The Sidney J. Watson ice arena opened on January 18, 2009 and is
adjacent to Farley Field House. In addition to a seating capacity
of 1,900 and standing room for several hundred more, it boasts the
best and most energy-efficient refrigeration and dehumidification
systems, seating design and home team accommodations of any
Division III collegiate arena.
The ice arena is named in honor of Bowdoin icon Sid Watson, Ashmead White Director of Athletics Emeritus. An immortal in the world of collegiate hockey, Watson guided the Bowdoin hockey program to extraordinary heights during his career behind the bench. A native of Andover, Mass., Watson retired from the College in 1998. He passed away in April 2004 at the age of 71.
In the summer of 2009, Watson Arena became the first newly constructed ice arena in the United States to earn coveted LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).