Bird Arena – On-Campus Rink
The Ohio University, Bird Ice Arena is an indoor ice facility featuring an illuminated 190' by 85' ice surface. Activities include recreational skating, Learn to Play Hockey, Athens Youth Hockey Association, academic classes, intramural broomball, recreational hockey, learn to skate programs, figure skating, birthday parties, and private rentals. The facility is open from late September to March and available to university students, faculty/staff, alumni, and community. Bird Ice Arena is home ice for the four-time ACHA national champions, the ACHA D-1 Ohio University Men's Ice Hockey team.
A strong athletics program begins in the weight room long before playing seasons start. Because of this, the Dr. Steve and Kathy Carin Strength and Conditioning Center located at Peden Stadium is an important catalyst in helping all of Ohio University's sports teams prepare for successful seasons.
The $1.1 million facility was built as an addition to Peden stadium and located at the south-west portion of the facility. This location makes it easily accessible to all of Ohio's student-athletes. The center provides state-of-the-art equipment and enough space to accommodate 100 student-athletes training at any given time. Built completely from donations by Ohio University alumni and friends, the center was dedicated on Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, and has since greatly enhanced the opportunities for and abilities of the 600 Bobcat student-athletes who use the facility each year.
"Ohio's strength and conditioning program is designed to help our student-athletes realize their utmost athletic potential while helping them develop self-discipline and mental toughness," says Sonny Sano, the Bobcats' director of strength and conditioning. "We train hard and smart, and we employ a comprehensive approach utilizing strength training, plyometrics, speed and agility development, flexibility exercises and sport-specific conditioning."
Featuring Eleiko weights and a Mondo sports flooring system, the center boasts 10,000 square feet of the best and safest training equipment in use today, as well as a $5,000 sound system. These features allow an optimum training experience and further the strength and conditioning program's goal to develop bigger, faster and stronger athletes.
"Our goal is to outwork every single team we face," adds Sano. "To accomplish that, we have to outwork our opponents in our preparation. This facility - the Carin Center - provides us with an outstanding opportunity to do so."
Dr. Steve Carin has been an Ohio University team physician since 1983, all the while displaying the utmost dedication and loyalty to the Bobcat athletics program and providing excellent medical care for the student-athletes. Dr. Carin also serves Ohio University as a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees and Athletics Major Gifts Committee. Since 1980, he has been a faculty member of the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The leadership gift from Dr. Carin and his wife Kathy was one of 34 total donations that built the Carin Strength and Conditioning Center.
Other major donors included:
Colonel Marc and Gail Glasgow
Michael and Ruth Griesser
Harold and Naomi Laughlin
Tad and Ann Grover
Gary and Pat Meyer
Alan and Ruby Riedel
Tooey Trust (Richard H. Brown, trustee)
G. Ronald and Becky Atkinson
I. Carson and Barbara Crow (in memory of Frederick Wilkinson Crow, Jr. and Eleanor Karr Crow)
Bob and Gwen Forloine
The Green and White Club
G. William "Bill" Hill
Steve and Joni Hodgson
Wilfred and Ann Lee Konneker (in memory of Si Johnson)
Buddy and Debbie Mohler
Dan and Nancy Streiff
John and Ashley Beck
Donald and Patricia Harrison
Robert and Veronica Koepke
The Picard Family (in memory of Fred Picard)