Nov. 23, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College Athletics Director Bob Driscoll announced on Monday, November 23 that the College has signed a five-year contract extension with the Dunkin' Donuts Center, which will remain the home of the Friar men's basketball team through the 2014 season. The Dunkin' Donuts Center opened in 1972 and has served as the home court for the Friars as they have compiled a 453-183 mark over the last 38 seasons.
"Providence College men's basketball and the Dunkin' Donuts Center are a part of the history and tradition of Rhode Island," Driscoll said. "Over the last 38 years, more than five million fans have watched our men's basketball team compete in the Dunk. I am excited that this relationship will continue and our team will have the opportunity to play in one of the finest college basketball facilities in the country. The leadership of James McCarvill, Executive Director of the RI Convention Center Authority, and Lawrence Lepore, General Manager of the Dunkin' Donuts Center, has helped pave the way for us to extend this relationship through 2014."
In September 2008, work was completed on an $80 million renovation of the facility, which included a new lobby and expanded concourse, new seats, 20 luxury suites, a state-of-the-art video scoreboard, updated concession stands and new locker rooms. The Dunkin' Donuts Center, which holds more than 12,000 basketball fans, is truly a top-notch entertainment venue.
"We are very proud and excited to solidify, once again, our relationship with Providence College," Lepore said. "We look forward to being a part of what I am sure will be a bright and successful future for the Friars here at the Dunk."