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  • Northeastern exploring alternatives to Matthews Arena, world's oldest hockey rink

    Per the Huntington News
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    “Matthews Arena is more than a century old and reaching the end of its useful life,” the university said. “It has recently undergone structural modifications that will temporarily extend its use. Simultaneously, the university has been making long-term assessments regarding the increasing demand for state-of-the-art athletic and recreational facilities, and the existing building’s limitations to meet them.”
    Finally, concern lies with the arena’s historical value. Matthews Arena is not just a figurehead of Northeastern’s campus, but also a major part of Boston’s history. The former Boston Arena is the original home of both the Bruins and the Celtics, the site of America’s first NHL game and the oldest hockey rink in the world. Over the past 114 years, the arena has established itself as a monument to sports, garnering national honor.
    ‘Reaching the end of its useful life’: As historic Matthews Arena faces foundational issues, Northeastern weighs new arena
    https://huntnewsnu.com/78197/sports/...ghs-new-arena/
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  • #2
    That's unfortunate. It is easily accessible by the T and the sightlines are good, for the most part. The thing about the arena I find jarring is the huge video board overhanging the ice, find it a distraction.

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    • #3
      A shame for sure. Definitely needed some polishing, but to have the structural issues probably seals it to an unfortunate fate.

      projects like this usually require an anchor donor in the tens of millions plus a couple times that from others. I havnt seen a large campaign specifically for this, but also not the kind of alum that would get a call

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      • #4
        I'm less concerned about funding than I am about whatever the ultimate plan might be getting torpedoed by Boston pols and/or historic preservationists. NU has grown a goodly number of well-heeled alums over the years although maybe not a clone of Terry Pegula. I'm guessing a capital campaign won't be announced unless and until the political/environmental/preservation issues get settled.

        Good point by Mr. Crimson about the current arena's immediate proximity to two subway lines and several bus lines. Easily the easiest college venue to get to for anyone unable or unwilling to pay the going price for B's/C's tickets (assuming you can get them) and a feature NU has never exploited.
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        • #5
          Back when BC was building Conte on the site of McHugh Forum, BC played their home games mostly at Walter Brown Arena and Watson Rink. I would think that Northeastern would be best suited to knock down Matthews and rebuild on the same site if possible. I am sure that somehow the other Boston area schools would find room to fill in some of those home games. Walter Brown Arena at BU would appear to be the best bet as it is their second on campus rink. It would be wonderful to play a game or two before a Bruins game at the Garden too.

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          • #6
            Does Northeastern have any places they can put a new arena besides where Matthews is located? It sounds like the land underneath Matthews is dodgy and no room to expand.
            Originally posted by BobbyBrady
            Crosby probably wouldn't even be on BC's top two lines next year

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Drew S. View Post
              Does Northeastern have any places they can put a new arena besides where Matthews is located?...
              In a word, no. NU's campus is in the heart of the city. Pretty much all of the available land already has buildings sitting on it so, really no place to go. There's a sizeable parcel of city-owned derelict land directly adjacent to one end of the campus that NU has been trying to acquire for decades but it has been stymied at every turn by political interests.
              Last edited by Split-N; 05-12-2024, 11:40 AM.
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              • #8
                the whole nu campus is prime real estate. a forward thinking leader may look to sell it all and replant the school into another area of either the city or suburb (everett??). then do a new ice rink right.

                is the old football field still nu property? or has that been redeveloped? it's been so long and mookie hasn't paid any attention to know.
                a legend and an out of work bum look a lot alike, daddy.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BC/HE View Post
                  Back when BC was building Conte on the site of McHugh Forum, BC played their home games mostly at Walter Brown Arena and Watson Rink. I would think that Northeastern would be best suited to knock down Matthews and rebuild on the same site if possible. I am sure that somehow the other Boston area schools would find room to fill in some of those home games. Walter Brown Arena at BU would appear to be the best bet as it is their second on campus rink. It would be wonderful to play a game or two before a Bruins game at the Garden too.
                  Except that WBA is undergoing renovations and BU’s women’s team will be playing at Agganis next season because of it.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mookie1995 View Post
                    the whole nu campus is prime real estate. a forward thinking leader may look to sell it all and replant the school into another area of either the city or suburb (everett??). then do a new ice rink right.

                    is the old football field still nu property? or has that been redeveloped? it's been so long and mookie hasn't paid any attention to know.
                    Exactly what Bentley did by moving from Copley Square to Waltham and Bryant did by moving from downtown Providence to Smithfield in the late 1960’s. Maybe NU could sidle up next to Nightshift Brewing in Everett?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Snively65 View Post

                      Exactly what Bentley did by moving from Copley Square to Waltham and Bryant did by moving from downtown Providence to Smithfield in the late 1960’s. Maybe NU could sidle up next to Nightshift Brewing in Everett?
                      Absolutely. I’m sure the 100,000 kids that apply to Northeastern each year would follow them from the Back Bay to Everett. Hell, they could buy half of Lynn or Lawrence with the proceeds and have plenty left over. The kids will love it.

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                      • #12
                        That would be disappointing. Matthews is old, but is a great old hockey barn. The sight lines are fine and it can generate a great atmosphere that the new buildings don't duplicate. The upper desk is a great place to watch hockey or basketball.
                        Northeastern has done a nice job with multiple refurbishments over the years.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by rpi82 View Post

                          Absolutely. I’m sure the 100,000 kids that apply to Northeastern each year would follow them from the Back Bay to Everett. Hell, they could buy half of Lynn or Lawrence with the proceeds and have plenty left over. The kids will love it.
                          Works for newton college.
                          a legend and an out of work bum look a lot alike, daddy.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Harry Cleverly View Post
                            That would be disappointing. Matthews is old, but is a great old hockey barn. The sight lines are fine and it can generate a great atmosphere that the new buildings don't duplicate. The upper desk is a great place to watch hockey or basketball.
                            Northeastern has done a nice job with multiple refurbishments over the years.
                            Well except if you're sitting in the seats next to the press box. Sitting there, you miss part of the rink. Other than that, I agree with your comments.

                            Back when Conte was being built, BC did play the majority of their home games at WBA. When BC had the home game against BU, we played that game at the Garden.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mookie1995 View Post
                              the whole nu campus is prime real estate. a forward thinking leader may look to sell it all and replant the school into another area of either the city or suburb (everett??). then do a new ice rink right.

                              is the old football field still nu property? or has that been redeveloped? it's been so long and mookie hasn't paid any attention to know.
                              Old Parsons Field is now Friedmand Diamond, home of the baseball team. Not sure if its used for anything else aside from baseball these days.

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