The Dunkin’ Donuts Center (originally Providence Civic Center) is an indoor arena located in downtown Providence, Rhode Island.
It was built in 1972, as a home court for the emerging Providence College men’s basketball program, due to the high demand for tickets to their games in Alumni Hall, as well as for a home arena for the then-Providence Reds, who played in the nearly 50-year-old Rhode Island Auditorium.
Current tenants include the Providence Bruins, of the AHL and the Providence College men’s basketball team.
The 14,000-seat DDC offers 31,000 square feet of arena space with a ceiling height of 86 feet, a 25,000-square-foot concourse, a 9,000-square-foot lobby, 20 luxury suites, and five additional meeting/hospitality rooms. There are 5,500 hotel rooms in the Greater Providence area—1,800 located within walking distance of the Center.
Ellerbe Becket, an AECOM Company, renovated this arena, which it originally designed in the 1970s – now affectionately known as “The Dunk” – to attract larger regional and national events. Davis Langdon, an AECOM company, provided cost management and value engineering services on the project.
The facelift includes a new entry plaza, seating, concession stands, scoreboard, locker rooms and a pedestrian connection to the adjoining convention center.
As a result of this renovation, the Center has been awarded the first and second rounds of the 2010 Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.
The arena has long been a regular stop on WWE tours. It was the site of WWF King of the Ring tournaments four times: from 1987 to 1991, before the event became a pay-per-view, and once after in 1997.
In 1994, it hosted the Royal Rumble. On April 25, 1999, the arena was home to the first WWF Backlash pay-per-view event, and the 2009 edition of the event (the last until 2016) was held there ten years to the day. In December 2005 the arena hosted WWE Armageddon.
The January 13, 2014 edition of WWE Raw was filmed at the arena. WWE Smackdown filmed two shows at the arena in 2015, on April 21 and August 25.
The SmackDown portion of the 2018 WWE Superstar Shake-Up was held at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, while the Raw portion was held at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut.
On October 22, 2018, Roman Reigns revealed his leukemia diagnosis during a Raw show held at the arena.
In November 2015, the Rhode Island Comic Con expanded into the arena from the adjacent Rhode Island Convention Center, where it had been held since it began in 2012. It has been held in both buildings ever since.
The arena was used by Hasbro to host its first-ever HasCon in September 2017.