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The New Matthews Arena
The New Matthews Arena
Published: 2009/06/03
Channel: Northeastern
Northeastern University Matthews Arena Floor Conversion Time Lapse
Northeastern University Matthews Arena Floor Conversion Time Lapse
Published: 2010/11/22
Channel: Northeastern
Inside Matthews Arena
Inside Matthews Arena
Published: 2009/08/29
Channel: Matthew Nareski
Matthews Arena - Basketball Floor TimeLapse Video
Matthews Arena - Basketball Floor TimeLapse Video
Published: 2009/11/23
Channel: Northeastern
The Matthews Experience
The Matthews Experience
Published: 2012/08/25
Channel: NUTV
1992.12.31 - Matthews Arena
1992.12.31 - Matthews Arena
Published: 2012/07/10
Channel: fromtheaquarium
Matthews Arena Time Lapse Video - Nov. 19, 2011
Matthews Arena Time Lapse Video - Nov. 19, 2011
Published: 2011/12/02
Channel: Northeastern
Rising Northeastern University Star kicks off a big win at Matthews Arena
Rising Northeastern University Star kicks off a big win at Matthews Arena
Published: 2016/01/16
Channel: Michael Dalton
Matthews Arena Preview - The 2009-2010 Season!
Matthews Arena Preview - The 2009-2010 Season!
Published: 2009/08/20
Channel: Northeastern
Men
Men's Locker Room at Matthews Arena
Published: 2009/08/29
Channel: Matthew Nareski
Matthews Arena - Northeastern University
Matthews Arena - Northeastern University
Published: 2014/10/04
Channel: Drew
Matthews Arena Renovations Part 1
Matthews Arena Renovations Part 1
Published: 2009/08/25
Channel: Matthew Nareski
Matthews Arena
Matthews Arena
Published: 2009/09/20
Channel: Ifeelnofx
Matthews Arena
Matthews Arena
Published: 2009/09/20
Channel: Ifeelnofx
Matthews Arena Part 2
Matthews Arena Part 2
Published: 2009/08/25
Channel: Matthew Nareski
Northeastern University Matthews Arena Time Lapse
Northeastern University Matthews Arena Time Lapse
Published: 2013/05/16
Channel: gonuathletics
Matthews Arena - Coming Soon
Matthews Arena - Coming Soon
Published: 2009/09/17
Channel: Northeastern
NESN BEANPOT SPECIAL ON MATTHEWS ARENA
NESN BEANPOT SPECIAL ON MATTHEWS ARENA
Published: 2010/02/04
Channel: Husky Doghouse
Matthews Arena Part 2
Matthews Arena Part 2
Published: 2009/09/20
Channel: Ifeelnofx
Time Lapse of Matthews Arena (Basketball Court to Hockey Rink) Northeastern University
Time Lapse of Matthews Arena (Basketball Court to Hockey Rink) Northeastern University
Published: 2015/02/23
Channel: Lauren Badalucco
Weight Room at Matthews Arena.
Weight Room at Matthews Arena.
Published: 2009/08/29
Channel: Matthew Nareski
Northeastern Students 5-on-5 Basketball Game at Matthews Arena
Northeastern Students 5-on-5 Basketball Game at Matthews Arena
Published: 2011/02/01
Channel: Northeastern
Matthews Arena Renovation (in progress)
Matthews Arena Renovation (in progress)
Published: 2009/08/07
Channel: mmoche
Dylan Matthew - Arenas (feat. Tanner Fox) [Official Audio]
Dylan Matthew - Arenas (feat. Tanner Fox) [Official Audio]
Published: 2017/10/13
Channel: Dylan Matthew
Matthews Arena Transformation for Boston Pops Concert with Train
Matthews Arena Transformation for Boston Pops Concert with Train
Published: 2014/05/07
Channel: gonuathletics
Jack Grinold Tribute Event at Matthews Arena
Jack Grinold Tribute Event at Matthews Arena
Published: 2011/12/13
Channel: Northeastern
Matthews Arena Control Room - Men
Matthews Arena Control Room - Men's Hockey 12/1/12
Published: 2012/12/07
Channel: Patrick Barry
Dave Matthews Band Live in Lisbon - Grey Street 10.11.15
Dave Matthews Band Live in Lisbon - Grey Street 10.11.15
Published: 2015/11/05
Channel: Dave Matthews Band
Asia - Rodney Matthews unveiling ARENA
Asia - Rodney Matthews unveiling ARENA
Published: 2010/09/16
Channel: jsb779
Pavit at Matthews Arena
Pavit at Matthews Arena
Published: 2011/11/24
Channel: videostarz
Matthews Arena Part 3
Matthews Arena Part 3
Published: 2009/08/25
Channel: Matthew Nareski
Michigan State vs. Northeastern - warmups(2) 12.19.15 - Matthews Arena, Boston
