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The Bentley Arena

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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    Venue highlights

    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.

    Highlights include:

    • 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.

     

    A building for the next generation

    “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.”

    Our commitment to sustainability

    The Bentley Arena is the first standalone ice arena in the country to receive LEED platinum certification and 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.

    • An outdoor plaza built with permeable paves 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)

    The arena is the first LEED-certified building on Bentley’s campus. 

    Spotlight on hockey

    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."
     

    Ticket information

    Tickets are available for all home hockey games through the Box Office. Purchase Tickets here.

    See the seating chart for information on available seating.

    Information on group ticket sales and packages are available here.

     

     

     

    Traveling to the Bentley Arena

    Visitors can access the Bentley Arena via the Bentley Harvard Square Bus. Visitors must present a printed or e-ticket to board the bus or can reserve a single-day pass (if not attending a ticketed event). The Harvard Square Bus will stop at the LaCava bus shelter next to Lot 5 on Bentley’s campus. 
     
    Alternatively, for weeknight and Friday night games, visitors may transfer from the Bentley Harvard Square Bus to the Bentley Loop Bus at the LaCava bus shelter and ride the Loop Bus to the South Campus stop (located between the universiy’s track and the baseball field) approximately 0.15 miles from the main entrance to the arena.
     

    Parking and drop-off

    There are multiple options for parking at the Bentley Arena. Premium parking spots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Arena Parking Lot, lot 20, adjacent to Beaver Street for $10 per vehicle. Parking passes can be purchased online only at etix.com and purchasers must display the pass. There are no on-site day of game sales. Handicap placards will be accepted with no charge. This lot will also be available for those who have a reserved parking pass previously purchased.
     
    Arena guests are encouraged to park on Bentley's upper campus behind the LaCava Center, labeled lots 6 and 7. When walking to the Arena from the main campus, we strongly encourage you to use the footburdge by the Student Center to the lower campus.
     
    Limited parking will be available behind the Dana Athletic Center, labeled lot 22, until it is full. 
     
    Signs will be posted along walking and driving routes to help find the way. 

    University Police, security and Waltham Police will be on hand to assist with pedestrian and vehicle traffic, as well as parking.

     

    Leaving the Bentley Arena

    Arena visitors will be able to leave Bentley’s campus via the Bentley Harvard Square Bus. Visitors must present a printed or e-ticket to board the bus or can reserve a single-day pass (if not attending a ticketed event). The bus stop is located on Beaver Street, 0.2 miles from the main entrance to the arena.
     
    For weeknight and Friday night games, Arena visitors may also ride Bentley’s Loop Bus to upper campus. The Loop Bus South Campus stop is located .15 miles from the main entrance to the arena.
     

    Arena food and drinks

    Bentley is pleased to offer its guests grab-n-go options for food. Allergy-friendly and vegetarian options are readily available.

    Bentley is also excited to offer a cash bar for Beer and Wine for fans 21+ with valid ID. The bar will be CASH ONLY and will be open pre-game and during both intermissions. 

     

    Arena policies and procedures

    Bentley University is a community of faculty, students and staff who are gathered to learn and to support learning. To maintain and nurture our community and to maximize learning, we embrace the Bentley Beliefs, which govern our conduct in classrooms, residence halls and places of work. Please visit the Bentley Arena Policies page for additional information around emergency procedures and prohibited items.