Tsongas Center

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Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell (formerly Paul E. Tsongas Arena) is a multi-purpose facility, on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, in Lowell, Massachusetts. The Arena was opened and dedicated to the memory of prominent local and national politician Paul Tsongas (who died in 1997) on January 27, 1998. The arena was built with $4 million funding from both the city and the university, plus another $20 million contributed from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, largely in support of UMass.

The facility is home to the NCAA Division I University of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks ice hockey team, who compete in the Hockey East Association. The facility was also home to the Lowell Devils ice hockey team, who competed in the American Hockey League from 1998 to 2010. The Devils ended their stay in Lowell due to financial difficulties and the arena's new ownership and has moved to Albany, NY to compete as the Albany Devils. Hockey seating capacity is approximately 6,496, while concert seating capacity is approximately 7,800.

Tsongas Center also hosts concerts and other public events, including the graduations of several local high schools. In 2004, alternative music pioneers Pixies recorded their live concert DVD and high-definition television special "The Pixies: Come Home Live 2004 World Tour" at Tsongas Arena. In the same year, the group Yes released a DVD of their 35th anniversary tour performance at the...
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