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Frank L. Messa Rink at Achilles Center
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Location Union College
Schenectady, NY
Broke ground November 2, 1974
Opened 1975
Owner Union College
Operator Union College
Surface 201x86 ft (hockey, broomball)
Former names Achilles Rink (1975-2003)
Tenants Union College Dutchmen
(men's and women's hockey and broomball)
Capacity 2,225 (hockey, broomball)

The Frank L. Messa Rink at Achilles Center is a 2,225-seat multi-purpose arena in Schenectady, New York. It is home to the Union College Skating Dutchmen men's and women's ice hockey teams, members of the ECAC Hockey League. In 2004, it was renovated and renamed Frank L. Messa Rink at Achilles Center. It is named for Frank L. Messa, class of 1973, who is a member of the board of trustees and co-chair of one of the school's main fundraising programs. The building was originally named for the Rev. H. Laurence Achilles, Sr., who was the original benefactor of the arena.

Notable facts

  • It played host to the then longest NCAA men's ice hockey game in NCAA history. It occurred on March 4, 2006, in Game 2 of the ECAC Tournament First Round best of three series between Yale University and Union. Yale won 3-2 at 1:35 into the 5th overtime. The game, overall, took 141:35 to decide the winner.