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In the Big Leagues

By By Hiroko Sato, Lowell Sun

Forget electric scoreboards and frozen hamburgers. The Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell is leaping into the 21st century.

Grab any of its 6,500 seats, and you will see close-up shots of hockey players on the four-sided mega video scoreboard that hangs above the center of the rink. You may comfort yourself with a 19-inch piping-hot pizza or with gourmet sandwiches with briskets and pull-pork prepared in a wood-smoker on site. Or, walk into the Lowell Cooperative Bank Pavilion and sink into a leather-cushioned seat with a glass of beer in hand.

UMass Lowell is about to reopen its newly renovated Tsongas Center, the former city-owned arena that housed the Lowell Devils AHL hockey club just a few months ago. With the goal of making the 208,967-square-foot building into a premiere sports and entertainment destination, the university has invested $5 million in the past several months to give it a complete makeover.

Read more about the Tsonga Center upgrades.