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October 10, 2010

UMass Lowell gives Tsongas Center a facelift

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Sports will also be featured, including the Atlantic 10 women's basketball championship and the state high-school boys' basketball tournament in March, as well as regional cheerleading competitions and figure-skating exhibitions. Watch for more upcoming events at uml.edu/tsongascenter.

"This is just the start of building a full and diverse schedule of events here at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell through our partnership with our new management company, Global Spectrum," Casey said. "We will be capitalizing on the availability of additional dates with bookings that will appeal to all interests."

Catering will also be available throughout the Tsongas Center, both at scheduled events and for meetings and other occasions. All are being offered by Aramark, which is the new food and beverage provider at the center and recently extended its contract to serve all university dining locations.

UMass Lowell acquired the former Tsongas Arena in February, changing its name and immediately refocusing the venue on hosting more sports, entertainment, events for families, business professionals and more.

After taking over the $24 million facility, UMass Lowell engaged in a first round of renovations that included new exterior signs advertising the facility and directing the public around the city and the university; the addition of 400-foot-long electronic fascia boards, or "ribbons," around the arena's seating area; and interior changes that include new banners and other branding to give the facility a fresh look.

The center also features a new permanent, interactive exhibit on the life and legacy of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Tsongas, for whom the venue is named.

The university has committed up to $5 million in capital improvements to the center, financed through the UMass Building Authority, that includes work on the interior and exterior of the structure and the acquisition of adjacent parking lots to improve access and convenience for visitors to the Tsongas Center.

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