The Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, opened and dedicated on January 27, 1998, proudly bears the name of the late U.S. Sen. Paul E. Tsongas, a Lowell native. The Tsongas Center is one of Massachusetts' finest venues providing quality entertainment for all ages. It is home to the NCAA Division I UMass Lowell River Hawks hockey team, and in addition to exciting hockey action, the Center hosts concerts, family shows, sporting events, tradeshows and conferences. The Tsongas Center features a beautifully landscaped outdoor area, a spacious lobby, and function rooms overlooking the Merrimack River. It boasts a state-of-the-art video board, 500 feet of LED signage, and a brand new sound system, making it the perfect venue for a variety of events, from business meetings to major shows.