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Clarkson University

Cheel Arena
Potsdam, NY


  • Tickets cost $13 and are available online or from the Cheel Arena box office (315-268-7750) if paid for with a credit card. Clarkson's online system is a nice one that allows the buyer to choose their exact seats.
  • Since Clarkson students are given free admission, games often sell out and it is advisable to buy tickets ahead of time.
  • The visitors' sections are technically 13 and 14A on the diagram, but RPI fans are usually scattered throughout sections 11 and 12 as well. Section 14a adjoins the Clarkson student section.


  • If using a GPS, enter 8 Clarkson Avenue, Potsdam, NY. You will need to follow the directions above once you enter the Clarkson campus.
  • From Troy: Take I-87 North to Exit 23. At the exit, go left and follow the signs leading to NY-28. Take NY-28 North to Indian Lake, where you pick up NY-30. Follow NY-30 to Tupper Lake, then take NY-3 West. After about 18 miles, take a right onto NY-56 North and follow it to Potsdam. At the second light after passing SUNY Potsdam, take a left on to US-11 South. Bear left at the intersection in front of the Clarkson Inn to stay on US-11. At the next major intersection (it is a little odd), go left and remain on US-11 until the main entrance to the Clarkson campus appears on the left (indicated by brick walls labeled "Clarkson University"). Enter the campus here and continue straight until you see a large parking lot on the right. Cheel Arena is in the campus center at the end of this parking lot. Distance: 200 miles.
  • From Canton (St. Lawrence): Get on US-11 North. Follow US-11 all the way to Potsdam and take a right at the main entrance to the Clarkson campus (indicated by brick walls labeled "Clarkson University"). Continue straight until you see a large parking lot on the right. Cheel Arena is in the campus center at the end of this parking lot. Distance: 10 miles.


  • Campus map: Cheel Arena is number 12, at top center.
  • Parking: There is no charge for parking at Clarkson. If you come in at the main entrance, the Cheel Campus Center parking lot is the second right. You will see Cheel Campus Center at the far end of the lot. If this lot is full, other parking lots and the street behind Cheel Campus Center are available, but all are lengthy walks.
  • Seating: Cheel Arena seats 3,000. Since games are usually quite full, it may not be possible to change seats if you don't like your ticketed seats. Seats are individual molded seats without armrests, so it can get tight. There is standing room above the seats. Note: The large student crowd at Cheel is boisterous and somewhat hostile, especially if you're sitting near the student sections (14-19).
  • Food: Concession stands are located in the corners of the rink opposite the entrances and serve burgers and hot dogs. These may not be available until after the game starts. Since the rink is located within the campus center, there are also a variety of options for food if you venture outside of the rink itself. Beer is available at Cheel, but not in the rink itself — Club 99, across the food court from the rink, serves alcohol. (The game will be on TV in Club 99 if you don't want to wait for an intermission.)


  • See http://northcountrynow.com/motels. Scroll down for Potsdam.
  • The best hotels in the area are the Clarkson Inn and the Hampton Inn in Potsdam, and the Best Western University Inn in Canton. There is also the University Suites Hotel (formerly Comfort Suites) in Canton. Of these, the Hampton Inn is the newest and our recommendation for lodging. The Clarkson Inn is also very nice, but pricier and a bit more upscale and quiet. The Best Western and University Suites Hotel are in Canton and therefore closer to St. Lawrence, but only a 10-15 minute drive up route 11 from Clarkson. The Hampton Inn and University Suites Inn offer a free buffet breakfast. The Best Western does not but has a restaurant and bar on the premises.


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