Matthews Arena, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is the world's oldest indoor hockey arena. It was opened in 1910 on what is now the east end of Northeastern University's campus, and is currently owned by the university. It is the original home of the NHL Boston Bruins, the NBA Boston Celtics and the WHA New England Whalers (now the NHL Carolina Hurricanes, and the current home of the Northeastern University Huskies men's and women's hockey teams. It is more widely known as Boston Arena, its name until 1995 when Northeastern alumnus George J. Matthews helped fund its refurbishment. Matthews is also the place where hockey programs at Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, and Tufts all began. Boston is the capital of and the largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. ... 1910 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... This article is about the American institution. ... The Boston Bruins are a National Hockey League team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Boston Celtics are a National Basketball Association team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Carolina Hurricanes are a National Hockey League team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... The Carolina Hurricanes are a National Hockey League team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... This article is about the American institution. ... Boston College is a private university in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. ... Boston University is a non-sectarian private university located in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Harvard, see Harvard (disambiguation) Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... MIT redirects here. ... Tufts University is a university located in Medford, Massachusetts (near Boston). ...
The world's oldest ice hockey arena and one of the nation's exemplary athletic facilities is MatthewsArena, a recently repolished gem named for George J. Matthews, B '56, and his wife, the late Hope M. Matthews.
Matthews is chairman emeritus of the Northeastern Board of Trustees and the former national chairperson of the Century Fund at Northeastern.
Convocations and a large portion of the intramural docket are conducted at the arena, whose walls once echoed with the podium entreaties of presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.
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