Michigan State vs. Northeastern - warmups(2) 12.19.15 - Matthews Arena, Boston
Published: 2015/12/19
Channel: JDS00000
BU Hockey beats Northeastern at Matthews Arena 1/13/2012
BU Hockey beats Northeastern at Matthews Arena 1/13/2012
Published: 2012/01/14
Channel: BSRSbuhockey
Michigan State vs. Northeastern - 1st half 12.19.15 - Matthews Arena, Boston
Michigan State vs. Northeastern - 1st half 12.19.15 - Matthews Arena, Boston
Published: 2015/12/19
Channel: JDS00000
D’Amore-McKim 2017 Graduation Ceremony
D’Amore-McKim 2017 Graduation Ceremony
Published: 2017/05/25
Channel: D'Amore-McKim School of Business
Michigan State vs. Northeastern - warmups 12.19.15 - Matthews Arena, Boston
Michigan State vs. Northeastern - warmups 12.19.15 - Matthews Arena, Boston
Published: 2015/12/19
Channel: JDS00000
Auston Matthews - Toronto Maple Leafs practicing at Mastercard arena - October 2, 2017
Auston Matthews - Toronto Maple Leafs practicing at Mastercard arena - October 2, 2017
Published: 2017/10/09
Channel: Styles 666
Michigan State vs. Northeastern - "entry" 12.19.15 - Matthews Arena, Boston
Michigan State vs. Northeastern - "entry" 12.19.15 - Matthews Arena, Boston
Published: 2015/12/19
Channel: JDS00000
Two new banners in Matthews Arena rafters
Two new banners in Matthews Arena rafters
Published: 2015/12/03
Channel: Northeastern Alumni
Augustus Pablo - Dub In A Matthews Lane Arena
Augustus Pablo - Dub In A Matthews Lane Arena
Published: 2009/08/15
Channel: Alex Lim
South Boston Pee Wees at Matthews Arena between periods of NU and UAH.
South Boston Pee Wees at Matthews Arena between periods of NU and UAH.
Published: 2013/10/12
Channel: SBYHL / South Boston Youth Hockey League
"Sam", Matthews Arena 3.27.2010
"Sam", Matthews Arena 3.27.2010
Published: 2010/03/28
Channel: Elias Carlston
BOSTON arena
BOSTON arena
Published: 2013/05/21
Channel: CHERI WILLIAMS
Michigan State vs. Northeastern - opening tip 12.19.15 - Matthews Arena, Boston
Michigan State vs. Northeastern - opening tip 12.19.15 - Matthews Arena, Boston
Published: 2015/12/19
Channel: JDS00000
Dave Matthews Band - 5/7/16 - 25th Anniversary Show - [Full Show/Multicam/HQ-Audio] -Charlottesville
Dave Matthews Band - 5/7/16 - 25th Anniversary Show - [Full Show/Multicam/HQ-Audio] -Charlottesville
Published: 2016/05/30
Channel: ChesterCopperpot5
Wade MacLeod postgame vs Maine 1_22_11
Wade MacLeod postgame vs Maine 1_22_11
Published: 2011/01/23
Channel: Northeastern
GoNUxstream Game Recap - Men
GoNUxstream Game Recap - Men's Ice Hockey vs. Boston College - Oct. 22, 2011
Published: 2011/10/24
Channel: Northeastern
Dave Matthews & Friends - 12/22/03 - Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL - [Full Show]
Dave Matthews & Friends - 12/22/03 - Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL - [Full Show]
Published: 2013/12/31
Channel: OneEyedWilly5
LATE PIMM GOAL LIFTS NORTHEASTERN INTO 3-3 TIE WITH MASSACHUSETTS
LATE PIMM GOAL LIFTS NORTHEASTERN INTO 3-3 TIE WITH MASSACHUSETTS
Published: 2011/10/08
Channel: Hockey East
GoNUxstream Game Recap - Men
GoNUxstream Game Recap - Men's Ice Hockey vs. UML - Dec. 10, 2011
Published: 2011/12/12
Channel: Northeastern
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Matthews Arena
Matthews Arena interior in 2009
Former names Boston Arena (1909-1982)
Location 238 St. Botolph Street,
Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°20′28″N 71°5′4″W / 42.34111°N 71.08444°W / 42.34111; -71.08444Coordinates: 42°20′28″N 71°5′4″W / 42.34111°N 71.08444°W / 42.34111; -71.08444
Owner Northeastern University
Operator Northeastern University
Capacity Ice Hockey: 4,666
Basketball: 5,066[1]
Surface 200 x 90 ft (hockey)
Construction
Broke ground October 11, 1909
Opened 1910
Tenants
Northeastern Huskies (Hockey East, CAA) (1930–present)
WIT Leopards (ECAC) (1992–present)
Boston Bruins (NHL) (1924–1928)
Boston Tigers/Cubs (CAHL) (1926–1936)
Boston Olympics (EAHL/QSHL) (1940–1952)
Boston Celtics (NBA) (1946–1955)
New England Whalers (WHA) (1972–1973)

