Whittemore Center

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Whittemore Center Arena
The Whit
Whittemore Center, UNH, Durham NH.jpg
location = Durham, New Hampshire, United States
Owner University of New Hampshire
Operator University of New Hampshire
Capacity 6,501 (hockey and basketball)
5,550 (End-stage concerts)
Surface 200 x 100 ft (hockey)
Opened November 1995
Construction cost $30 million
UNH Men's Hockey
UNH Women's Hockey
Oyster River High School Hockey
2002 and 2005 NCAA Women's Frozen Four

Coordinates: 43°08′21″N 70°56′02″W / 43.13917°N 70.93389°W / 43.13917; -70.93389 Whittemore Center Arena or Whit is a multi-purpose arena in Durham, New Hampshire, United States, on the campus of the University of New Hampshire. It was built for $30 million and opened in November 1995.[1] It was dedicated to Frederick B. Whittemore and his family on May 5, 1996.[2] It is adjacent to its predecessor, the Snively Arena, which is still standing and is used as a recreation facility. It is also adjacent to Durham's Amtrak station, and it is across the street from Cowell Stadium.

The arena is home to the University of New Hampshire Wildcats men's and women's ice hockey teams. The hockey rink has a full Olympic-sized sheet of ice. In 2002 and 2005, UNH and the Whittemore Center hosted the NCAA Women's Frozen Four. The arena can seat 6,501 for hockey and basketball games, and 7,200 for concerts and similar events. The lobby is decorated with heroic portraits of past men's and women's All American hockey players. Through the end of the 2006-2007 academic year, the arena was managed by Global Spectrum, but UNH Campus Recreation took over management before the 2007 academic year.

The basketball teams (which currently draw roughly 1,000 fans per game on average) normally play across the street at Lundholm Gymnasium, which is attached to Cowell Stadium. A few home basketball games have been held at the Whittemore Center. The arena is also a venue for many concerts, trade shows, and events. This was New Hampshire's largest arena until the Verizon Wireless Arena was built in Manchester. [3]


  1. ^ "Whittemore Center Arena Promoter Guide" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  2. ^ "Whittemore Center Backstage". Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  3. ^ "UNH Athletics Facilities". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 

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