One of the jewels of the Orchard Lake Schools is the St. Mary's Athletic Complex, a $4 million Ice Arena and Banquet Center. The NHL-size rink is home to the St. Mary's Prep Eaglets,3 time State Champions.
The state of the art SMAC opened in August 2003. The complex had a formal dedication in front of 1700 spectators on hand for the now annual St. Mary’s alumni hockey team vs. the Red wing Alumni game played Nov. 18th 2003. The SMAC is a 42,000 sq ft state of the art athletic complex that provides training facilities for all of the St. Mary’s sports programs headed up by the Director of Athletics George Porritt.
The facility includes an NHL regulation ice arena, (2) full service concession stands, a full service weight room, 4 regulation locker rooms, (2) custom locker rooms, 1500 spectator seating, a running track, a full service sports shop and a 300 person banquet center that includes a full service kitchen. The complex hosts several dry floor events that include Founders Day, the St. Mary’s Auction , graduation, and is home to all in house seminarian, prep athletic and Board of Regents scheduled events.
We are proud of the continued growth of the Orchard Lake Pirates Travel Hockey program. The club was established back in Jan 2003, to help offset the cost of the arena. The club has become the main tenant of the SMAC resulting in $400,000 of revenue. The Pirates are becoming one of the top organization in the State and continues to provide an environment for youth Ice Hockey players from all over the Detroit Metropolitan area. Together the Pirates and the SMAC though in its short existence has hosted several tournaments and state wide player and coaching clinics establishing and considered by many as one of the premier sports facilities and clubs in the Midwest.