Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Matthews Arena Turning 100

Northeastern University's Matthews Arena is one of the hidden jewels of the Boston sports scene. If you long for the old Boston Garden, check out a hockey game at Matthews Arena. Walk inside and you'll feel as if you've been transported back to the old Garden. There's an overhanging balcony, exposed pipes, and intimate sight lines (for hockey, not necessarily basketball). In my opinion, the front row of the balcony, which nearly hovers over the ice, is the best seat you'll find from which to watch a college hockey game.

Despite its throwback atmosphere, Matthews Arena doesn't get as much love as you would expect in this tradition-laden town. But think about this if you're part of the Fenway Faithful: Matthews Arena opened its doors on April 16, 1910. That's two years before the ballyard on Yawkey Way opened for business. Hopefully, the impending centennial will spark a greater appreciation for the oldest artificial ice arena in the world. It's the lead for an article I just wrote for profiling the oldest college hockey arenas in Division I. Click here to read the ESPN article.

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