- Conte Forum
Conte Forum Conte, Kelley Rink Location Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 Broke ground 1986 Opened October 1988 Owner Boston College Operator Boston College Surface Multi-surface Construction cost $25 million
($46.4 million in 2011 dollars)
Architect Sasaki Associates Capacity 7,884 (hockey)
Field dimensions 200' x 87' (hockey) Tenants Boston College Eagles
(basketball and hockey)
The Silvio O. Conte Forum, commonly known as Conte Forum, Kelley Rink (for ice hockey games), or simply Conte, is an 8,606-seat multi-purpose arena which opened in 1988 on the campus of Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts that lies within the Brighton neighborhood of Boston. Conte Forum is home to the Boston College Eagles men's and women's basketball and ice hockey teams as well as the Boston College Marching Band.
Conte Forum is named for former United States congressman Silvio O. Conte, an alumnus of Boston College and Boston College Law School. The ice rink is named in honor of long-time BC hockey coach John "Snooks" Kelley. The entire arena is traditionally called "Kelley Rink" for ice hockey games.
Before the arena opened in 1988, the BC basketball teams played their home games in Roberts Center to the immediate southwest of Alumni Stadium, on the site of the present-day Merkert Chemistry Center. The Eagles hockey teams played at McHugh Forum which was positioned parallel to Alumni Stadium. Conte Forum was built on the site of McHugh Forum, and is situated perpendicular to the football stadium. The arena is directly adjacent to Alumni, with some luxury boxes overlooking both the football field and arena floors.
Conte Forum seats 8,606 spectators in its basketball configuration and 7,884 when set up for hockey. The facility also houses 950-seat Power Gym which is used for BC volleyball games and as an auxiliary basketball court.
As the largest indoor venue on the BC campus, Conte Forum hosts larger university-related events including conferences and debates. It is the site of the annual "Pops-on-the-Heights" during the annual Parents' Weekend in the fall, a gala concert featuring the Boston Pops Orchestra which raises over $1.5 million for BC's academic scholarship fund. In the event of inclement weather, Conte Forum also hosts the university's commencement exercises.
Since 2008, Conte Forum has also hosted the Boston College AHANA Leadership Council (ALC) Showdown in the spring, an increasingly-popular dance competition between BC's various dance and cultural organizations. Conte has also hosted numerous concerts, including in recent years Akon, Third Eye Blind, hellogoodbye, The Roots, Kanye West, and The Academy Is, as well as Will Ferrell's Funny or Die Comedy Tour.
Boston College Eagles basketball
1988 – present
Boston College Eagles hockey
1988 – present
Boston College AcademicsConstituent schools & colleges: College of Arts & Sciences · Carroll School of Management · Boston College Law School · Graduate School of Arts & Sciences · Lynch School of Education · Connell School of Nursing · Graduate School of Social Work · School of Theology and Ministry · Woods College of Advancing Studies
Research: Centers & Institutes · Journals & Publications
AthleticsBoston College Eagles (Baseball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Football, Men's Ice Hockey, Women's Ice Hockey, Rugby) · ACC · BC–VT rivalry · The BC Eagle (Baldwin) · Alumni Stadium · Conte Forum · Kelley Rink · Shea Field · Beanpot · Green Line Rivalry · Commonwealth Classic · Holy War · Doug Flutie (Hail Flutie, Flutie Effect) · Scanlan Award · Superfans Campus Student life & traditions People RinksMcHugh Forum · Kelley Rink Championships Retired Jerseys Rivalries Basketball arenas of the Atlantic Coast Conference
Conte Forum (Boston College) • Littlejohn Coliseum (Clemson) • Cameron Indoor Stadium (Duke) • Donald L. Tucker Center (Florida State) • Philips Arena and Arena at Gwinnett Center (Georgia Tech) • Comcast Center (Maryland) • BankUnited Center (Miami) • RBC Center (NC State, men's) • Reynolds Coliseum (NC State, women's) • Dean Smith Center (North Carolina, men's) • Carmichael Arena (North Carolina, women's) • John Paul Jones Arena (Virginia) • Cassell Coliseum (Virginia Tech) • Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Wake Forest)
Hockey East Men
Boston College Eagles (Kelley Rink) • Boston University Terriers (Agganis Arena) • Maine Black Bears (Alfond Arena) • Merrimack Warriors (J. Thom Lawler Arena) • Northeastern Huskies (Matthews Arena) • Providence Friars (Schneider Arena) • UMass Minutemen (Mullins Center) • UMass Lowell River Hawks (Tsongas Center) • New Hampshire Wildcats (Whittemore Center) • Vermont Catamounts (Gutterson Fieldhouse)
Boston College Eagles (Kelley Rink) • Boston University Terriers (Walter Brown Arena) • Connecticut Huskies (Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum) • Maine Black Bears (Alfond Arena) • New Hampshire Wildcats (Whittemore Center) • Northeastern Huskies (Matthews Arena) • Providence Friars (Schneider Arena) • Vermont Catamounts (Gutterson Fieldhouse)
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