The University of Notre Dame fencing program dedicated the Castellan Family Fencing Center on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012.

The center was a gift of Patrick and Concetta Castellan. Patrick is a 1968 graduate of Notre Dame, and their sons Matthew and Christopher both fenced during their time at the University. Matthew fenced from 2001-04, and Christopher participated in the program from 2004-05 before graduating from Notre Dame in 2007. Concetta Castellan earned a B.A. in Spanish from Queens College (N.Y.), an M.S. in bilingual education from Hunter College (N.Y.) and an M.A. in counseling from Kean University (N.J.). The Castellans also have a daughter, Caroline, who graduated from Georgetown University.

The new facility, which features locker rooms, a team room and conference room, coaches' offices, manager's office and an armory, is located in the North Dome of the Joyce Athletic Convocation Center, the former location of the Joyce Ice Arena.

Throughout the new arena are several displays that honor Notre Dame's instrumental fencers who have helped elevate the program into the nation's most elite. The displays highlight not only the more than 300 All-Americans, but also the 13 different Olympians (most notably, two-time gold-medalist Mariel Zagunis) and several NCAA Championship fencers and coaches.

Among the displays are two trophy cases that highlight the 10 national championships the team has won. Both cases are located directly outside of the main entrance into the Castellan Family Fencing Center.