Conte Forum

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Conte Forum
Conte, Kelley Rink
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Location Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Owner Boston College
Operator Boston College
Capacity 7,884 (hockey)
8,606 (basketball)
Field size 200' x 87' (hockey)
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground July 1986
Opened October 24, 1988[2]
Construction cost $25 million
($49.9 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect Sasaki Associates
General contractor Richard White Sons, Inc.
Tenants
Boston College Eagles
(basketball and hockey)

The Silvio O. Conte Forum, commonly known as Conte Forum, Kelley Rink (for ice hockey games), or simply Conte, is an 8,606-seat multi-purpose arena which opened in 1988 on the campus of Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts that lies within the Brighton neighborhood of Boston. Conte Forum is home to the Boston College Eagles men's and women's basketball and ice hockey teams as well as the Boston College Marching Band.

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Conte Forum is named for former United States congressman Silvio O. Conte, an alumnus of Boston College and Boston College Law School.[3] The ice rink is named in honor of long-time BC hockey coach John "Snooks" Kelley. The entire arena is traditionally called "Kelley Rink" during hockey games.

Before the arena opened in 1988, the BC basketball teams played their home games in Roberts Center to the immediate southwest of Alumni Stadium, on the site of the present-day Merkert Chemistry Center. The Eagles hockey teams played at McHugh Forum which was positioned parallel to Alumni Stadium. Conte Forum was built on the site of McHugh Forum, and is situated perpendicular to the football stadium. The arena is directly adjacent to Alumni, with some luxury boxes overlooking both the football field and arena floors.

Conte Forum seats 8,606 spectators in its basketball configuration and 7,884 when set up for hockey. The facility also houses 950-seat Power Gym which is used for BC volleyball games and as an auxiliary basketball court.[4]

As the largest indoor venue on the BC campus, Conte Forum hosts larger university-related events including conferences and debates. It is the site of the annual "Pops-on-the-Heights" during the annual Parents' Weekend in the fall, a gala concert featuring the Boston Pops Orchestra which raises over $1.5 million for BC's academic scholarship fund.[5] In the event of inclement weather, Conte Forum also hosts the university's commencement exercises.

Since 2008, Conte Forum has also hosted the Boston College AHANA Leadership Council (ALC) Showdown in the spring, an increasingly-popular dance competition between BC's various dance and cultural organizations.[6] Conte has also hosted numerous concerts, including in recent years Akon, Third Eye Blind, hellogoodbye, The Roots, Kanye West, and The Academy Is, as well as Will Ferrell's Funny or Die Comedy Tour.

On January 5, 2014, the Conte Forum was the venue for Boston mayor Marty Walsh's inauguration.[7]

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Preceded by
McHugh Forum
Home of
Boston College Eagles hockey

1988 – present
Succeeded by
Current Arena

Coordinates: 42°20′6″N 71°10′3″W / 42.33500°N 71.16750°W / 42.33500; -71.16750