The Rochester Olmsted Recreation Center is a vintage rink in southern Minnesota located at 21 Elton Hills Drive N.W. in Rochester. Since opening to the public on January 11, 1975 for hockey use, this recreation facility has gone through two major expansions through the years. The Rec Center is designed to offer a number of community recreation activities under one roof. Today there are four basic areas of recreational activities as follows:
Water Sports - The swimming pool area includes an Olympic length swimming pool with seating for 1,000 poolside spectators added in 1998.
Gymnasium Sports - The gymnasium area of the building is designed in size to accommodate one official high school basketball court or one full size competition volleyball court.
General Community Meeting Rooms - There are three rooms for general meetings by the community and includes kitchen facilities for small social events.
Ice Sports - The facility houses two 85' x 200' ice rinks for hockey, figure skating, curling and recreational ice skating. The main rink, dedicated for Dr. David L. Hoffman whom served as Board of Park Commissioners in Rochester from 1963-1989, has enough seating for 2,508 spectators. The Hoffman Rink is the home rink to the Rochester John Marshall Rockets, Rochester Century Panthers High School hockey teams and the current MJHL Minnesota Ice Hawks. The Hoffman Rink was also the former home of the storied Rochester Mustangs USHL hockey team from 1975-2002. Adjacent to the Hoffman Rink and viewable through anunusual glass path/walkway between each rink is the Olmsted North Rink. The Rochester Figure Skating Club is a regular user of this ice sheet and features a much smaller seating capacity than it's neighboring rink.
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