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 have been boosted to a remarkable 197-82-23 home record over the last ten seasons.
Young Arena is a city-owned facility 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. More exciting additions and amenities are in development for coming seasons.
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