The Dunkin' Donuts Center, formerly known as the Providence Civic Center, became a reality on November 3, 1972 when the Rhode Island Reds played Tidewater in an American Hockey League contest. Since that time, millions of sports, music and trade fans have walked through the turnstiles in what many consider to be one of the finest civic centers in the country.
The Dunkin' Donuts Center serves as the home court of the Providence College men's basketball team. The Friar women's basketball team also makes an occasional appearance for a home game at the venue.
The Dunkin' Donuts Center has seen the world's top entertainment acts visit Providence: The Boston Pops, Lawrence Welk, Ice Capades, Barnum and Bailey Circus, Moscow Circus, Ringling Brothers Circus, ABC Wide World of Sports, World Heavyweight Boxing, Harlem Globetrotters, Disney on Ice, Elvis Presley, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Julio Iglesias, Elton John, Whitney Houston, Gloria Estefan, Bobby Brown, Kenny Rogers, Van Halen, Aerosmith, The Bee Gees, Lionel Richie, Neil Diamond, Fleetwood Mac, Diana Ross, U2, Britney Spears and Bruce Springsteen to name a few of the hundreds of entertainers and acts that have played the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
The Dunkin' Donuts Center also serves as the home of the Providence Bruins, the AHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins.
In the spring of 2006, the facility began extensive renovations that were completed in the fall of 2008. The Dunkin' Donuts Center continues to be one of the nation's premier complexes, seating almost 13,000 fans. The $80 million project enhanced almost every aspect of the arena and included luxury boxes, new seats, a new video scoreboard and sound system, new concession stands, new locker rooms and a new weight training and fitness area. The renovations ensure that the Friars will continue to play in one of the top college basketball facilities in the country.