WALTHAM, Mass. – Mark your calendars. The new Bentley Arena will officially open its doors on Thursday, February 15 to Bentley students, staff, and faculty. One night later, on February 16, the hockey team will play the first game in its new home, against Army West Point.
The announcement was made in an email to the Bentley community Tuesday afternoon from President Gloria Larson.
On Thursday the 15th, Bentley students, staff and faculty will be invited to an open house and to tour the new facility. The next night, the Falcons will officially drop the puck in their new arena for the first time when they will take on the Army West Point Black Knights.
"As we prepare to open this new building, I could not be more proud of the members of our community who worked so hard to make this vision into a reality", said President Larson. "The new LEED-certified, environmentally-friendly arena will provide a state-of-the-art center for our Division 1 hockey team and a venue for concerts, career fairs, alumni events, prominent speakers and other events. This signature facility marks Bentley's continued rise as a future-focused, nationally-recognized business university, showcasing our commitment to student life and the well-being of all of our stakeholders—students, athletes, faculty, staff, alumni and the Waltham community.
"We have and will continue to invest in the important strategic initiatives of this university that raise academic quality and provide the vibrant, campus-based student experience that has become a hallmark of a Bentley education," she continued.
The Falcon hockey team is in the middle of a six-game winning streak at the winter break, which is currently the third longest winning streak in the nation. They'll return from the break to play Northeastern at Ryan Arena in Watertown on Friday, January 5. The team's last games in Watertown will be the weekend of February 9-10 vs. Air Force.
Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks about the open house and ticket sales for the first hockey games at the new Bentley Arena.