DCU Center (originally Centrum in Worcester, formerly Worcester's
Centrum Centre and commonly Worcester Centrum) is an indoor arena and
convention center complex in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts.
The facility hosts a variety of events, including concerts, sporting
events, family shows, conventions, trade-shows and meetings. It is
owned by the City of Worcester and managed by SMG, a private
management firm for public assembly facilities.
The naming rights were purchased in 2004 by Digital Federal Credit
Union (DCU) and went into effect January 2005.
2 Notable events
3 Other events
4 Expansion, convention center
7 External links
The Centrum, or officially Centrum in Worcester as it was then known,
opened in September 1982 after years of construction delays, with a
capacity of roughly 12,000. The opening event was a Frank Sinatra
concert. The arena was expanded to 14,800 seats in 1989 with the
addition of the 300-level balconies. The convention center addition
was completed along with a renovation of arena infrastructure in
1997. This upgrade resulted in the facility's name change to
Worcester's Centrum Centre. The venue received further updates with
the DCU naming rights purchase, including new signage both inside and
outside the facility, and a new center-hung video scoreboard for the
Previously,[when?] the arena was managed by Rich Kreswick, who
afterward spent a brief time at the FleetCenter (Boston), and in the
mid-1990s, the general manager position transferred to Sandy Dunn, who
is one of few women to manage an arena venue, and the
DCU Center is
one of the most stable of SMG's assets.
View of the
DCU Center during the inaugural
New England Surge
New England Surge game in
The arena is home to the
Worcester Railers hockey team which began
play in 2017 as a member of the ECHL. The arena was formerly home to
American Hockey League
American Hockey League (AHL) team, owned and
operated by its NHL affiliate San Jose Sharks, which moved its farm
team to the west coast in 2015. Prior to this, the venue was home to
the Worcester IceCats, also of the AHL.
New England Surge
New England Surge of the
Continental Indoor Football League
Continental Indoor Football League also
called the Center home for two seasons, but after the 2008 season the
team ceased all operations. They were the second indoor football team
to do so, after the
Massachusetts Marauders of the AFL.
teams use the arena as an occasional home venue for pre-season games.
Worcester has been host to the
Boston Celtics every few years.
College of the Holy Cross
College of the Holy Cross uses the facility as an alternate
location for anticipated larger attendance home games for men's
basketball and men's ice hockey.
The arena also hosted the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic on January 29,
2009. The PlanetUSA All stars defeated Team Canada, 14–11, in the
highest-scoring AHL All Star game in history.
During the 1980s, the arena became a stop for touring musical acts.
Boston Garden had poor acoustics and lacked air conditioning,
prompting promoters to schedule
Boston area shows at the arena. This
practice continues today as the arena is seen[by whom?] as an
alternative to the larger TD Garden. The arena also plays host to a
variety of entertainment events, including Professional Bull Riding,
Stars on Ice, Monster Trucks and more.
On February 11, 1983,
Marvelous Marvin Hagler
Marvelous Marvin Hagler retained his WBC, WBA
and The Ring
Middleweight titles against English boxer
Tony Sibson at
the arena. It was Hagler's 60th professional fight and his 56th win
overall. The fight was the only time Hagler fought at the arena and
was the last of 36 he fought in the state of Massachusetts.
From August 13 to August 24, 1987, in an effort to thank their local
fans for years of support and allow wide availability of tickets,
Boston played an unprecedented nine-show run on their Third Stage
tour. Starting with a three-night booking, as each show neared selling
out another night was added. This successful, well-reviewed[citation
needed] tour stop prompted a good-natured ad parody on rock radio
station WBCN, "Now appearing at the Centrum,
Boston on Ice!", a
reference to themed ice shows.
January 27, 1988 Kiss filmed a music video for the song Turn On The
Night in the stadium. Video was directed by Marty Callner. "Turn On
the Night" only charted in the UK, where it reached #41.
The arena played host to what some fans consider to be the greatest
two-night stand in the history of The Dave Matthews Band,[citation
needed] in December 1998. Fresh off their May release of Before These
Crowded Streets, they played some of the most inspired and diverse
concerts in their history. Bela Fleck and the
Flecktones joined DMB for these shows opening both nights and even
sitting in on much of sets for both nights.
The venue has hosted 16 concerts of the band Phish. On December 31,
1993, they played their first concert at the Centrum, complete with a
stage decorated like an aquarium (featured for the 1993 New Years
run). Footage from this show was featured in the band's only official
music video, "Down with Disease", whose jam debuted that night. On
November 29, 1997,
Phish played their longest song in band history, a
58-minute version of "Runaway Jim". The concert performed nearly a
year later, on November 27, 1998, was later released as a live album,
Phish Volume 6. On December 27–28, 2010, they returned
for a pair of concerts, the group's 11th and 12th appearances at the
venue and its first public performances there in over seven years,
performing one of the most well received renditions
of "Harry Hood" since reuniting in 2009.
