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Hockey Home Receives Face Lift

By By Chaz Scoggins, Lowell Sun

LOWELL -- The Tsongas Center wasn't even a teenager yet, and already it needed a face lift.

But it now looks like a million bucks.

Five million, in fact.

UMass Lowell, which purchased the 12-year-old hockey arena from the city of Lowell earlier this year for $1 and a land swap, has spent $5 million on extensive renovations to the facility and parking lots. The Tsongas Center is home to the university's Division I ice hockey team, the River Hawks, a member of high-powered Hockey East.

The arena opened in 1998 at a cost of $21.4 million.

The most obvious changes are the Lowell Cooperative Bank Pavilion, a new Talon Club, and a million-dollar video scoreboard hanging above center ice.

Read the entire Tsongas Center story.