Lake Placid Olympic Center

Many of the Most Memorable Moments in Olympic History

It is often said that Lake Placid is where "miracles are made." It was at the Lake Placid Olympic Center, in 1980, that the US men's hockey team toppled the Soviet Union on its way to winning the gold medal. This is where 16-year-old figure skater Sonja Henie won an Olympic gold medal in 1932 and charmed the world. Out front is the speed skating oval, where in 1932 local Olympian Jack Shea and teammate Irving Jaffee each won two gold medals, Eric Heiden won five in 1980, and where you can skate all winter long. But the glory isn't all behind us. Every year the 7,700-seat 1980 Rink Herb Brooks Arena (named after the Miracle on Ice coach) hosts national and international figure skating competitions, USA Hockey events, Stars on Ice and other special events. During the summer months we host Saturday Night Ice Shows. National and international level skaters such as Ryan Bradley and Rachael Flatt are regulars and you never know when a legend like Scott Hamilton or Jim Craig might pop in for a day. We have a total of four ice surfaces (three indoor, one outdoor) for Lake Placid public skating and athlete training, host one of the longest-running summer figure skating programs in the world and can accommodate your needs for conventions and large conferences in Lake Placid. All of it is open to you. Walk through the Arena during a tournament and hear cheers powering a team to victory, just as the crowd's chants coaxed a miracle out of the US team years ago. This is the Olympic Center. This is the heart of Lake Placid. Check out a Virtual Tour of the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena, 1932 Rink and the Conference Center at Lake Placid.

Lake Placid Olympic Museum
When visiting the Olympic Center be sure not to miss the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. So how did Lake Placid, a tiny mountain town of just a few thousand year-round residents, play host to the world—twice? It's a remarkable story, and it's told in detail at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, at the base of the Olympic Center. With equipment from the Games, like US hockey goalie Jim Craig's jersey and pads, videos and ever-changing exhibits, the museum brings to life Lake Placid's miraculous history as the world's winter sports capital.

Lake Placid Figure Skating
The Olympic Center runs a variety of programs for figure skaters training for regional, national and international competitions. For more information on training here, please visit Lake Placid Skating or join us on Twitter.

General Information

  • Open 7 days a week from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Phone: 518.523.1655
  • Web Cam

During the summer months, the Olympic Center is busy hosting Lake Placid Skating; one of the longest running summer figure skating programs in the world as well as an array of hockey tournaments. On Fridays, figure skaters can work on their programs in front of an audience during Freaky Fridays and on Saturday Nights, the 1932 Rink Jack Shea Arena hosts Saturday Night Ice Shows, a tradition of Lake Placid skating. Past headliners have included Ryan Bradley, Kimmie Meissner, Johnny Weir, Mirai Nagasu, and Rachael Flatt.

Free: Some events may require the purchase of a ticket for entrance

Explore our three historic arenas and walk the hallowed hallways of the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena and the 1932 rink.  Aside from public skating, firgure skating and hockey the Olympic Center offers guided tours, a virtual reality experience and some of the best views in town.

Free: Some events may require the purchase of a ticket for entrance
Lake Placid Brewfest
October 10, 2015 - Taste the best beers around and talk with the brewers who made them!
VIP Admission 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM | General Admission 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Adirondack Thunder
Watch the Adirondack Thunder face-off against Reading Royals in the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena!
7:00 pm
ECAC Men's Hockey Championship
Come see the best NCAA Division I ECAC hockey teams compete for the Championship Title!
Lake Placid Olympic Museum
Exhibiting Olympic dreams on snow and ice, both past and present.
Olympic Center Tour
Take a guided tour and learn about the Olympic Center's history, current role, and future plans
Freaky Fridays
This FREE skating event is all about fun!
Saturday Night Ice Shows
See new top skaters perform each week!
Zamboni Passenger Ride
Where else but Lake Placid can you take a Zamboni Ride!