History

The Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island opened as the Providence Civic Center in 1972 and is the home of the Providence Friars men’s basketball team. The arena seats 12,400 for basketball games and costs $13 million to build.

In 2005, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center underwent an $80 million renovation. The renovation expanded the lobby and concourse and enclosed the bridge connecting the arena to the Rhode Island Convention Center. It also added a new LED video board, 20 luxury suites, a restaurant, and new seats.

In addition to being the home of the Providence Friars men’s basketball team, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center has hosted many other events over the years. The venue was the site of NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament games in 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1989, 1996, 2010, and 2016. It also hosted the 1978-, 1980-, 1982-, 1986-, 1995-, and 2000-NCAA Frozen Four. Outside of college athletics, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center was the home of the AHL’s Providence Reds from 1972 to 1977 and is the current home of the AHL’s Providence Bruins.

Historic Events