Youth Hockey Creates Boon for South Bend Economy

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Visit South Bend Mishawaka is reporting the home of the University of Notre Dame men’s hockey team, Compton Family Ice Arena, hosted 26 youth hockey events during the 2018-19 academic year, contributing $12.5 million to the local economy. The events brought more than 38,700 visitors to the area, according to the convention and visitors bureau.

Compton Family Ice Arena features two sheets of ice and 5,000 seats. 

The facility opened in 2011, and has had visitors from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

“The 2018-19 season, featuring a USA Hockey National Championship and many other busy and outstanding youth hockey weekends, was a successful year for the Compton Family Ice Arena and the city of South Bend,” Michael McNeill, programming and instruction program manager at Compton, said in a news release.“The partnerships with Visit South Bend and our youth hockey tournament providers continue to grow and evolve, and our staff at Compton values those relationships. We are looking forward to a fun and exciting 2019-20 season.”

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