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Matthews Arena, formerly known as Boston Arena, is the oldest hockey arena in the world. It has been the home of the Northeastern University men's team since the program was formed during the 1929-30 season.

The Arena also served as the Boston Bruins home rink as well as the home floor for the Boston Celtics before the Boston Garden was built.

The ice surface is 90' X 200' and though the rink can fit 6,000 including standing room seating capacity is 4,500.

Matthews Arena has also been the host for now defunct pro teams including the New England Whalers and the Boston Olympics. As the first hockey arena in Boston it also was the home ice for other college teams including Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, MIT, and Tufts. The Arena was also the original home of the Beanpot and the ECAC Tournament.

Matthews Arena has also been the site of professional boxing. Such renowned boxers as Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney and Joe Louis all fought at the Arena. The immortal Babe Ruth also played pick up hockey at the Arena during his years as a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox.

Numerous Presidents have spoken at the arena including Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and William Jefferson Clinton. Other speakers at the Arena have included Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhardt, James Michael Curley, Reverend Billy Graham, Admiral Chester Nimitz and General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

In 1993, the Arena also hosted a sad day in Northeastern History: The funeral of Northeastern basketball great and Celtic All-Star Reggie Lewis.

Preceded by

RPI Field House

Troy, New York

Host of the
Frozen Four

Succeeded by
University of Denver Arena
Denver, Colorado
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