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About Us


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 Training Site for US Speedskating 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. 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, inspiration, and family fun.

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PNIC Programs

  • Pettit Adult Hockey League
  • Figure Skating Program
  • Kids on Ice Field Trips
  • Schools on Ice grant-supported skating instruction
  • Birthday Parties
  • Public Skating sessions year around
  • Girl Scout and Boy Scout skating
  • Run/Walk Track
  • Skating School (Learn-to-Skate Program)
  • Summer Camp Programs
  • Senior Skaters Program
  • Curling for recreation
  • Corporate Wellness packages

Mission Statement

The Pettit National Ice Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports the development and health benefits of skating for people of all ages and abilities. The Pettit Center actively promotes to the general public, from youngsters to seniors, the physical and emotional rewards of recreational skating  and the constructive opportunities to learn, practice, and compete as speed skaters, figure skaters, and hockey players. Designated as an Official Training Site for US Speedskating and one of two indoor speed skating Ovals in the United States, the Center continues its legacy for programming to teach, develop, and train athletes to pursue high goals in  speed skating at local, regional, national and international levels of competition.

Vision Statement

Through instruction, training initiatives, sanctioned competitions, and recreational programming, the Pettit National Ice Center promotes individual development, attainment of goals for athletic success, fitness, and personal enjoyment for people of all ages, abilities, and interests related primarily to ice skating and hockey.

Upcoming Events

January 23, 2023 - January 29, 2023