Bright Hockey Center
65 N. Harvard Street
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Open seasonally, the 204 x 87 ft Bright Hockey Center is used by Harvard's varsity hockey teams, as well as for recreation classes and open skate for Harvard affiliate (Harvard ID required). No skates are available for rent.
Bright Hockey Center History
The Bright Hockey Center was dedicated on November 19, 1979, when the Crimson hosted the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team in Cambridge. More than 3,000 spectators turned out for the opening of Harvard's third new athletic facility in three years.
Named after former Harvard hockey player Alec Bright '19, the Bright Hockey Center seats over 2,800 people, up more than 800 from Watson's old capacity. There is additional space for some 500 standees. Long-time Harvard coach Bill Cleary chose to lengthen the playing surface by five feet to emphasize the skating game he favored. The skating surface is now 204 feet by 87 feet.
Four locker rooms exist beneath the stands, one each for the men's varsity, women's varsity, men's junior varsity and opposing teams. These carpeted rooms are supplemented by rooms for officials,coaches and equipment storage. The equipment room has a stick room with a humidity monitor to prevent sticks from drying out.
Several aesthetic and functional improvements have been made at Bright in recent seasons, including the installation of new dasher boards, glass, and protective end netting prior to the 2002-03 season. Athletica, Inc. installed the new dashers with a seamless GlassFlex system in the fall of 2002. In addition, the men's team room and the Blueline Room on the concourse level received facelifts in recent years.
Women's Hockey coaches' offices
Blue Line Room
204 ft. x 87 ft. skating rink