Matthews Arena, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is a basketball and ice hockey arena. Renovated several times, it is the oldest indoor ice hockey arena still being used for hockey — and is the oldest multi-purpose athletic building still in use in the world.[2][3] It opened in 1910 on what is now the east end of Northeastern University's campus, and is currently owned by the university. It is the original home of the National Hockey League (NHL) Boston Bruins — the only team of the NHL's Original Six whose original home arena still exists for the sport of ice hockey at any level of competition — and the WHA New England Whalers (now the NHL Carolina Hurricanes), as well as the secondary home of the NBA Boston Celtics.

History[edit]

Entrance to the arena, showing the original arch from Boston Arena now enclosed by bricks.

Originally named Boston Arena,[4] the arena opened on April 16, 1910 for an ice show.[3] The Arena was partially destroyed by fire on Dec. 18, 1918. It was rebuilt, and the new facility opened Jan. 1, 1921 with an ice show.[5] Harvard played the first hockey game after being reopened, Jan. 8, 1921, against Kings College.

The first games of professional ice hockey took place in March 1911 when a two-game $2,500 competition between two NHA teams, the Montreal Wanderers and the Ottawa Senators took place.[6] As the successor NHL's first United States-located professional ice hockey franchise, on Monday, December 1, 1924, the Boston Bruins played their first-ever NHL regular season game at the Arena,[7][3] with the Bruins' most historic rivalry being initiated only one week later.[8] The Bruins left the Arena in 1928 when Tex Rickard's new indoor sports facility in Boston, the Boston Garden was completed. The Boston Celtics played their first game at the Arena in 1946, and played at the Arena until 1955.[3] The WHA's New England Whalers played some of their first-season home games at the Arena in 1972-73.

Matthews is where the hockey programs of Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern University, Tufts University and Wentworth Institute of Technology all began; in particular, it housed the Boston University hockey team until 1971, when Walter Brown Arena was built.

The Arena was purchased in 1979 by Northeastern University. The Arena was renamed in 1982 when Northeastern alumnus George J. Matthews helped fund its refurbishment. The arena was briefly known as Northeastern Arena as well. A 1995 renovation expanded the ice surface from 200 by 80 to 200 by 90 feet (61 m × 24 m to 61 m × 27 m).[2] The most recent renovations took place in the summer of 2009. The centerpiece of the renovations were all-new seating and a brand new center ice jumbotron. The lobby was also reworked, with additional concessions and an elevator for ADA compliance. A new weight room and expanded locker rooms were provided for the athletes. The total cost of the renovations was estimated at $12 million. It still shares a feature with the 1998-demolished Boston Garden pro sports facility where ice hockey is concerned, with non-standard team bench locations, one on either side of the rink, much as the departed Garden possessed.

