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Agganis Arena, Boston

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Agganis Arena is a 7,200-seat multi-purpose arena in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, on the campus of Boston University, built on the location of the former Commonwealth Armory. It is home to the five-time national champion Boston University Terriers men's ice hockey team. It is named after Harry Agganis, an outstanding football and baseball athlete for BU and the Boston Red Sox, who died at the age of 26 from a massive pulmonary embolism. A life-size bronze statue of Agganis sculpted by Armand LaMontagne stands outside the arena at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Harry Agganis Way. The hockey rink is named Jack Parker Rink, after the legendary BU hockey player and coach. The arena is part of Boston University's John Hancock Student Village, which also includes dormitories and the university's five-story Fitness and Recreation Center.

Agganis was dedicated in 2004 and hosted its first event in 2005. It replaced Walter Brown Arena, located at the Case Athletic Center, as the home of BU Men's Ice Hockey, though Walter Brown Arena is still in use as the home of BU Women's Ice Hockey.

In the arena's first decade, Boston University basketball played select home games at Agganis, with the remainder being played at Case Gym. The school made the decision before the 2015-2016 season to move all home games back to Case Gym due to poor attendance at Agganis. The last BU basketball game played at Agganis was a 77-70 loss to rival Holy Cross on Feb. 28, 2015.

It serves as a regional auditorium for large events, including concerts, ceremonies of other schools such as Berklee College of Music, musicals, awareness events, and appearances by speakers such as Barack Obama and Dave Chappelle.

Since 2008, Agganis has hosted the annual CRASH-B World Indoor Rowing Championship.
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  • Any arena that serves Crabcake Sliders with a big side of French fries for $8.oo automaticity gets 5 stars! And they were really good and the service was excellent!  more »
  • The Agannis is centrally located, walking distance from different nice restaurants. I have visited three times for Concerts. I wish they had more bathrooms and exits. It gets very crowded and...  more »
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  • The concert was FABULOUS! My family enjoyed it tremendously! However, be aware that in order to get to the floor seats you have to travel down around 100 stairs to get there! AND, there is no elevator back up! That was a nightmare! But, we didn't let that ruin things for us.
  • Acoustics are okay. Large venue. They have a size limit on purses, so if you need to store your bag you have to pay $16 for a locker across the street. No other arena is so strict, who runs this place, the TSA?

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