The Black Hawks played their first game in Young Arena on January 14, 1995. Located in downtown Waterloo overlooking the Cedar River, the rink seats 2,979 fans but often attracts as many as 3,500 with standing room for big games. Backed by the best “7th Man” advantage in junior hockey, the Hawks signed a new lease for use of the facility through at least 2020.
Young Arena is a city-owned rink managed by the Waterloo Department of Leisure Services. The building is also utilized by the Waterloo Warriors high school team, Waterloo Jr. Hawks youth hockey program, the Cedar Valley Figure Skating Club, regional youth wrestling tournaments, and other community functions.
During the fall of 2010, Young Arena was expanded to provide additional space for the Black Hawks. The addition included a team meeting room featuring a conference area, whiteboard, flat-screen televisions, and gaming area. The team locker room and training room were also completely renovated. Improvements continued in 2013 when the center scoreboard was replaced with a state-of-the-art four-sided video board, which includes live video and highlight replays during games, as well as feature content, fun contests, and interactive activities.
In 2015/16, the latest round of additions included a new home for the team store, Party Town Outfitters, and the debut of the Coors Light Cold Zone lounge. Party Town Outfitters was relocated to the northeast corner of the rink and enhances the visitor experience. Fans can now shop for hats, shirts, replica jerseys, and more without waiting in long lines, as was often the case when Party Town Outfitters was operated in a concession stand-format. Meanwhile, the Coors Light Cold Zone provides an intimate atmosphere with new beverage options for those age 21 and over.
In 2017/18, the Coors Light Cold Zone was expanded to approximately twice the size of its original square footage, now offering panoramic views of the surrounding downtown area and more space for musical performances and other special events.
At midseason in 2017/18, the Black Hawks also unveiled the new Lincoln Savings Bank and SingleSpeed Brewing Luxury Suites. These areas offer an experience unlike any other that fans have enjoyed during the more-than half century of hockey in the Cedar Valley. A unique view of the playing surface, special catering options, and a dedicated group attendant are just some of the elements that make the Lincoln Savings Bank and SingleSpeed Brewing Luxury Suites an unforgettable way to cheer on the Hawks.
Address: 125 Commercial Street, Waterloo 50701
Fun in the Coors Light Cold Zone