South Mountain Arena was designed to provide skating and non-skating activities to the general public for children and adults of all ages year round.
The original rink was completed in 1958 with a seating capacity of approximately 2,500 spectators. A second rink was added in 1983 with a seating capacity of approximately 500 spectators. In 1986, South Mountain Arena became the official practice and training facility of the Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils.
From 2004 to 2005 many new renovations took place throughout the skating facility: a new state of the art lobby of 14,000 square feet was added. This area includes a skylight, automatic doors, three party/meeting rooms, concession stand, pro shop and arcade. Rink one has new seats, boards, glass and compressor. Rink two has a new dehumidification system.
Richard J. Codey Arena at South Mountain
· HVAC, 3 units
Cost: $158,259 Completed in 2003
· Construction of Park-N-Ride facility
Cost: $8,117,276 Completed in 2004
· Modernization of arena which included a 10,000-square-foot lobby addition,
upgraded bathrooms, seating, scoreboard, sound system, lights, retail stores
Cost: $11,421,905 Completed in 2006
· Creation of Essex County Satellite Office and Conference Room in the Park-N-Ride
Completed in 2007
· Installation of state-of-the-art kitchen facilities in concession area
Cost: $917,205 Completed in 2007
· Opening of the Essex County Emergency Operations Center
Cost: $1,000,000 Completed in 2010
· Renovation of Rink 2 with new refrigeration system, dasher boards, floor and painting
Cost: $2,155,950 Completed in 2012