The Pettit National Ice Center is an indoor ice skating facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin featuring two international-size ice rinks and a 400-meter speed skating oval. Located adjacent to Wisconsin State Fair Park, the center opened on January 1, 1993, and was named for Milwaukee philanthropists Jane and Lloyd Pettit. Although Wisconsin State Fair Park owns the land and the building, the Pettit National Ice Center Inc., a non-profit corporation, has operated the site since the facility opened.
The Pettit Center replaced, and was constructed, on land once occupied by the Wisconsin Olympic Ice Rink, an outdoor facility that was in operation from 1967 to 1991.The indoor, climate-controlled Pettit Center was a major improvement and continues to attract many skating athletes from around the World. The West Allis Speedskating Club trains on its rink, as well as the Elite S.W.I.F.T speed skating team featuring world class speed skaters. The Wisconsin Edge synchronized skating team practices on the figure skating rinks.
The Pettit is one of only 29 indoor 400-meter ovals in the world, and is an official US Olympic training facility.The Pettit has hosted numerous skating competitions, including the National Short and Long Track Speed Skating Championships, the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships, and the U.S. Olympic Speed Skating Time Trials.
The rink also hosts a skating school that offers classes for children and adults in figure skating, hockey, and speed skating.Olympic speed skating gold medalists Bonnie Blair and Dan Jansen were the rink's first skaters.