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William D. Mullins Memorial Center
"The Bill"
William D. Mullins Memorial Center from Kennedy Tower.JPG
Location 200 Commonwealth Avenue
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
Coordinates 42°23′21.77″N 72°32′0.38″W / 42.3893806°N 72.5334389°W / 42.3893806; -72.5334389Coordinates: 42°23′21.77″N 72°32′0.38″W / 42.3893806°N 72.5334389°W / 42.3893806; -72.5334389
Owner University of Massachusetts Amherst
Operator Global Spectrum
Capacity 9,493 (basketball)
8,387(hockey)
Surface 200 × 95 ft (hockey)
Construction
Broke ground January 1991
Opened February 4, 1993
Construction cost $51 million
($86.4 million in 2017 dollars[1])
Architect Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.
Structural engineer Lim Consultants, Inc.[2]
General contractor Suffolk Construction Company
Tenants
UMass Minutemen basketball (men's and women's)
UMass Men's ice hockey

The William D. Mullins Memorial Center, also known as the Mullins Center, is a 9,493-seat multi-purpose arena (10,500 for 360 concerts), located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, Massachusetts. The Mullins Center is the home of UMass Minutemen men's basketball, women's basketball, and men's ice hockey. In addition, the venue hosts numerous concerts, family shows, theater shows, and commencements annually. Located adjacent to the Mullins Center is the Mullins Community Ice Rink, which is open for public skating and racquetball, while also serving as the home rink for the UMass women's ice hockey team.

In 1985, William D. Mullins, a state representative from Ludlow, suggested that the university needed a multipurpose arena and convocation center to help expand the athletic program and assist in the university's growth. He died in 1986, but the state went ahead with the building of the complex, naming it for him. It replaced the Curry Hicks Cage, the 1930s-era basketball gymnasium, as home of the Minutemen basketball teams. In addition, it allowed the hockey team, which had been downgraded to club status since the late 1970s, to be elevated to Division I status.

The Mullins Center is managed by Global Spectrum, which manages over 70 different event arenas throughout the United States.

Mullins Center Interior

Concerts and events[edit]

The Mullins Center has hosted many performances over the years, including:

Musical
Family Events
Care Bears Live
"Caring & Sharing Friends"
  • December 15–18, 2005
Barney the Dinosaur
  • February 16, 2006
Doodlebops
  • October 7, 2006
Walking with Dinosaurs
  • March 27–30, 2008
Cirque du Soleil
Saltimbanco
  • September 3–7, 2008
Playhouse Disney Live!
  • November 1, 2008
Sesame Street Live!
Cirque du Soleil
Alegría
  • September 16–20, 2009
Disney's Phineas and Ferb
  • September 10, 2011
Cirque du Soleil
"Quidam"
  • October 9, 2011
Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour By Cirque Du Soleil
  • March 6, 2014
Entertainers, Miscellaneous events
Jim Breuer
  • October 9, 2004
  • February 1, 2008
David Copperfield
  • February 6, 2006
Stars on Ice
Boston Pops
Bill Cosby
  • October 29, 2004
WWE
Full Throttle Energy Drink's Pro Wrestling Live!
Dayglow
Daniel Tosh
  • October 27, 2010
Lipizzaner Stallions
Russell Brand
  • November 19, 2011
Sports
Boston Bruins
  • Exhibition Game
USA vs. Russia
NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship
  • 1995
Boston Celtics
  • Exhibition Game

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Athletic Facilities". Lim Consultants, Inc. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 

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