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Yost Ice Arena

Ann Arbor, MI

Home of the Michigan Wolverines



Yost Ice Arena (map it)
1000 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Michigan Wolverines website

Yost Ice Arena website

Year Opened: 1923

Capacity: 6,637

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Michigan Hockey at Yost Ice Arena

Fielding Yost was one of the great early college football coaches. The University of Michigan won 4 consecutive championships beginning in 1901, and played an astounding 56 consecutive games without being defeated. That 1901 season was one of the most dominant performances in the history of sport, as the Wolverines went undefeated and did not give up a single point.

When a new fieldhouse was built in Ann Arbor, it was only right to name it after the iconic coach. What is now known as Yost Ice Arena, the building was opened in 1923, and was once the host to the basketball team before they moved down the road to Crisler Arena. Yost has been home to the hockey team since 1973.

Today, the building is a little quirky, and absolutely perfect for watching college hockey.


What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

There isn't much on offer to eat and drink at Yost, but what they do have is of a decent quality. I tried the all-beef hot dog ($4) and Papa John's pizza slice ($5). Both were good, but probably just slightly overpriced.

Also on offer are pretzels ($4), Michigan souvenir box of popcorn ($5), and "ultimate nachos" ($7). For beverages, you can go cold with a 20-ounce Coke product ($4), or hot with Tim Horton coffee or cocoa ($2).

Atmosphere    5

The great atmosphere all starts with the pep band and student section. I'll talk about the students in the fan section below, but with the pep band anchoring one corner of the arena, there is instant energy.

The history of the Michigan hockey team can not be ignored. Michigan appeared in the Frozen Four in 10 consecutive years from 1948-1957, winning 6 championships. Walk through the second level concourse and you'll find team pictures for every hockey team to lace up the skates at Michigan. On the lower concourse, you will find just about every trophy of importance in college hockey, as well as special tributes to outstanding players and teams.

Seating is not surprisingly bench seating, with older wooden benches along each side, and high rising metal bleachers at each end.

The one thing that seems a bit out of place is the brand new scoreboard that hangs above center ice. The University of Michigan has invested huge dollars into new scoreboards at Michigan Stadium, Crisler Arena, as well as Yost, but the scoreboard seems a bit out of place here. Don't get me wrong, it's beautiful. But the size just feels like it doesn't belong. Like putting a 52-inch flat screen TV in your closet.

That critique aside, you will love watching hockey at Yost. The level of play is high, the energy is great, and the history is palpable.

Neighborhood    5

You are less than a mile away from the interesting downtown Ann Arbor. It's one of those great college towns, filled with interesting places to eat and drink to bookend your night of hockey. My favorite place to grab a pint is Ashley's, just a short walk north on State Street.

There are plenty of other good options as well. Some of my favorites include some of the options listed on the right side of the page. There's the iconic Zingerman's Deli- a foodies paradise, among many others in Ann Arbor.

You have a younger child with you, then you may also want to check out the Hands-On Museum in downtown Ann Arbor.

Fans    5

Hockey is a great balance between finesse and brutality, and that dichotomy creates an interesting array of fans as well. I find hockey fans in general to be pretty knowledgeable about the game, and I certainly thought that was the case observing the fans at Yost Ice Arena. Especially at a program like Michigan, where the hockey team has had both historical and recent success, it draws in the fervent supporters.

Add in the pep band and a very active student section, and you get a great crowd experience. Sit in sections 4, 5, or 6 so you can observe the action, the benches, and the students, as there is entertainment value to each.

The opponent for the game I attended was the Ferris State Bulldogs. During a break in play, the students lead a cheer that went like this: "Give me a V! Give me an I! Give me a C! Give me a K! What does that spell? VICK! What does that mean? Beat the Bulldogs!!!" Maybe not politically correct, but pretty amusing. You can expect shenanigans like that throughout the game experience.

Access    3

This is a downtown location, so my advice is to park in downtown and walk to Yost Ice Arena. There is some parking available at the arena for $10 if you want to be nearby, or you can look for street parking. I found a spot on State Street just 3 blocks from the arena for free. If you have trouble though, there are larger garages in downtown. I would choose the Thompson Street structure (500 Thompson Street) about 1/2 mile from Yost.

Once inside the arena there are a few peculiar narrow areas of the old building, but by and large you should be able to get around well. Restrooms were adequately sized and clean.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets go for $30 for premium games and range from $20-$25 for lesser opponents. It feels only slightly high, but certainly is still within reason. Concessions and the immediately available parking are also just a tad on the high side in my experience. That said, you WILL have a wonderful time if you like sports- just know that what you get will be on the edge between worth it and maybe not so much.

Extras    3

One extra point for the amazing crowd and energy in the building. Another extra point for the naming after a coaching icon, and one that many people outside of Michigan are as aware as they should be. Yost Ice Arena may be named for a football coach, but it is still a great place to watch hockey.

Michigan has made 24 appearances in the Frozen Four, and has won 9 NCAA Championships. To sit in a building with that many banners is worth an extra point in my book.

Final Thoughts

College hockey is a great way to experience the sport, and Yost Ice Arena is one of the better venues in the game. There are a growing number of college hockey fans out there. If you are one of them, then Yost Ice Arena should be on your must visit list. If you are new to college hockey, then this may be a great venue to receive your indoctrination to the game.

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Crowd Reviews

Make a Toast to Yost

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

If you haven't seen a hockey game here, then it's time you do so. Yost Arena is one of my favorite U of M venue. Ever since the renovations were complete, if you've already been, you wouldn't recognize it. A lot of items are new including seats, concourse, press box, bleachers, concession stands and 4 blue foam pads to cancel echoes. What I love is the atmosphere, food and it's so convenient. The PA Announcer is Scott Spooner and he does a great job of informing/pumping up the fans. So make a toast to Yost and have an awesome time. Go Blue :D

The prototype for college hockey.

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

My favorite stadiums are older places with a unique feel and good crowds. This checks off all three boxes.
It's the prototypical college hockey experience. Check it out!

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