Pettit National Ice Center, Inc. is a Wisconsin not-for-profit corporation, exempt from tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, that has operated the Pettit National Ice Center, located in the City of Milwaukee, since its construction in 1992.
As an Official U.S. Olympic Training Site, the Pettit Center with its speed skating Oval and two international-size hockey rinks has been instrumental in the development of U.S. speed skaters to compete for and win Olympic medals and has been host to regional, national and international competitions, as well as AAA hockey showcases and annual indoor running marathon, both attracting teams and runners from across the nation.
As one of only two enclosed Ovals in the United States and the only one at sea-level, the Pettit Center had a critical role in preparing speed skaters to compete in the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea, at sea level.
All of the U.S. speed skaters who have participated in the last six Winter Olympics have competed or trained at the Pettit Center. This esteemed group is led by Bonnie Blair Cruikshank (5-time gold medalist), Dan Jansen, Chris Witty, and Shani Davis.
The Pettit National Ice Center is named for Jane Bradley Pettit, whose generous early contributions provided the primary private funding for the construction and initial operation of the Pettit Center. Today the Center operates on a $2.8 million budget, generating over 90% of its income from its public programming and sponsorships, with the balance from grants and charitable contributions.
The legacy of speed skating in the Milwaukee area, even preceding the outdoor Olympic Oval which opened in the 1960’s, contributed to the passion and determination to build the first enclosed Oval in the United States, culminating with the opening of the Pettit Center on December 31, 1992. Yet, the Center is sustained by its more than 430,000 visitors annually who embrace the Center as a remarkable community asset for skating, ice hockey, running/walking, convenient meeting space, fitness & recreation, Olympic inspiration, and family fun.
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