Boston University: Agganis Arena
Agganis Arena, located at 925 Commonwealth Avenue, was dedicated in 2004 and opened on January 3, 2005 when the the Boston Terriers ice hockey team defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers by a score of 2-1 on Jack Parker Rink, named after the college hockey's winningest head coach who has guided the team since 1973. Ironically, the Terriers had lost by the very same score to the same team the day before in their old arena, the legendary Walter Brown Arena.
Agganis Arena is a 29,000 square foot venue with 6,300 seats that expands to over 7,2000 seats for concerts and other events. In addition to serving as the home to the Boston University Terriers ice hockey team, is hosts BU basketball games, concerts, regional athletic tournaments, trade shows and other Boston University events. The arena is part of Boston University's John Hancock Student Village, or StuVi, a $225-million, 10-acre residential and recreational complex between Buick Street and Nickerson Field on ground formerly occupied by a National Guard Armory.
The arena is named after Harry Agganis (SED '54). "The Golden Greek" was a native of Lynn, Massachusetts and a football and baseball standout for the Boston University Terriers. Agganis was the school's first All-American football player and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 1952 NFL Draft, but instead signed to play first base for the Boston Red Sox for $35,000. In his second season, he got off to a good start, hitting .313 in his first 25 games before being hospitalized with pneumonia on June 2. He rejoined the team, but fell ill again in Kansas City on June 27 and was flown back to Cambridge, where he died of a pulmonary embolism at the age of 26. Agganis was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.