The Headquarters of History

Walk through the Olympic Center and you’ll see hallways adorned with plaques and banners toting the achievements of past Olympians. You’ll find the 1932 Jack Shea Arena, 1980 Herb Brooks Arena, USA Practice Rink, James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval, Conference Center, and The Temporary Olympic Museum Exhibit Gallery. Check out the Facilities tab to learn more about the Olympic Center.

Olympians from the 1980 Olympics
(Members of the 1980 Olympic Figure Skating Team)

In the Olympic Center and on its grounds are skating rinks, open to the public, where gold medals have been won – including the famous Herb Brooks Arena where the “Miracle On Ice” game was played and the speed skating Oval where many Olympic and other international speed skating competitions have been held.

1932 Olympians - Speed Skating on the Olympic Oval
(Speed Skaters from 1932 Olympic Winter Games)

Even the building itself is a monument to Olympic history. It was initially erected to house both sporting facilities and act as the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and then later added into for the 1980 Olympics.

Located right in the heart of Lake Placid Village near restaurants and lodging, The Olympic Center is a great place to stop before or after a meal, or as a starting point or cap-end to your day!


Ice Rinks & Arenas


1932 Jack Shea Arena

32 Rink - Newly renovated in 2021

The 1932 Arena is networked to the Olympic Center’s new refrigeration plant, which is designed to make ice faster, more reliably, and more efficiently than in past.  The new rink includes sound-absorbing panels for better acoustics throughout the arena, a new dehumidification system, a new concession area, and new dasher boards.  The rink can now be converted to either international or NHL size standards.  All seats have been replaced in an attractive deep blue color, and new seating areas have been added to the balcony side of the stadium.  The 1932’s ice is maintained with an electric Zamboni.


1980 Herb Brooks Arena

1980 RInk | Where the Miracle on Ice happened

Where the USA Olympic Hockey team won against Russia and went on to win the gold medal in the 1980 olympic games. The 1980 Rink sits in the Herb Brooks Arena and has been updated and renovated in 2021 and will be ready to accommodate international or NHL events. In particular, the 1980 Rink and concourse were equipped with LED Event & TV Quality Lighting and a new HVAC system. Renovations to the Locker rooms, public restrooms, concessions stands, and hospitality suites have also been made.


James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval

James C. Shefffield outdoor speed skating oval

The James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval is one of the few outdoor rinks of its kind left in the country and it sits in the heart of Lake Placid, adjacent to the Olympic Center. The facility just underwent a major revitalization, including updates to the refrigeration system, which will enable a longer and more consistent skating season.



Miracle on Ice | young hockey players being coached on the USA rink

USA Practice Rink

The Olympic Center has a full-sized practice rink available to be used for athlete training, and other events. This rink is a hub for figure skaters, hockey players, and the public to enjoy.



The Conference Center

Ariel View of Olympic Center in Lake Placid, NYMeeting, group, or wedding venue

Whether you’re looking to hold a large conference or are seeking out a location for a smaller-scale corporate event, the Lake Placid Olympic Sites have the spacious facilities to suit your needs while providing impressive views and compelling activities to boot.






The Olympic Center in Lake Placid is home to some of the greatest athletic achievements in olympic history. Explore the many opportunities offered at this venue and create your own, customizable olympic adventure.



Skate On The Olympic Oval

Speed Skater Training on the Olympic Oval | James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval

Check out the completely renovated James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval! Here you can skate circles around your friends and family on the same ice where Eric Heiden won an astounding five Olympic gold medals in 1980!



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Indoor Public Skating

Young Girl Brushing up on her Figure Skating skills on the 1932 RinkIce skating is ingrained into the Olympic DNA of Lake Placid, and that legacy is accessible to the public at the Olympic Center. With the speed skating rink outdoors and two historic rinks—the 1932 Jack Shea Arena and the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena—inside the Olympic Center itself, visitors can glide along the paths of past Olympians or watch world-class athletes compete.


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Play Hockey

Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp Players are preparing for a puck drop in the 80 rink

Stick N’ Puck – This activity provides individual skaters the opportunity to enhance their skills in a non-contact/non-competitive environment in an hour and a half session.







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The Olympic Center Store

The Olympic Center Store | second floor of the Olympic CenterThe Olympic Center Store is a great place to begin your visit to Lake Placid. The store offers an array of unique Whiteface, Lake Placid, Olympic Region, and winter sports memorabilia, including jackets, fleeces, sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, pins, and posters you won’t find elsewhere. Featuring merchandise from Stormtech, MV, Turtle Fur, Zuca, Howie’s Hockey, K1 Jerseys, USA Hockey, the Bobsled and Luge Federations, and more.


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Find The Olympic Center


Map of the Lake placid legacy sites highlighting the location of the Olympic Center

Olympic Center Logo

2634 Main St, Lake Placid, NY 12946

Google Map to the Olympic Center