Bentley University's new, state-of-the-art multipurpose arena hosts the university’s NCAA Division I hockey team and prominent university events such as career fairs, high-profile speakers, alumni events and concerts. The 76,000 square foot facility, designed by Architectural Resources Cambridge and built by Suffolk Construction, marks Bentley’s continued rise as a modern, nationally-recognized business university and is a prime example of sustainable design and energy efficiency.
The building, located on the south campus at 400 Beaver Street, enhances student life for the next generation, giving students a place to gather, cheer and learn. Students can use the arena as a “living lab” where they are able to analyze the building’s energy data, complete marketing projects, create sales plans for season tickets, and do other academic projects.
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The new multipurpose arena is part of the university’s comprehensive 10-year capital plan to modernize and expand the campus including renovating academic buildings and residence halls and building a new health and wellness center. Funding for the new arena came from a combination of private gifts and operating reserves.
- 1,400 solar-panels on the roof, high-efficiency lighting, and water-saving bathroom fixtures.
- A glass-walled function room that offers upscale space for a range of community and campus events.
- State-of-the-art locker rooms for home and visiting hockey teams, equipment rooms, weight rooms and a sports medicine center.
- A grand staircase to the upper lobby where a second-floor concourse enables people to gather pre- and post-event or during intermissions.
- A student-run media control room that includes 10 high definition cameras to capture all the live action and curate content for the Jumbotron.
Bentley President Gloria Larson said, “Having just completed our centennial year, this arena sets the stage for Bentley’s continued success into the next 100 years. The new Bentley Arena is a sustainable investment in the future of Bentley, providing a gathering place to welcome the entire Bentley community and beyond for many years to come and enhancing the incredible student experience that is the hallmark of a Bentley education.”
“The arena will enhance student life at Bentley and give the entire community a renewed sense of school pride in an exciting new space,” said Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs J. Andrew Shepardson. “The new Bentley Arena will be far more than a sports venue, providing our students with academic opportunities and our students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends with a 21st century state-of-the-art home that demonstrates Bentley’s rise as one of the nation’s top business schools.”
“We envision this building providing students with countless hands-on learning opportunities,” said Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences Wiley Davi. “Think of a marketing student analyzing customer data, a natural and applied sciences student gathering energy usage information, or a math student crunching player stats at a game. The arena is meant to be a live learning laboratory that consistently adds to our students’ academic experience in addition to the social one.”
The multipurpose arena is designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Certification standards. The building is already setting a new standard for sustainable design of ice arenas. Sustainable features include 1,400 solar panels on the roof which provide the building with 40% of its annual electricity needs; high efficiency LED lighting; and the most efficient water-saving bathroom fixtures on the market which help the building to use approximately 48% less water than buildings of similar size and capacity.
Additional sustainable features include:
- An outdoor plaza built with permeable pavers to reduce storm water runoff and encourage infiltration into the adjacent wetlands.
- Preferred parking spots for electric and fuel-efficient/low-emission vehicles.
- Public transportation access via the Bentley shuttle bus and MBTA buses.
- At least 20% of construction materials include recycled content.
- At least 20% of construction materials are sourced locally (within 500 miles of Bentley)
- At least 50% of wood used in the building is Forest Steward Council certified (sustainable forestry practices)
This will be the first LEED-certified building on Bentley’s campus.
Bob DeFelice, athletics director for Bentley said, “We are obviously very excited about building a new arena for our university. It will provide our Division 1 hockey program a much-needed state-of-the-art facility as their home, and provide a large enough space to host a wide variety of events for the student body, which has been missing from our campus. It’s an important investment in the future of our school.”
As a team and individually, the Falcons have been consistently rewriting the record book with coach Ryan Soderquist holding the all-time program wins record at 187 and counting. Soderquist, who was a player when Bentley made the move to Division I, is also the program’s all-time leading scorer with 173 points.
“I am grateful to the Board, our president, leadership team and the many others involved for all their hard work and commitment to this project," said Soderquist. "As the hockey coach, it is a dream come true for me and clearly demonstrates the commitment to and excitement around our evolving Division 1 hockey program. The new venue pays tribute to all who have played for Bentley, the current team, and it will help us attract talented student-athletes to one of the top universities in the country."
Limited tickets are still available for hockey games. See the seating chart for information on available seating.
Season tickets are available to purchase for next season. See more information on available packages.
University Police, security and Waltham Police will be on hand to assist with pedestrian and vehicle traffic, as well as parking.
Bentley is pleased to offer its guests grab-n-go options for food. Please see the menu below for selections and prices. Allergy-friendly and vegetarian options are readily available.