Matthews Arena has played host to many famous people and events during its lifetime. Matthews hosted every president from Theodore Roosevelt in 1912 to John F. Kennedy in 1946. Other dignitaries to hold events at the arena include Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. Boxing was once a mainstay at the arena and hosted bouts with Jack Sharkey, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Joe Louis and Marvin Hagler. Muhammad Ali trained at what was called Santos Gym, where the Varsity Club now sits, for his second bout with Sonny Liston. Professional wrestling events were also staged there. In the 1950s the arena also hosted the Rodeo led by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

Matthews Arena also proved famous as a concert venue during much of its lifetime. A 1958 concert hosted by Alan Freed was cut short due to riots. Playing the concert were Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry. Freed was arrested after issuing the famous line, "The police don't want you to have fun." Other famous acts to grace the arena were The Doors in a 1970 concert that was later released to the public. Another famous concert was the Phish New Year's Eve concert on December 31, 1992. The show was the highest attended Phish concert to date and was played on WBCN the next day.

Matthews has hosted all or part of the America East Conference men's basketball tournament a total of seven times and hosted the 1960 Frozen Four.[9] The arena also served as the original home to the annual Beanpot tournament between Boston's four major college hockey programs.[10]

Current use[edit]

Today, Matthews Arena is home to the Northeastern Huskies men's and women's ice hockey teams, and men's basketball team as well as the Wentworth Institute of Technology's men's ice hockey team and various high school ice hockey programs in the city of Boston.

Matthews Arena also hosts a variety of Northeastern on-campus events, including the annual Springfest concert, as well as graduation ceremonies for the university.

Its location places it closest to the MBTA's Massachusetts Ave Orange Line subway station, for easy access, with the Green Line "E" Branch's underground Symphony station only two blocks northwest on Massachusetts Avenue from the Orange Line station.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matthews Arena". Northeastern University. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Northeastern University Athletics Official Website". Gonu.com. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d Katy Fitzpatrick (October 2, 2009). ""New Season Brings Renovated Arena for Northeastern," ''USCHO.com'', October 2, 2009". Uscho.com. Archived from the original on January 9, 2010. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Ice Rink That Changed Boston Hockey", New York Times, 2009 https://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/30/sports/hockey/30arena.html?_r=0
  5. ^ "New Arena Ice Palace Opens". Boston Post. January 2, 1921. p. 19. 
  6. ^ "Wanderers lose the $2,500 purse". Montreal Gazette. March 27, 1911. p. 10. 
  7. ^ "NHL hockey came to the U.S. on Dec. 1, 1924". nhl.com. National Hockey League. December 1, 2008. Retrieved December 4, 2016. The National Hockey League celebrates another historic anniversary...remembering the first NHL game played in the United States, as the Boston Bruins hosted the Montreal Maroons, both expansion teams, at the Boston Arena on Dec. 1, 1924. 
  8. ^ "Canadiens Downed Boston, Rallying in Final Period". The Montreal Gazette. Boston, MA USA. Canadian Press. December 9, 1924. p. 16. Retrieved June 12, 2017. The world champion Canadiens defeated Boston in a fast game here tonight, 4-3, incidentally giving 5,000 Boston hockey fans the best exhibition of the Canadian game on record here. 
  9. ^ "D1 Men's Ice Hockey". NCAA. 
  10. ^ Klein, Jeff Z. (December 29, 2009). "Matthews Arena, the Ice Rink That Changed Boston Hockey". NY Times. Retrieved December 30, 2009. 

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

1917 – 1971
Succeeded by
Walter Brown Arena
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Home of the
Boston Bruins

1924–1928
Succeeded by
Boston Garden
Preceded by
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Home of the
Boston Celtics

1946–1955
Succeeded by
Boston Garden
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Home of the
New England Whalers

1972–1973
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Eastern States Coliseum

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