Agganis Arena

Agganis Arena

Location 925 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Coordinates 42°21′08.03″N 71°07′04.05″W / 42.3522306°N 71.1177917°W / 42.3522306; -71.1177917Coordinates: 42°21′08.03″N 71°07′04.05″W / 42.3522306°N 71.1177917°W / 42.3522306; -71.1177917
Owner Boston University
Operator Boston University
Capacity 6,150 (Hockey and ice show)
7,200 (Concert/Stage events)
Field size Arena total size = 286,134 gross square feet
Ice sheet: 90 ft × 200 ft
Basketball floor (portable): 112' × 60'
Portable insulating deck: 90' × 200'
Broke ground 2003
Opened January 3, 2005
Construction cost $225 million (Entire John Hancock Student Village Complex)
Architect Cannon Design
Structural engineer LeMessurier Consultants Inc.[1]
General contractor Walsh Brothers/Barton Malow[1]
Boston University Terriers (NCAA) (2005–present)

Agganis Arena is a 7,200-seat multi-purpose arena in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, on the campus of Boston University, built on the location of the former Commonwealth Armory. It is named after Harry Agganis, an outstanding football and baseball athlete for BU and the Boston Red Sox. He died at the age of 26, from a massive pulmonary embolism. The hockey rink is named Jack Parker Rink, after one of the most successful coaches in college hockey history.[2] It is part of Boston University's John Hancock Student Village, which also includes dormitories and the university's five-story Fitness and Recreation Center.

It replaced Walter Brown Arena, located at the Case Athletic Center, on the opposite side of neighboring Nickerson Field. It was dedicated in 2004 and hosted its first event in 2005.[3]

It is home to the 2009 National Champion ice hockey team, the Boston University Terriers.

It serves as a regional auditorium for large events, including ceremonies of other schools such as Berklee College of Music,[4] musicals, awareness events and appearances by speakers, such as Barack Obama and Dave Chappelle.

It is also used for some BU basketball games, as well as concerts and other events. It also hosts the annual CRASH-B World Indoor Rowing Championship.

It hosted the first rounds of the 2007 America East Conference men's basketball tournament, the 2011 finals of that tournament, and the 2009 Women's Frozen Four. The men's and women's basketball teams play games here when they are playing highly ranked teams. Otherwise, they play at Case Gym, otherwise known as The Roof, on Babcock Street. The arena hosted TNA Wrestling's anniversary show Slammiversary on June 2, 2013.


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  2. As of January 30, 2009, Parker had 800 wins as head coach. Only three coaches have reached this number and he is the only one to do it all with a single team.
  3. Agganis Arena | About | Agganis Arena Archived December 16, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. BERKLEE | Commencement 2007

The exterior of the Agganis Arena

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Preceded by
Walter Brown Arena
Home of
Boston University Terriers men's ice hockey

2005 Current
Succeeded by
Preceded by
College Park Center
Host of Slammiversary
2013 (XI)
Succeeded by
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