Agganis Arena

building in Massachusetts, United States

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Agganis Arena
"The Greek"[1]
Agganis Arena
Inside of Agganis Arena after a BU Hockey Game
Location925 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Coordinates42°21′08.03″N 71°07′04.05″W / 42.3522306°N 71.1177917°W / 42.3522306; -71.1177917Coordinates: 42°21′08.03″N 71°07′04.05″W / 42.3522306°N 71.1177917°W / 42.3522306; -71.1177917
Public transitMBTA.svg  Green Line 
at Babcock Street
OwnerBoston University
OperatorBoston University
CapacityCenter Stage Concert: 8,000
End Stage Concert: Up to 7,500
Basketball: 6,411
Ice Hockey: 6,150
Theatre Configuration: 1,500-3,500[2]
Field sizeArena total size = 286,134 gross square feet
Ice sheet: 90 ft[3] × 200 ft
Basketball floor (portable): 112' × 60'
Portable insulating deck: 90' × 200'
Broke ground2003
OpenedJanuary 3, 2005
Construction cost$225 million (Entire John Hancock Student Village Complex)
Structural engineerLeMessurier Consultants Inc.[4]
General contractorWalsh Brothers/Barton Malow[4]
Boston University Terriers (NCAA) (2005–present)

Agganis Arena is a 7,200-seat[5] multi-purpose arena in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, on the campus of Boston University, built on the location of the former Commonwealth Armory. It is home to the five-time national champion Boston University Terriers men's ice hockey team. It is named after Harry Agganis, an outstanding football and baseball athlete for BU and the Boston Red Sox, who died at the age of 26 from a massive pulmonary embolism. A life-size bronze statue of Agganis sculpted by Armand LaMontagne stands outside the arena at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Harry Agganis Way.[6] The hockey rink is named Jack Parker Rink, after the legendary BU hockey player and coach.[7] The arena is part of Boston University's John Hancock Student Village, which also includes dormitories and the university's five-story Fitness and Recreation Center.

Agganis was dedicated in 2004 and hosted its first event in 2005.[8] It replaced Walter Brown Arena, located at the Case Athletic Center, as the home of BU Men's Ice Hockey, though Walter Brown Arena is still in use as the home of BU Women's Ice Hockey.

In the arena's first decade, Boston University basketball played select home games at Agganis, with the remainder being played at Case Gym. The school made the decision before the 2015-2016 season to move all home games back to Case Gym due to poor attendance at Agganis.[9] The last BU basketball game played at Agganis was a 77-70 loss to rival Holy Cross on Feb. 28, 2015.[10]

The exterior of the Agganis Arena

It serves as a regional auditorium for large events, including concerts, ceremonies of other schools such as Berklee College of Music,[11] musicals, awareness events, and appearances by speakers such as Barack Obama and Dave Chappelle.

Since 2008, Agganis has hosted the annual CRASH-B World Indoor Rowing Championship.[12]


America East Basketball

It hosted the first rounds of the 2007 America East men's basketball tournament and the finals in 2011.

NCAA Frozen Four

Agganis Arena also hosted the 2009 Women's Frozen Four. The venue was also selected to host the 2020 Women's Frozen Four[13] before the tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[14]

Other events

The arena hosted TNA Wrestling's anniversary show Slammiversary on June 2, 2013.[15]

In January 2018, the arena hosted the playoff stage for the ELEAGUE Major tournament for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It was the first time in the game's history that a North American team (Cloud9) won a major-level tournament.

On October 9, 2019, professional wrestling promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW) held the second episode of its live weekly television show AEW Dynamite at the arena.[16][17] AEW returned to the Agganis Arena for its October 27, 2021 episode of Dynamite.[18] That week's episode of AEW Rampage was also taped at the arena following the Dynamite taping.[19] AEW returned once again on April 6, 2022 for a live episode of Dynamite, as well as tapings of AEW Rampage and AEW Dark: Elevation.

See also


  1. ^ "1314mbbRecordBook (PDF)" (PDF). Boston University Athletics.
  2. ^ "Capacity & Specifications". Agganis Arena. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  3. ^ Shinzawa, Fluto (January 2, 2005). "Open ice - The Boston Globe". Retrieved October 30, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Boston University Fitness & Recreation Center & Agganis Arena, Boston, MA".
  5. ^ "Agganis Arena". Boston University Athletics. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "Bronze Statue Honoring Famed BU Sports Legend Harry Agganis to be Unveiled - Public Relations".
  7. ^ Scott Weighart (October 7, 2005). "BU Dedicates Jack Parker Rink | College Hockey". Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Agganis Arena | About | Agganis Arena Archived December 16, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Men's basketball team moves all conference games to Case, hopes to increase attendance – The Daily Free Press".
  10. ^ "Men's Basketball vs Holy Cross on 2/28/2015 - Box Score". Boston University Athletics.
  11. ^ "OneLogin".
  12. ^ "C.R.A.S.H.-B. History".
  13. ^ "BU to Host 2020 Women's Frozen Four at Agganis". Boston University Athletics.
  14. ^ "NCAA cancels remaining winter and spring championships due to coronavirus concerns". March 12, 2020. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  15. ^ " - TNA NEWS: Date & Location announced for Slammiversary".
  16. ^ "All Elite Wrestling to Launch on TNT Wednesdays in October". July 24, 2019.
  17. ^ "AEW Announces Locations for Second and Third TNT Episodes".
  18. ^ Gagnon, Joshua (October 27, 2021). "AEW Dynamite Results: TNT Title Match, Two Tournament Bouts, The Elite Vs. Dark Order". Wrestling Inc. Archived from the original on October 27, 2021. Retrieved December 16, 2021.
  19. ^ Gagnon, Joshua (October 27, 2021). "Spoilers For AEW Rampage (10/29): Bryan Danielson Vs. Eddie Kingston". Wrestling Inc. Archived from the original on October 28, 2021. Retrieved December 16, 2021.

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

2005 – Current
Succeeded by
Preceded by Host of Slammiversary
2013 (XI)
Succeeded by
College Park Center
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