The arena played host to The
Up in Smoke Tour
Up in Smoke Tour on July 20–21, 2000.
The show featured many famous rappers and hip hop artists, including
Ice Cube, Eminem, Proof, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Kurupt, D12,
MC Ren, Westside Connection, Mel-Man, Tha Eastsidaz, Doggy's Angels,
Devin The Dude, Warren G, TQ, Truth Hurts,
Xzibit and The D.O.C. The
July 20 show was filmed and later released as a live DVD.[citation
The arena played host to The
Tattoo the Earth Tour on October 5–7,
2001, and October 12–14, 2002. The show featured performances by
Slipknot, Slayer, Sevendust, Sepultura, Hed PE, Mudvayne, downset.,
Hatebreed, Full Devil Jacket, Famous, Amen, U.P.O., Nothingface, PPM,
Cold, Relative Ash, Systematic, Six Feet Under, Candiria, Lamb of God,
God Forbid, Darkest Hour, Unearth, All That Remains, Dropkick Murphys,
Sick of It All, Tiger Army, Converge, The Unseen, Reach the Sky,
Stretch Arm Strong,
Kill Your Idols and Nashville Pussy. It also
featured 42 tattoo artists from Australia, Austria, France, Germany,
Malaysia, Manitoba, Spain, Switzerland and the US.
Aerosmith have performed at the
DCU Center 13 times
over the course of their career, including a few New Year's Eve
The arena features annual appearances of the top family shows
including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Sesame Street
Live, Disney on Ice,
Harlem Globetrotters and The Wiggles, among
Professional Bull Riders
Professional Bull Riders (PBR) has hosted a Built Ford Tough
Series bull riding event at the arena every year from the event's
inception in 1998. The
Built Ford Tough Series
Built Ford Tough Series was known as the
Bud Light Cup until the 2002 season.
On December 28, 1998, Mick Foley, performing under the name Mankind,
won his first
WWE Championship in a television taping of Monday Night
Raw at the Worcester Centrum Centre, defeating The Rock.[citation
On April 27, 2003,
WWE Backlash came to the DCU Center.
On July 12, 2005, it was the host of the July 14, 2005 taping of
On November 2, 2009, it was the host of
WWE Raw for the first time in
nine years.
On January 29–30, 2011, the
Massachusetts International 28th Auto
Show was held at the arena.
For the first time since its inception, TNA Wrestling debuted at the
DCU Center on January 20, 2012.
On January 14, 2014, it was the host of the January 17 taping of
On June 11, 2014,
Worcester Technical High School
Worcester Technical High School held their
graduation at the DCU Center, notable for the commencement address by
President Barack Obama. 
On November 18, 2015, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump
held a rally at the
DCU Center for a campaign stop. Secret Service
agents screened attendees before the event. A crowd of over 10,000 in
It was the host of
WWE SmackDown when it went live on July 19, 2016,
an episode featuring WWE's second ever brand extension draft.[citation
Expansion, convention center
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1997 Convention Center addition
The facility expanded in 1997 with the opening of an attached
convention center that features panoramic views of downtown Worcester.
The complex added 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) of exhibit space,
11 meeting rooms, a 12,144-square-foot (1,128.2 m2) ballroom (the
largest in Central Massachusetts) and a kitchen. The facility's
100,000-plus square feet of exhibit space is filled by consumer shows,
trade shows, conventions, conferences, and other public and private
functions year-round. An additional headquarters hotel for the
facility, the Hilton Garden, opened in October 2006, doubling the
number of rooms previously available in the facility's other
headquarters hotel, the former Crowne Plaza that closed in 2009.
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reflect recent events or newly available information. (January 2017)
Foster Street façade before 2012 renovation
It was announced on June 3, 2009, that the
DCU Center would undergo a
series of major renovations, starting in June 2009. There were to be
three or four phases to the renovations, and to avoid delays and
conflict, work was to be done only in the summer months, so it would
not interfere with the
Worcester Sharks AHL season which begins in
October. Work on the arena was expected to last three to four summers,
thus making a completion date of sometime during the summer of 2011 or
Some of the major improvements mentioned for the summer 2009 phase are
a new electrical system, new ice chillers, and a completely new ice
floor all of which are original to the arena which opened in 1982.
Other improvements to the arena during phase 1 will include a new
dasher board system and a new seamless glass system, which are often
found in new arenas.
Other improvements slated for future phases include, but are not
limited to, an improved concourse, improved concessions, new and
improved restrooms and the addition of suites and club seats. There
are several other things that will be worked on, but have not been
finalized yet by the City of Worcester and SMG.
During the summer of 2012, phase 2 of the renovations took place.
These included a new glass wall on the Foster Street side of the
building; major improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling
systems; upgrades to restrooms and concessions; and a new
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