John S. Glas Fieldhouse
The conversion of Bemidji State’s former on-campus hockey arena into an indoor training facility dramatically updates a building that has played a crucial role in the university’s history and identity. The Glas — known as the BSU Fieldhouse until it was renamed for John S. Glas, BSU’s acting president when the building was completed in 1967 — was home to BSU’s legendary men’s ice hockey program from 1967 until 2010, when the team’s home games moved to Bemidji’s Sanford Center. During that time, BSU won 503 games and 5 of its 13 national championships at the Fieldhouse, giving the Beavers a fierce home-ice advantage. Between December 1981 and January 1985, BSU won 54 consecutive games at the Glas, the longest home winning streak in the history of college hockey.
BSU added NCAA Division I women’s hockey in 1998, and the women’s team won 32 games in the Glas before joining the men’s team and moving to the Sanford Center in 2010.
In addition, the Glas was home to BSU’s commencement ceremony for many years and was the host venue for concerts featuring such acts as Johnny Cash, Cheap Trick, the Goo-Goo Dolls and Vanessa Carleton.