History of the Arena

Timeline

The William G. Mennen Sports Arena was built in 1973 on land donated by the Mennen Company. On Sunday, January 12, 1975, the William G. Mennen Sports Arena was officially opened to the public. At the opening, there was only one ice surface with permanent seating for 2,500 spectators. In 1986, a second ice surface was completed and in 2002, a third ice surface was completed.

1973
May 1

Ground Breaking

January 12

Open to Public/Dedication

1975
January 14

Skating Club of Morris Signs Contract with MSA for club ice

Shrine Circus

First Off Ice Event

1982

Arena’s Learn to Skate Program Begins

January 22

Rink 2 Opens

1986
1988
December 3

Eastern Figure Skating Championships

First Special Needs Synchronized Skating Team, who participated in the Special Olympics Winter Games, held at the Arena.

1989
2002
March 25

Rink 3 Open

Hosted a Women’s National Olympic Hockey Team against Sweden

January 31 & February 1

NJ Special Olympics Winter Games

2005
2006
January 30 & 31

NJ Special Olympics Winter Games

January 29 & 30

NJ Special Olympics Winter Games

2007
2009

Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships

Winter Olympics – Canada

Cathy/Chris Reed – Ice Dance Team – Skating for Japan – 17th

Allison Reed – Ice Dance Team – Skating for Georgia – 22nd

2010
2011

County Shelter for Hurricane Irene

Kristi Yamaguchi Book Signing for “It’s a Big World Little Pig”

2012

County Shelter for Hurricane Sandy

2015

LTS Program was one of the top 5 in the country as cited by the United States Figure Skating Association and was recognized for its high participation enrollment in the Basic Skills Program with 1,315 participants.

Morris County Park Commission Skating Program Ranked NO. 1 in New Jersey! (August 28, 2022 News Article)

2022