Walter Brown Arena

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Walter A. Brown Arena Memorial Skating Pavilion
Location Boston, Massachusetts
Owner Boston University
Operator Boston University
Capacity 3,806 (hockey)
Opened 1971
Tenants
Boston University women's ice hockey
Suffolk University men's ice hockey
Catholic Memorial School's boy's ice hockey

Walter Brown Arena is a 3,806-seat multi-purpose arena in Boston, Massachusetts. It is home to the Boston University Terriers women's ice hockey team and hosted the men's team before they moved to Agganis Arena. It hosted the first rounds of the 2003 and 2004 America East Conference men's basketball tournaments. It is named in honor of Walter A. Brown, the original owner of the Boston Celtics, former president of the Boston Bruins and second manager of the Boston Garden (after his father). The arena is part of the Harold Case Physical Education Center, which includes Case Gym directly above the arena, as well as the former home of student recreation before the opening of the John Hancock Student Village. The building lies in the general area of the left field pavilion seats at the former Braves Field, whose right field pavilion and a portion of the field have been converted to neighboring Nickerson Field.

While it is known as the home of the four men's hockey NCAA championships, one of its most famous (and tragic) events was in October 1995, when Travis Roy, a 20-year old freshman hockey player, lost his balance attempting to make a check eleven seconds into his first collegiate hockey shift versus North Dakota, breaking his neck at the fourth vertebra and paralyzing him from the neck down. His jersey number, 24, is now retired by the hockey team.

Preceded by
Boston Arena
Home of
Boston Terriers men's ice hockey

1971–2005
Succeeded by
Agganis Arena

Coordinates: 42°21′15″N 71°07′13″W / 42.354029°N 71.120312°W / 42.354029; -71.120312