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Bright-Landry Hockey Center

Allston, MA

Home of the Harvard Crimson

3.4

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Bright-Landry Hockey Center (map it)
65 North Harvard St
Allston, MA 02134


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Year Opened: 1979

Capacity: 2,850

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The Alexander H. Bright Hockey Center, renamed the Bright-Landry Hockey Center in 2013, opened in 1979 with a game between Harvard and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team. Named after Harvard hockey player Alec Bright, class of 1919, and rechristened in honor of longtime support from alumnus C. Kevin Landry and family, the arena is located on the same site as Harvard's previous hockey arena, the Donald C. Watson Rink.

Renovations were made to the facility before the 2014-15 season. New concessions, souvenir and hospitality areas, as well as new family friendly restrooms were among the upgrades. New locker rooms for both the men's and women's teams, coaches offices, new workout facilities, sports medicine and a facilities operations center were also added, as 20,000 square feet were added to the facility.

Hockey has been played at Harvard since 1898. The Crimson have qualified for 23 NCAA tournaments, reaching the Frozen Four twelve times. Harvard won the national title in 1989. In addition, Harvard's women's team, which also plays at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, won a national title in 1999.

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The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

There are two concession stands at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Depending on the game you attend, one or both will be open. The menu doesn't venture far from basic arena fare.

The two stands have slightly different menus, with the featured items consisting of sausage and pepper sandwiches and hot dogs, which come in regular and jumbo sizes. Nachos and pretzels are sold here, along with a number of snack items, including cotton candy, cracker jacks and popcorn. Coca Cola products are featured, and no alcohol is sold in this on-campus facility.

A portable cart selling Dippin' Dots, snacks and beverages is located on the concourse next to the main concession stand.

Fans looking for a place to hang out before or after the game should head over to Dillon Hall right next to the arena, where the Crimson Pub is located. A small pub menu is available here, as well as a selection of beer and mixed drinks. If you are looking for an adult beverage during intermission, you can leave the arena to get a quick drink and be back in time for the next period.

Atmosphere    3

When comparing the atmosphere at the Bright-Landry Center to the other Beanpot schools, it tends to come up a bit lacking. There isn't the overwhelming sense of history here that Matthews Arena has, it's not new and modern like Agganis Arena, and it doesn't have the sheer numbers and noise that Conte Forum boasts. The cozy confines of the Bright Landry Center ensures an intimate setting, and Harvard has their share of hardcore fans.

Front and center at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center is the Harvard pep band, which plays throughout all play stoppages, running through a vast repertoire of songs from the 80s and beyond. The lack of piped in music is refreshing, and pep bands like this one are what make the atmosphere at college games special.

There is a designated student section behind the far goal, although it seems that students prefer to scatter throughout the arena. Games with traditional local rivals produce a healthy, fun give and take between fans of the opposing teams. Given that a great percentage of Harvard's schedule consists of games against other local schools, it is not unusual to find yourself unknowingly sitting in enemy territory at a Harvard hockey game.

Neighborhood    5

While walking around Boston in the middle of winter might not be your idea of a fun way to spend an afternoon, the area around Harvard University is one of the more popular attractions for visitors to Boston. An ideal place for shopping, dining, or people watching, Harvard Square attracts visitors from all over the world. Before or after a game at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, take a walk across the Anderson Memorial Bridge, which spans the Charles River, and explore Harvard Square. For those wishing to bask in the history, architecture, and aura of Harvard, this is the place for you. Take a walking tour of the campus if you are so inclined, and take a picture in front of the statue of John Harvard, as thousands of others have done. Remember to rub his shiny shoe, it is rumored to bring good luck.

If you would rather stay in Allston, there's really not a whole lot within walking distance of the athletic complex. The town of Allston has a reputation as a working class community, with not a whole lot to attract visitors. While overshadowed by neighboring Cambridge and Boston, Allston and neighboring Brighton have many shops, restaurants and bars for visitors to explore.

Of course, downtown Boston is just a few miles away, with its mix of culture, history and attractions. It's easy to just hop on the red line and explore the city.

