Bright Hockey Center

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Alexander C. Bright Hockey Center
Former names Donald C. Watson Rink
Location Harvard University Athletics Complex
Soldiers Field Rd
Allston, MA
Owner Harvard University
Operator Harvard University
Capacity 2,850 (hockey)
Surface 204x87 ft (hockey)
Opened 1956
Renovated 1979
Harvard University Crimson
(men's and women's hockey)
Boston Pride (NWHL)

The Alexander C. Bright Hockey Center is a 2,850-seat ice-hockey arena in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. It is home to the Harvard University Crimson men's and women's ice hockey teams. It is also home to the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League. It is named for Alec Bright '19, a former hockey player.

Inside Bright Center

In 1956, the Donald C. Watson Rink was opened just north of Harvard Stadium at Soldiers Field, the area in the Allston neighborhood of Boston used by Harvard athletics, just across the Charles River from campus. The rink held approximately 2,000 people, but did not have many modern amenities. When plans were made to upgrade facilities, the $5-million cost became prohibitive, and the decision was made to renovate Watson Rink. In 1978, following the hockey season, the walls were removed and the roof was extended before the new arena itself was installed. After a season without a full-time home, the "new" arena opened on November 19, 1979, with an exhibition between Harvard and the 1980 USA Olympic hockey team.

In November 2006, Bright Arena was home to the 2006 Friendship Cup, the Cup's debut year. Team USA Alumni, Team Canada Alumni, Team Gazprom and the Boston Bruins Alumni team all participated in the event. The Bruins defeated Team USA, while Gazprom defeated Team Canada.


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