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Harold Alfond Sports Arena
"The Alfond"
Harold Alfond Sports Arena
Location Orono, Maine
Broke ground 1976
Opened November 18, 1977
Owner University of Maine
Operator University of Maine
Surface 200x85 ft (hockey)
Tenants University of Maine men's and women's ice hockey and basketball
Capacity 5,712 (basketball)
5,641 (hockey)

Alfond Arena is a 5,641-seat multi-purpose arena in Orono, Maine, USA. The arena opened in 1977. It is home to the University of Maine Black Bears ice hockey and basketball teams. It is recognizable for its distinctive multi-angular roof design, which was also used in the The Pavilion at Villanova University and the Brown University Smith Swim Center. It was expanded from its original capacity of 3,800 in 1992 in order to accommodate more spectators and bring the basketball team back from its temporary home at the Bangor Auditorium. More skyboxes have been added since then, so the arena's capacity has been reduced. A new Daktronics ProStar scoreboard was installed during the summer of 2008. It is named for Harold Alfond, a longtime Maine booster, whose name also adorns Alfond Stadium, the school's main outdoor stadium.

Scott Hamilton's Stars on Ice opened in Alfond Arena in 1986. Hillary Clinton appeared at the arena in 1994. It takes two hours to make the transition from basketball to hockey, and about 2 1/2 from hockey to basketball. New, energy-efficient lighting was installed in late 2006 because of previous power-outages and too much electricity usage. A new basketball floor was purchased in late 2009 to replace the original floor first used in 1992.

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