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Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
Tsongasarena.jpg
Location 300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
Lowell, MA 01852
Broke ground 1996
Opened January 27, 1998
Owner University of Massachusetts Lowell
City of Lowell (1998-2009)
Operator SMG
Surface 200x85 ft (hockey)
Construction cost $28 million
Capacity 6,496 (hockey and basketball)
7,800 (concerts)
Tenants
University of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks men's ice hockey
Lowell Devils (AHL)

The Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, formerly known as the Tsongas Arena, is a multi-use indoor sport and concert venue on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Lowell, Massachusetts. The Arena was opened and dedicated to the memory of prominent local and national politician Paul Tsongas (who died in 1997) on January 27, 1998. The arena was built with $4 million funding from both the city and the university, plus another $20 million contributed from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, largely in support of UMass.[1]

The facility is home to the Division I University of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks who are an Hockey East ice hockey team, who play in the NCAA. The facility is also home to the Lowell Devils ice hockey team, who compete in the American Hockey League. The Devils' lease for the use of Tsongas Center is scheduled to expire at the end of the 2009-2010 season. In January 2010, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello stated that the organization has no plans to move the team as of January 27, 2010 (2010 -01-27), stating "No. That has not been a consideration at this moment, we have options in Lowell. Right now that is our focus. To be in Lowell."[2] However, officials of the Times Union Center in Albany, New York offered the Lowell Devils a 10-year lease in March 2010[3]. Hockey seating capacity is approximately 6,496, while concert seating capacity is approximately 7,800.

Tsongas Center also hosts concerts and other public events, including the graduations of several local high schools. In 2004, alternative music pioneers Pixies recorded their live concert DVD and high-definition television special "The Pixies: Come Home Live 2004 World Tour" at Tsongas Arena. In the same year, the group Yes released a DVD of their 35th anniversary tour performance at the venue titled "Songs from Tsongas."

UMass Lowell and the City of Lowell entered into negotiations in 2009 with the intent to transfer ownership of the arena, and the land adjacent to it, to the University. In late October 2009, it was reported that the deal has been perfected, with UMass Lowell committing to $5 million in repairs to the facility.[4] In a ceremony during a game against Boston University on October 30, 2009, the deal which would transfer ownership to the university was signed, and the school formerly took control of the arena on February 5, 2010 after completing a $1 transaction.[5]

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Preceded by
Tully Forum
Home of the
University of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks men's ice hockey

1998 – present
Succeeded by
current

Coordinates: 42°39′01″N 71°18′48″W / 42.650228°N 71.313248°W / 42.650228; -71.313248

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