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Harold Alfond Sports Arena
"The Alfond"
Location College Ave
Orono, Maine 04473
Owner University of Maine
Operator University of Maine
Capacity 5,712 (basketball)
5,043 (hockey)
Surface 200 x 85 ft (hockey)
Broke ground 1976
Opened February 5, 1977
Expanded 1991, 1998, 2011
Construction cost $1.6 million
($5.63 million in 2018 dollars2018)
Architect Daniel Tulley Associates
Maine Black Bears men's and women's ice hockey

Alfond Arena is a 5,124-seat multi-purpose arena in Orono, Maine, United States. The arena opened in 1977. It is home to the University of Maine Black Bears ice hockey teams. It is recognizable for its distinctive hyperbolic paraboloid architecture. The multi-angular roof design can also be found at Pavilion at Villanova University, the Brown University Smith Swim Center and the Flynn Recreation Complex at Boston College. It was expanded from its original capacity of 3,800 in 1992 in order to accommodate more spectators and bring the basketball team back from its temporary home at the Bangor Auditorium. More skyboxes have been added since then, so the arena's capacity has been reduced. A new scoreboard was installed during the summer of 2008. It is named for Harold Alfond, a longtime Maine booster, whose name also adorns Alfond Stadium, the school's main outdoor stadium.

The Grateful Dead played Alfond on April 19, 1983. Scott Hamilton's Stars on Ice opened in Alfond Arena in 1986 date=May 2007}}. Hillary Clinton appeared at the arena in 1994. It takes two hours to make the transition from basketball to hockey, and about 2¬Ĺ from hockey to basketball. New, energy-efficient lighting was installed in late 2006 because of previous power outages and too much electricity consumption. A new basketball floor was purchased in late 2009 to replace the original floor first used in 1992. A $4.8 million renovation project began in May 2011. The renovation included a new ice system along with dehumidifier equipment, new dasher boards and glass, and new lower-level seating.

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