DCU Center Time Capsule

  • September 2, 1982

    Arena opens as the Centrum in Worcester with the legendary Frank Sinatra.

  • February 10-12, 1983

    Neil Diamond’s February concerts were the first of his record-setting 21 performances at the DCU Center.

  • June 28, 1983

    U2’s First Arena Show in US

  • August 13-24, 1987

    The band, Boston’s 9 shows becomes facility record for Highest Attended Multi-Day Event (104,209)

  • December 1989

    • Arena Seating Expansion & Facade Upgrade Unveiled
    • 1989 Debut of New England Blazers, Major Indoor Lacrosse League (MILL) 
    • 1989 Debut of Worcester Counts, World Basketball League (WBL)
  • February 1994

    • 10 Millionth person attends an event at DCU Center (Monster Trucks)
    • 1994 Debut of Massachusetts Marauders, Arena Football League (AFL)
  • October 1994

    Debut of Worcester IceCats (American Hockey League) 

  • September 1997

    • Convention Center Opens
    • An Adidas television commercial filmed at the facility in 1997
  • December 9, 1999

    Worcester’s 6 Fire Fighter's Memorial Service

  • October 2004

    The City-owned Arena & Convention Center enters a naming rights agreement with DCU- Digital Federal Credit Union, officially changing the facility’s name from Worcester Centrum Centre to the DCU Center

  • June 2001

    Arena Seating Replacement Project Completed

  • October 2006

    • Facility installs innovative curtaining system allowing flexible seating capacities from 5,000-14,000
    • Debut of the Worcester Sharks (AHL) 
    • DCU Center was ranked as the #7 highest grossing arena in the United States by Billboard Magazine and ranked #44 for number of tickets sold by arenas in the US by Pollstar Magazine
  • January 2007

    • Nobel Prize Gala honoring Craig C. Mello, PhD
    • Debut of the New England Surge (CIFL)
  • December 2009

    SAVOR…Catering by SMG caters a record-breaking breakfast for 5,000 people (10,240 eggs, 14,000 slices of bacon and 300 gallons of coffee was prepared)

  • March 2012

    • DCU Center breaks record for most NCAA hockey tournament games by any arena
    • The DCU Center basketball court was featured in an AT&T commercial in 2012 for March Madness/NCAA Basketball
  • September 2012

    Arena celebrates 30 year anniversary while the Convention Center celebrates 15 year anniversary

  • October 2013

    31.5M Renovation Complete with record-breaking revenue for the month of October

  • June 2014

    President Barack Obama delivers Commencement Speech to Worcester Technical High School Graduating Class of 2014.

  • August 2015

    Worcester Wares Opens

  • December 2015

    Figs & Pigs Kitchen + Pantry Opens

  • October 2017

    Worcester Railers HC play inaugural game in front of sellout crowd

  • November 2017

    DCU Center announces the return of Arena Football with the Massachusetts Pirates

  • October 2019

    ASM Global was formed from the merger of AEG Facilities, the global innovator in live entertainment venues, and SMG—the gold standard in event management.

  • December 2019

    It became official on Friday, December 6th, that the main entrance of the DCU Center would be known as the Fallon Health Pavilion.

  • April 2020

    The DCU Center transforms into the UMASS Memorial Field Hospital in weight of the Coronovirus Pandemic. All events were cancelled until further notice, and the DCU Center served the community needs for a Field Hospital until April of 2021.