Fans    3

Harvard averaged about 2,400 fans per game in 2015-2016, or 77 percent of capacity. In hockey-mad Boston, this puts Harvard last among the four Beanpot schools in terms of attendance. Fans who do fill the Bright-Landry Center are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the Crimson. While they may not be the most vocal crowd, they are most certainly into the action on the ice.

There is a student section, called the "CrimZone" at the far end of the Bright-Landry Center, but students tend to spread out around the arena, negating any home ice advantage the student section may create. With so many hockey teams in close proximity of Boston, it's not unusual to see a sizeable turnout from visiting supporters.

Access    4

While Harvard University is located in Cambridge, MA, the Bright-Landry Hockey Center is located across the Charles River, in the Allston section of Boston. Also located here are most of Harvard's other athletic facilities.

Even on its best days, the city of Boston is a difficult city to drive in. The best way to get to the Bright-Landry Hockey Center is to take Storrow Drive to the Soldier's Field Athletic Complex. If you must drive to a Harvard hockey game, bring along someone who knows the crooked streets of Boston well.

The recommended method of travel to the Bright Center is the subway, or "T," as it is called locally. The Harvard Station MBTA stop is a 10 minute walk from the Bright -Landry Hockey Center across the Charles River. Several bus routes also stop at Harvard Station. In addition, the 66 and 86 bus routes stop on North Harvard Street, directly in front of the athletic complex. For more information, fares and schedules, check out the MBTA website.

The Bright Center is a small arena, with a concourse completely encircling the top of the seating bowl. While the recent renovations widened the concourse on one side of the arena, traffic can get heavy during intermissions. Likewise, long lines form at the restrooms. Check out the small men's room at the far end of the rink to avoid some of these lines. Seating consists of individual plastic crimson seats throughout the seating bowl. The small size of the Bright-Landry Hockey Center ensures great views throughout the facility. Some fans choose to take in the action from the concourse at the top of the seating bowl.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets for Harvard hockey games cost $20, with youth and student tickets reduced to $10. Harvard students are admitted at no cost. Prices are increased by five dollars on game day. Tickets to selected games, including cross-town rival Boston College and arch-rival Yale, cost $25/$15. Parking in the maze of lots surrounding the athletic facilities costs ten dollars. Concession prices are in line with comparable facilities in the area.

While attending a game at Bright-Landry Hockey Center will cost a little more than other college hockey arenas in the greater Boston area, it's still a decent value for local hockey fans.

Extras    3

Harvard took advantage of the renovations to the Bright-Landry Hockey Center to showcase its lengthy history. Floor to ceiling murals line the arena walls as you enter the rink. Award winners, Olympians, past arenas, coaches and championship teams are all highlighted. On the far wall are photos of every men's and women's hockey team to ever represent the school. Banners honoring the school's conference championships, tournament appearances, and national titles hang from the rafters.

Notable among the banners is a crimson number 4, retired in honor of former Harvard player, hockey coach, and athletic director Bill Cleary. It is the only number that has been taken out of circulation in any of Harvard's 42 varsity sports. No Division One school in the nation can boast more varsity sports than Harvard.

Final Thoughts

In the crowded Boston college hockey scene, the Bright-Landry Hockey Center is often overshadowed by its larger neighbors at Boston College and Boston University, and by its more historic neighbor at Northeastern. Still, this is a solid facility that showcases Harvard's illustrious hockey history while incorporating enough modern creature comforts to satisfy today's fan. It's an intimate setting where hockey fans can feel close to the action without breaking the bank.

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Crowd Reviews

Harvard Hockey

Total Score: 3.00

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 2
  • Extras: 2

The Alexander H. Bright Hockey Center, renamed the Bright-Landry Hockey Center in 2013, opened in 1979 with a game between Harvard and the 1980 U.S. Hockey team. Named after Harvard hockey player Alec Bright, class of 1919, and rechristened in 2008 in honor of longtime support from alumnus C. Kevin Landry and family, the arena is located on the same site as Harvard’s previous hockey arena, the Donald C. Watson rink. The Crimson have enjoyed a great deal of success at this building, with the men’s team boasting a .667 winning percentage at home since the Bright Center opened. National championship seasons by both the men’s team in 1989 and the women’s team in 1999 have been celebrated at Harvard since the opening of this facility.

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