David S. Ingalls Rink is a hockey rink designed by architect Eero Saarinen and built between 1953 and 1958 for Yale University. Commonly referred to as The Whale, due to its appearance. The rink stands at the intersection of Prospect and Sachem Streets. The building was constructed for $1.5 million, which was double its original cost estimate. It seats 3,486 fans and has a maximum ceiling height of 23 meters. The building is named for David S. Ingalls, '20 and David S. Ingalls, Jr., '56, who were both hockey captains. The Ingalls family were the primary benefactors of the arena.
The rink employs an innovative structural system in which a 90 meter reinforced concrete arch, from which a cable net is hung, supports a timber roof. This causes a stable, double curvature form, though several cable ties were later added to the exterior of the building, linking the arch directly to the outer edges of the roof. Fred N. Severud was the structural engineer for the project.
Ingalls Rink was renovated at a cost of $1.5 million in 1991, when a new concrete refrigerant slab was added. The locker rooms were also refurbished.
In 2007, it was announced that the rink will undergo a $23.5 million renovation which will include approximately 13,000 sq. ft. of varsity operational space as well as a complete renovation of the current facility, which will include new men's and women's varsity locker rooms, training and strength and conditioning rooms, an added press box, a lower level hockey heritage area, offices for coaches of both programs, a student-athlete study area, new lights, as well as a sound system and de-humidification unit. The upper level interior will also be decorated with photos displaying the history of Yale hockey. This renovation will occur after the 2007-08 season.
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