Sidney J. Watson Arena

Click the photos below to view progress on the construction of Bowdoin's new Sidney J. Watson Ice Arena. Construction began in the fall semester of 2007 and is expected to be completed by the winter of 2008.

The ice arena is adjacent to Farley Field House and will have a seating capacity of 1,900. When completed, it will boast the best and most energy-efficient refrigeration and dehumidification systems, seating design and home team accommodations of any Division III collegiate arena.

The new ice arena will be 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 June 2007 Bowdoin registered the Watson Arena as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building project. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) created LEED as a rating system for green building. The ice arena project anticipates receiving credits for practices including:

  • Heavy use of recycled content in building materials
  • Extensive stormwater management plan
  • Recycling a large amount of construction site materials
  • Water-efficient fixtures in restrooms and locker rooms
  • Excellent indoor air quality (for building occupancy and during construction)
  • The most energy-efficient refrigeration system available

Support the new arena - contact Margaret Broaddus for information on naming opportunities. Email

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Watson Arena Construction Slideshow

February 19, 2008

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December 19, 2007

Drawings & Floor Plans

Main Level Floor Plan [.pdf] Mezzanine Level Floor Plan [.pdf]