We're 38 Years Old! So Here Are 38 Reasons to Love the DCU Center

We have been entertaining you for nearly four decades! Here's why we think we are still the best.

We're 38 Years Old! So Here Are 38 Reasons to Love the DCU Center

38 years ago this month, on September 2, 1982, the DCU Center Arena opened as the Centrum. It would be a night to look back on, with the legendary Frank Sinatra kicking us off on our nearly four decade long history as Central Massachusetts's favorite entertainment venue. So, in honor of the DCU Center's 38 years in this world, we're giving you 38 reasons to love this great time destination!

 

 

  1. We’re located in the second largest city in New England, also known as the Heart of the Commonwealth 
  2. Our state-of-the-art Convention Center has the largest ballroom in Central Mass. (12,144 sq. ft.)
  3. The DCU Center can handle an event crowd of 10 to 15,000 people
  4. Customer service is our number one, so contact us anytime
  5. From Aerosmith to Luke Combs, we’re always serving you an impressive lineup
  6. The Worcester Railers (ECHL) and Massachusetts Pirates (NAL) call us home
  7. There are multiple hotels (830+ rooms) within walking distance
  8. How about breakfast or lunch? We have an American micro-eatery onsite: Figs & Pigs
  9. We’re within an hour drive of Boston, Springfield, Providence, Hartford, and Manchester, NH
  10. Our events range from sold-out concerts to trade shows to company meetings
  11. We're the creators of Worcester’s Original Craft Beer Festival: Brew Woo, with its fall edition, Brew Woo Harvest Fest, now going on its second season this year (Get tickets HERE)
  12. 9,200 students from 21 schools and institutions became graduates at our Convention Center this year
  13. We're home to Worcester Wares—a Worcester-themed store full of Worcester-centric goods
  14. Anyone can paint the arena’s ice in the winter during Paint the Ice
  15. This is WWE Wrestling country and we're the main battleground  
  16. We're surrounded by eight colleges and universities (Holy Cross, Assumption, Worcester State, MCPHS, Clark, Becker, WPI, QCC)
  17. The bus station and commuter rail into Boston is only a 5-minute walk away
  18. Restaurant Row (Shrewsbury St.), is lined with innovative restaurants, and it leads right to us
  19. We sell a gourmet, one-pound meatball (you read that right!)
  20. We give back to the community as much as we can by supporting our local food pantry, Veterans shelter, fundraising, and in so many other ways
  21. We support and love our local, small businesses and independent artists
  22. For the love of local, craft beer, Wormtown Craft Beer Corner has a permanent place in our arena
  23. We hold the annual Battle of the Badges blood drive, and just this August we yielded 191 pints of blood, saving 573 lives
  24. Our WiFi strength will make you smile
  25. We take your safety very seriously with our exclusive, in-house security operations
  26. In our approx. 15,000 seat arena, there is not a bad seat in the house
  27. Our kid-friendly events make us the perfect family-friendly destination
  28. The arena’s outdoor speakers play all day so you’ll always have a live soundtrack nearby(photo: telegram & gazette)

  29. Our 200ft. mural I LOVE YOU MARRY ME by Berlin street artist Tavar Zawacki gives us all the feels
  30. With two major parking garages and multiple surrounding lots, you’ll always find parking nearby
  31. We have the friendliest Box Office this side of the Mississippi River
  32. Our events can be anything but ordinary, like the Rock & Shock Horror Convention coming in October
  33. We'll always make your proms memorable
  34. We’re open rain or shine
  35. We're covered in floor-to-ceiling windows, meaning we're full of natural, bright light
  36. Our premium seating and suites come with amazing perks like custom catering and private restrooms
  37. We host the best company party you’ve ever been to
  38. Our staff wants what you want: the ultimate DCU Center experience!