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Sports Stadiums In Rhode Island
Rhode Island has big-name football fields and homey neighborhood arenas, all of which showcase spirited athletic play and community events.
Football comes alive at the 20,000-seat Brown Stadium, home of the Brown University football team and which first opened in 1925, and at Meade Stadium, where the University of Rhode Island plays. The University of Rhode Island plays its basketball in Keaney Stadium, a multi-purpose arena with a castle-like façade. McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket can host more than 10,000 who show up each summer for minor league baseball.
Hockey is big in Rhode Island, and some of the best action is at Meehan Auditorium on the grounds of Brown University. The Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence hosts basketball, hockey, and indoor soccer, as well as wrestling and monster truck shows. Squash, volleyball, wrestling, and basketball all take place in the Pizzitola Sports Center at Brown University, and Kingston is home to the 2,500-seat Bradford R. Boss Arana.
Finally, fans of court tennis will find the National Tennis Club in Newport, which is one of the busiest court tennis centers in the nation.
Dunkin' Donuts Center
Part of the Rhode Island Convention & Entertainment Complex, the Dunkin' Donuts Center is located in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. Owned by Rhode Island Convention Center Authority and operated by SMG, the indoor arena boasts a seating capacity for 12,400 sports fans.
In addition to being the home of the AHL Providence Bruins and NCAA Providence Friars, the arena is a go-to venue for high-profile events like the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and even WWE professional wrestling tour stops.
Thomas M. Ryan Center
With a seating capacity for over 7,600 people, the Ryan Center is located in Kingston, Rhode Island, south of Warwick. Named to honor Thomas M. Ryan, the former CEO of CVS whose donations helped construct the facility, the arena is the home of the University of Rhode Island Rams men and women's basketball teams.
Designed by HOK Sport, the building's unique architecture is inspired by Rhode Island's iconic lighthouses and features three instantly-recognizable towers. Besides URI athletics, the arena has hosted a long list of household-name entertainers, from Jay Leno to Jim Gaffigan to Snoop Dogg.