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February 16, 2023

North Berwick's Hussey Seating chosen for $7M Mass. arena project

Courtesy / Hussey Seating Co. Hussey Seating Co., a family owned business, is based in North Berwick.

The city of Worcester, Mass., has chosen Hussey Seating Co. of North Berwick to replace all of the arena seating at the DCU Center, an indoor arena and convention center complex in downtown Worcester.  

Hussey Seating will replace 12,000 seats throughout the arena over a five-month period centered around this summer. An additional 3,000 floor chairs will be bid out in the future, according to a press release from DCU Center management. 

Hussey has been in business since 1835, with a history of manufacturing everything from long-furrowed plows to fire escapes and ski lifts in the early 1900s, all the way to spectator seating since 1960.

Courtesy / Hussey Seating Co.
A sample of Hussey Seating Co.'s arena seating.

The Worcester project will cost approximately $7 million. The new, padded seats in the lower 100-level will be blue in honor of the Worcester Railers hockey team’s colors. The upper-level seating will be black.

Movie and television productions have encouraged darker colors as a preferred backdrop to their productions. This change is likely to increase the number of production companies considering the venue in the future, according to the DCU release.

City taxpayers will not be paying for the project as all capital improvements to the facility are funded by a special taxing district around the arena, which gets money through net new state hotel, meals and sales tax revenues from certain establishments in the city, the release said.

In addition to seating, the DCU Center will be adding enhanced rigging, a new sound system, new convention center ballroom chairs, and enhanced cellular service within the facility. Some of these projects will take place during the summer and others during the upcoming season.

“Over the last 40 years, countless memories have been made at the DCU Center, and we take great pride that the city continues to invest in the facility and that we are continually improving the overall experience for the fans,” DCU Center General Manager Sandy Dunn said. “These improvements are a direct result of our ongoing fan surveys and feedback from our clients and partners.”

ASM Global has offices around the world. Its North American headquarters is in Los Angeles.

Timothy Doyle is a staff writer for the Worcester Business Journal, the Massachusetts-based sister paper of Mainebiz.

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