“Great moments are born from great opportunity…”
Lake Placid might be most well-known for hosting the 1980 Winter Olympics and the famed “Miracle on Ice” hockey game.
Named the top sports moment of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated, the “Miracle on Ice” was a huge win for the US that is still talked about to this day.
Named after the coach of the “Miracle on Ice,” the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena has an essence that almost brings you back to that famed day, even if you weren’t there. Herb Brooks Arena is a 7,700 seat venue that still hosts events today. From national and international figure skating and Stars on Ice, to USA Hockey and ECAC Championships, the 1980 Rink still fills with a cheering crowd just as it did on that special day.
If you’re visiting Lake Placid, stopping at the Olympic Center and taking a walk through the Herb Brooks Arena is a must.
The Olympic Center has four rinks total, three indoors (The 1980 Rink, The 1932 Jack Shea Arena, and The USA Rink) and one outdoors (The Olympic Speed Skating Oval.)
You can sign up for a guided tour of the Olympic Center where you will get a detailed account of the history of the arena, including personal memories of what it was like to work there in the 1980s. Check on hours and pricing for tours.
While you’re at the Olympic Center, be sure to stop in and visit the Olympic Museum. Open daily, the museum is packed with information and memorabilia of past Olympics. There’s a section dedicated to the “Miracle on Ice” game, including the jersey and pads from goalie Jim Craig, as well as a wall of torches from past games.
Want to experience what it was like to be at the Olympics first-hand? Skate the outdoor Olympic Oval! The Oval is open to the public Monday, Thursday & Friday from 7:00 – 9:00 pm and Saturday – Sunday 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Take in the fresh Lake Placid air and mountain views as you zip around one of the only outdoor rinks of its kind left in the country!