Inaugural Games, Dedication at new Sidney J. Watson Arena

Story posted January 18, 2009

The new Sidney J. Watson Arena officially opened Sunday, January 18, 2009, with a doubleheader and a dedication ceremony.

Following the first women's game in the new arena, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees James MacAllen '66 welcomed the crowd from center ice.

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Applause from the men's team bench for the Watson family.

President Barry Mills paid tribute to Sid Watson, after whom the arena is named, and praised the efforts of the architects, builders and the donors who helped make the arena project a reality.

"Watson Arena is an important community resource for midcoast Maine," said Mills. "I can think of no better tribute to Sid Watson than such a place."

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President Mills delivers remarks while (L. to r.) James MacAllen '66, Jeff Ward and Robert White '77 listen.

Mills also announced that the men's locker room would be named for men's hockey coach Terry Meagher, in honor of his enthusiastic dedication and years of service to the College.

Trustee and lead donor Robert White '77 also remembered the arena's namesake in his remarks.

"Sid taught the value of hard work and discipline," said White.

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Terry Meagher, Robert White and President Mills share a laugh before the dedication ceremony.

And before the men's team took to the ice for its first game in what some are already calling "The Sid," Ashmead White Director of Athletics Jeff Ward reflected on the project, saying it far exceeded his expectations.

Click here for details on Bowdoin Hockey's first games in Watson.

About Watson Arena

Read "Home Ice Advantage: New Watson Arena to be Community Resource"

Read "Historic Zamboni Resurfaces in Watson Arena"

Read "Farewell to Dayton in Portland Press Herald"


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