George V. Meehan Auditorium
Meehan Auditorium, originally built by Gilbane Construction through a generous donation by the late George V. Meehan in 1961, underwent its first major renovation in more than 40 years during the summer of 2002. The project added four new visiting locker rooms along with an enlarged and reconfigured lobby that includes new ticket booths and concession areas underneath the south stands. The current Brown varsity locker room complex under the north stands was completely redesigned to provide more expansive accommodations for both our men's and women's teams, including a modern athletic training facility. The renovations added a Brown Hockey Association Room, now known as the Davis Lounge, that overlooks the West-end goal.
The rink itself was significantly enhanced with new NHL dasher boards and glass panels, improved lighting, the installation of new insulated windows and the painting of the interior dome.
Additionally, the BHA created two new picture galleries in Meehan Auditorium to provide greater visibility and appreciation of Brown's hockey heritage. The team pictures from 1897 to date, which were formerly displayed in the BHA Room, have been enlarged, matted and individually framed, with the members of each team identified on their respective photo. The pictures have been mounted on the East end of the arena and Mrs. Dorothy Cohn dedicated the gallery in memory of her late husband, Eugene '44, prior to the opening home game of the 1999-2000 season. The photographs of those individuals who have been inducted into the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame in recognition of their accomplishments in ice hockey have been moved from the foyer of the varsity locker room to a more prominent location on the West end of the arena.
The $4.3 million project was made possible through the generosity of Brown alumni, parents and friends. Those benefactors, in particular the Pollard Family for their lead gift of $1 million, were recognized on March 1, 2003, before the Brown men's game against Clarkson. In recognition of this wonderful commitment, from this point forward the Brown hockey rink will be known as "Pollard Family Rink in Meehan Auditorium."