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Opening of The Sid Makes Headlines

Story posted January 19, 2009

The official opening of the Sidney J. Watson Arena is making headlines on sports pages across the region.

The arena officially opened Sunday, January 18, 2009, with a doubleheader and a dedication ceremony that was covered by a variety of media outlets, from the Boston Herald to the Maine Hockey Journal.

Boston Herald

Details of the arena and the significant impact of coaches past and present are part of a college hockey roundup in the Jan. 19, 2009, edition of the Boston Herald.

Read the article here.

Portland Press Herald

The momentous occasion of the first games played by the Bowdoin men's and women's hockey teams, in what is affectionately reffered to as "The Sid," is front page news in the Portland Press Herald's Jan. 19, 2009, sports section.

The article, "Polar Bears Roam in a Brand New Den," is flush with photographs and shares the stories of those who came from across the country to witness the opening.

"This is a fabulous facility," says Bob Spencer '60 in the article. Spencer, who played on the team that opened Dayton Arena in 1956, travelled from Denver. "It was an opportunity I couldn't pass up."

The article also mentions the impact the arena's namesake Sid Watson had on the hockey program and that former Bowdoin player Robert White '77, a College trustee, was the lead donor of the project.

Read the Portland Press Herald article.

Read about the dedication ceremony.

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President Mills delivers remarks at the Jan. 18 dedication ceremony while (L. to r.) James MacAllen '66, Jeff Ward and Robert White '77 listen.

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