to bring the Lee and Penny Anderson Arena to the South Campus. Our men’s and women’s hockey and basketball teams will play in the arena and the space will also be home to special campus events such as commencement ceremonies, academic convocations, speakers and career fairs.

Many sites have been explored for this project, including Highland Bridge and various other locations in the City of St. Paul. After careful analysis, it was determined that the best location for the arena is on South Campus. The arena will be located next to the Anderson parking facility – away from Goodrich Avenue. It will require Cretin Hall, the Service Center and McCarthy Gym to come down. Binz and Brady Educational Center will remain, as will the soccer and softball fields. The arena will be centralized and face inward towards South Campus, adjacent to the Facilities Design Center. The construction for the arena is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2025, just in time for the hockey and basketball seasons.

Overall, the University of St. Thomas is confident that the proposed project to build the arena – which will be an energy efficient facility, designed to meet LEED certification requirements – has been examined in detail by all necessary parties, including a thorough environmental assessment by the City of Saint Paul.

St. Thomas looks forward to continuing its partnership with the city, which includes ongoing work to create parking and traffic mitigation plans and address other issues of concern. As a long-time member of the Macalester-Groveland and Union Park neighborhoods, St. Thomas will continue to engage with the community and create opportunities for ongoing dialogue throughout this project.

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