William D. Mullins Memorial Center

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William D. Mullins Memorial Center
"The Bill"
William D. Mullins Memorial Center from Kennedy Tower.JPG
Location200 Commonwealth Avenue
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
Coordinates42°23′21.77″N 72°32′0.38″W / 42.3893806°N 72.5334389°W / 42.3893806; -72.5334389Coordinates: 42°23′21.77″N 72°32′0.38″W / 42.3893806°N 72.5334389°W / 42.3893806; -72.5334389
OwnerUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
OperatorGlobal Spectrum
Capacity9,493 (basketball)
Surface200 × 95 ft (hockey)
Broke groundJanuary 1991
OpenedFebruary 4, 1993
Construction cost$51 million
($88.5 million in 2018 dollars[1])
ArchitectCambridge Seven Associates, Inc.
Structural engineerLim Consultants, Inc.[2]
General contractorSuffolk Construction Company
UMass Minutemen basketball (men's and women's)
UMass Men's ice hockey

The William D. Mullins Memorial Center, also known as the Mullins Center, is a 9,493-seat multi-purpose arena (10,500 for 360 concerts), located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, Massachusetts. The Mullins Center is the home of UMass Minutemen men's basketball, women's basketball, and men's ice hockey. In addition, the venue hosts numerous concerts, family shows, theater shows, and commencements annually. Located adjacent to the Mullins Center is the Mullins Community Ice Rink, which is open for public skating and racquetball, while also serving as the home rink for the UMass women's ice hockey team.

In 1985, William D. Mullins, a state representative from Ludlow, suggested that the university needed a multipurpose arena and convocation center to help expand the athletic program and assist in the university's growth. He died in 1986, but the state went ahead with the building of the complex, naming it for him. It replaced the Curry Hicks Cage, the 1930s-era basketball gymnasium, as home of the Minutemen basketball teams. In addition, it allowed the hockey team, which had been downgraded to club status since the late 1970s, to be elevated to Division I status.

The Mullins Center is managed by Global Spectrum, which manages over 70 different event arenas throughout the United States.

Mullins Center Interior

Concerts and events[edit]

The Mullins Center has hosted many performances over the years, including:

Family Events
Care Bears Live
"Caring & Sharing Friends"
  • December 15–18, 2005
Barney the Dinosaur
  • February 16, 2006
  • October 7, 2006
Walking with Dinosaurs
  • March 27–30, 2008
Cirque du Soleil
  • September 3–7, 2008
Playhouse Disney Live!
  • November 1, 2008
Sesame Street Live!
Cirque du Soleil
  • September 16–20, 2009
Disney's Phineas and Ferb
  • September 10, 2011
Cirque du Soleil
  • October 9, 2011
Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour By Cirque Du Soleil
  • March 6, 2014
Entertainers, Miscellaneous events
Jim Breuer
  • October 9, 2004
  • February 1, 2008
David Copperfield
  • February 6, 2006
Stars on Ice
Boston Pops
Bill Cosby
  • October 29, 2004
Full Throttle Energy Drink's Pro Wrestling Live!
Daniel Tosh
  • October 27, 2010
Lipizzaner Stallions
Russell Brand
  • November 19, 2011
Boston Bruins
  • Exhibition Game
USA vs. Russia
NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship
  • 1995
Boston Celtics
  • Exhibition Game

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "Athletic Facilities". Lim Consultants, Inc. Retrieved February 11, 2015.

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