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Demolition of Dayton Arena Underway

Story posted June 02, 2009

Crews have begun the demolition of Dayton Arena. Once it has been taken down, a temporary parking area for faculty and staff will be constructed at the site.

Demolition work may occasionally impact existing parking and driveways surrounding the site.

An article in the January 16, 2009, edition of the Portland Press Herald pays tribute to Dayton and the role it has played in collegiate hockey.

Supporting Bowdoin Hockey's Early Foundations

The cornerstone from Dayton Arena, which was laid in June 1956 and removed in November 2008, is now part of a pedestal in the new Sidney J. Watson Arena lobby that displays another piece of Bowdoin Hockey history — the Zamboni Ice Re-Surfacer 400, affectionately dubbed "The Monster."

Read about the removal of the Dayton cornerstone and the time capsule it contained.

"It was hockey. For me, for a lot of people," said Secretary of Development and College Relations and former goalie John Cross '76 in the article.

"It's where all the magic happened. Where the enthusiasm got kindled."

The article highlights fond memories and traces the rink's origins, noting that students raised $6,000 to start a fund to build it, and that alumni took care of the remainder of more than $100,000.

"Having an arena on campus at that time in history was still relatively rare," said men's hockey coach Terry Meagher in the piece.

"There were good seating angles, the right noise and intimacy. All the stars lined up and it became a legendary building."

The article includes a timeline that looks back at Dayton Arena through the years, beginning with its debut game on December 5, 1956.

Read the Portland Press Herald article.

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