Yost Ice Arena

Yost Ice Arena, previously the Fielding H. Yost Field House, is an indoor ice hockey arena located on the school of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was converted for usage as an ice arena in 1973 and has been home of the males’s ice hockey team since then and to the females’s ice hockey club team since their establishment in 1994. Ann Arbor Michigan Information. 

Former names Fielding H. Yost Field House
Location 1000 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Coordinates 42°16′4″N 83°44′27.7″WCoordinates: 42°16′4″N 83°44′27.7″W
Owner University of Michigan
Operator University of Michigan
Capacity 5,800
Record attendance 8,411
Field size 200′ x 85′ (ice hockey)
2 x 100′ x 100′
(ice hockey)
Surface Ice
Broke ground January 1922
Opened November 10, 1923
(96 years ago)
Construction cost $563,168 (original)
$9.9 million (combined renovations of 1992, 1996, 2001 & 2006)
$16 million (2012 renovation)
Architect Charles R. Beltz and Company
Rossetti (2012 renovation)
Michigan Wolverines (NCAA)
Men’s basketball 1923–1967
Men’s ice hockey 1973–present
Women’s ice hockey (ACHA) 1994–present


In 1973, it was transformed into an ice arena, and the Michigan hockey team has utilized it since. The University of Michigan’s Senior and Collegiate integrated skating and freestyle teams also practice at Yost. In addition, local high school groups, leisure leagues (AAAHA) and the university’s intramural hockey league call it home.

Yost Ice Arena has hosted NCAA Ice Hockey Tournament games 5 times in its history, most just recently in 2003. In 2017, the rink at Yost was named the Red Berenson Rink after previous coach Red Berenson in honor of his 33 seasons of coaching Michigan’s ice hockey team, and officially dedicated to Berenson on January 5, 2018.


Yost has undergone a number of remodellings to improve its centers and enhance features for viewers. In 1992, a $1 million renovation job replaced the rink floor and refrigeration system and consisted of the setup of a desiccant dehumidification system. A $5.5 million restoration project finished prior to the 1996-97 season brought brand-new dasherboards with tempered glass, enhanced lighting and stereo, state-of-the art ceiling insulation, and the replacement of goal line scoreboards with totally automated boards on the east and west sides. Flooring improvement included a brand-new professional store, modernized concession stands and bathrooms, new locker spaces and a better lobby, total with prize displays and elaborate woodwork. Seating throughout the place was reconfigured and sight lines were improved.

The center underwent another $1.4 million renovations throughout the summer of 2001, which created a new balcony directly across from the press box that juts out over existing stands and supplies 300 new seats. In the entrance to the new seating level is a lounge that opens onto a platform in the northeast corner on the arena and ignores the ice. A new stairwell, brand-new washrooms and a kitchen area to serve hot food in the new seating area likewise were added to improve the facilities for the individuals being in the brand-new seats. In addition, a center ice scoreboard and keeps an eye on beneath the east and west wing terraces were set up. In the summer of 2006, a $2 million task included the structure of a new challenger locker space. It is situated at the opposite end of the ice from U-M’s locker room, making getting in and exiting the ice much easier for both teams.

The most current restoration cost the University of Michigan Athletics Department $16 million and was done by Rossetti Architects. The renovation consisted of: ADA accessible seating, new aluminum bench seating throughout, “ice” box seats in the corners of the arena, seat backed premium seating, a brand-new press box, an upgraded concourse with improved concessions, outside windows and updated lighting and sound systems. Yost Ice Arena’s seating was minimized from 6,200 to 5,800, though premium seating was expanded from 300 to 500 and total capacity is approximately 6,600.

The Michigan hockey group held a re-dedication event for the newly remodelled Yost Ice Arena on November 16, 2012, at their video game against Notre Dame. Nearly 80 previous players joined the Michigan faithful that night, consisting of Marty Turco and Brendan Morrison. The group took to the ice throughout the first intermission, where they cut pieces from a net using large scissors, while a jam-packed house waved glowsticks.