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Dunkin' Donuts Center
The Dunk
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Dunkin' Donuts Center
Former names Providence Civic Center (1972–2001)
Location 101 Sabin Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Coordinates 41°49′25″N 71°25′6″W / 41.82361°N 71.41833°W / 41.82361; -71.41833Coordinates: 41°49′25″N 71°25′6″W / 41.82361°N 71.41833°W / 41.82361; -71.41833
Opened November 3, 1972
Owner Rhode Island Convention Center Authority
Operator SMG
Capacity Ice hockey:11,000
Basketball: 12,500
Boxing / Center Stage: 14,000
Tenants
Providence Reds (AHL) (1972–1976)
Rhode Island Reds (AHL) (1976–1977)
New England Steamrollers (AFL) (1988)
URI Rams (NCAA) (?–2002)
Providence Bruins (AHL) (1992–present)
Providence College Friars (NCAA) (1972–present)
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship (1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1989, 1996, 2010)

The Dunkin' Donuts Center, also known as The Dunk, is an indoor arena located in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, United States. Built in 1972 and originally known as the Civic Center, the arena was built as a place for the emerging Providence College men's basketball program and the high demand for tickets to their games in Alumni Hall, as well as for the then-Providence Reds, who played in the nearly fifty-year old Rhode Island Auditorium. The arena was known as the Providence Civic Center until a naming rights deal was reached with Dunkin' Donuts in June 2001. Current tenants include the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League and the Providence Friars men's basketball team.

In December 2005, the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority purchased the building from the city of Providence and spent $80 million on an extensive renovation to transform the facility into a state-of-the-art arena. Major elements of the construction included a significantly expanded lobby and concourse, an enclosed pedestrian bridge from the Convention Center, a new LCD video scoreboard, new restaurant, 20 luxury suites, 4 new bathrooms, and all new seats with cupholders in the arena bowl. Behind the scenes improvements included a new HVAC system, ice chiller, and a first of its kind fire suppression system. These renovations were completed in 2008. In 2010, the arena is hosting first and second-round games of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament for the first time since 1996.

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Sports and events

The New England Steamrollers of the Arena Football League called the arena home for their single season of existence in 1988. The Providence Reds hockey team played there for five years starting in 1972. The venue has long been a regular stop on WWE tours. It was the site of WWF King of the Ring tournaments six times: (from 1986–1990) five times before the event became a pay per view, and once after in 1997, and hosted the 1994 Royal Rumble. In April 25, 1999 the Dunkin' Donuts Center was home to the first WWE Backlash Pay-Per-View event. In December, 2005 this venue hosted WWE Armageddon. It also hosted Backlash (2009)[1] A number of other professional sporting events (such as the Harlem Globetrotters), the 2008 NBA champions, the Boston Celtics in an exhibition game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as rock, pop, and opera concerts occur there as well. The venue continued to score big names in 2007 with concerts featuring Elton John, Christina Aguilera and Miley Cyrus.

It has been the site of many collegiate tournaments, including the inaugural 1980 Big East Conference men's basketball tournament; several ECAC basketball tournaments; NCAA men's basketball tournament first- and second-round games in 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1996, and 2010; the 1978 and 1985 NCAA men's basketball regionals; the inaugural 1985 Hockey East Tournament (won by the home team) as well as the second tournament a year later in 1986 before the tourney made Boston a permanent home; and the 1978, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1995, and 2000 NCAA Frozen Four ice hockey championships. The University of Rhode Island also played home basketball games at Dunkin' Donuts Center, although this practice stopped with the opening of the Ryan Center in 2002. On rare occasions, the Providence women's basketball team has played "home" games in the arena, most notably for games against URI or UConn, where demand for tickets would be enough to warrant an arena larger than the 2,620-seat Alumni Hall. On May 23, 1977 the venue hosted a live concert by Elvis Presley. And over 10 years later Whitney Houston visited the arena for an concert as part of her Moment of Truth World Tour on September 5, 1987.

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Preceded by
Olympia Stadium
Detroit, Michigan
Host of the
Frozen Four

1978
Succeeded by
Olympia Stadium
Detroit, Michigan
Preceded by
Olympia Stadium
Detroit, Michigan
Host of the
Frozen Four

1980
Succeeded by
Duluth Arena
Duluth, Minnesota
Preceded by
Duluth Arena
Duluth, Minnesota
Host of the
Frozen Four

1982
Succeeded by
Ralph Engelstad Arena
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Preceded by
Joe Louis Arena
Detroit, Michigan
Host of the
Frozen Four

1986
Succeeded by
Joe Louis Arena
Detroit, Michigan
Preceded by
Saint Paul Civic Center
St. Paul, Minnesota
Host of the
Frozen Four

1995
Succeeded by
Riverfront Coliseum
Cincinnati, Ohio
Preceded by
Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
Anaheim, California
Host of the
Frozen Four

2000
Succeeded by
Pepsi Arena
Albany, New York







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