The Matthews Arena is the oldest indoor hockey and basketball arena in Boston, MA. It was built in April of 1910 for the original Bruins. The Matthews arena is still in use today but not as a hockey arena, but as a skating rink and pool area and it can be found on the Northeastern University Campus.
The Matthews Arena the oldest indoor
hockey and basketball arena in Boston, MA, located only a mile away from Fenway
Park the famous Baseball Stadium. It can
be found on the Northeastern University Campus by its original Entrance made of
red brick from when it opened in April of 1910, and has been functional ever
since. It was home to the original Bruins and the Boston Garden that has
already been removed.
The Mathews Arena was known for over
70 years as the Boston Area because it was the starting point for hockey in Boston. It was home to the
1923 NHL’s Bruins and the New England Whalers played their first games before
they became the Carolina Hurricanes. This alone shows the history behind the arena.
Before the arena was built any
hockey that was played was played outside on frozen ponds and rivers. Not until
the Canadians built an indoor area did Boston, once they did there were a few arenas
scattered over the United States and the teams would not have to travel as far
to play other teams. Now, there are a few hockey arenas in Boston, including
where the Bruins play now the TD Garden.
The Matthews Arena today is still in
use, but not in the same way it is used for free skate, and many different
types of fitness classes from 6:30 a.m to 9:00 p.m daily, and club sports
including the Aquatics. Open skate is open during certain days but no hockey equipment
can be brought into the arena.