The announcement that a new Arena is to be erected on the site of the old one should be received with enthusiasm. Hockey in 1918 suffered greatly through the lack of a rink, and it was not until the completion of the Pavilion this last season that regular daily practice could be held. The Pavilion met an urgent need, but in the early part of the season the team was handicapped by having to change to the six-man game; and in addition, the seating capacity was very small.
The new Arena, with a capacity for five thousand spectators and a playing surface larger than the Charlesbank rink, is welcomed as the remedy for these conditions. Not only will the new building be valuable to the University hockey team, but it will be adaptable to other uses as well. The pipes containing the freezing mixture are to be laid just under the surface of a composition concrete floor, so that by conducting steam through them, in a short space of time the floor may be prepared for an indoor track meet. It may be used also for other events, the Yale wrestling match or the finals of the University boxing tournament. The new Arena will aid Boston materially in maintaining her prestige as the center of American sport; it will be of great benefit in the further development of Harvard athletics.