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East Newton Street Armory, home to city track meets is taken.


Discussions begin for the new school track facility with the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association (MSTCA)

1962 Representative Harold Rosen of Dedham files first bill calling for Metropolitan District Council (MDC) to construct track facility.
1964 No.395 passes House of Representatives calling for a school track facility at Cleveland Circle.
1966 Boston Architectural firm says $1.3 million school track facility will be ready by 1968.  It will be dedicated as the John A. Ryder Memorial Track named in honor of the late Boston College track coach.
1970 Bill instructing MDC to build a $3 million track facility passes both branches of legislature and is sent to Governor Francis Sargent.
1972 agrees to construct track at Neponset site.
1974 House of Representative, in capital outlay budget, approves $2.3 million for purchase of land at Neponset.  It also approves $3,987,000 for school track facility, park and recreational facilities, bicycle paths, and boat and canoe launchings.
1974 Governor Sargent, calling his announcement a “victory night for the young people of Boston,” says construction of the track facility will begin in March 1975.

On Dec. 30, MDC announces plans for massive athletic complex at Neponset.  Governor Michael Dukakis says, “I remember the debate on this way back in the early 1960’s.  It was needed then and it is needed now, and I’m delighted that after all these years we’re finally going to be able to go ahead with it.”


Unless there is an additional $1.4 million, the school track project could be in danger of falling through.

1977 Neponset residents drop objections to facility because they are promised new MDC hockey rink.

Representative John Finnegan of Dorchester plans to go to court to block construction of a $7.4 million track, accusing Governor Dukakis of “breaking faith” with the legislature and community by directing the legislature to go ahead with the project.

1979 Representative Finnegan, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee introduces an amendment that strikes school track facility from Neponset site.  The amendment is approved.
1980 Finnegan begins discussions with Northeastern University.  With state aid, the University could build a facility that would house the track.
1983 Northeastern students vote by more that 9-1 margin to pay activities fee to help build the athletic complex on campus.  Objections by Redevelopment Authority and MBTA stall project.
1985 Interest in track received, with State Representatives Joe DeNucci and Kevin Fitzgerald spear heading the drive at the Stat House.
1986 Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn gets BRA to approve garage on Parcel 117X.  The track will be located next to the garage.

Governor Dukakis announces plans for track in conjunction with Northeastern University at Parcel 17X on Columbus Avenue.


In November, Governor Dukakis files construction for track.

1988 January 5, 16 minutes before final session of Legislature, $35 million is appropriated for facility.

On July 16, Legislature approves construction of the project by the turnkey method.


Project goes out for bid, but is stalled.


On April 4, project goes out for bid and draws six development teams.

1990 On Nov. 21, State Division of Capital Planning and Operations (DCPO) selects the Beacon Companies/Jung Brenner as the development team.

Agreement with Northeastern finalized.


Governor William Weld indicates he will not authorize construction of track at Northeastern.


Governor Weld and Speaker of the House Charles Flaherty file bill for $17 million track at Roxbury Community College.  Bill passes House and Senate by July and Governor Weld signs it into law.  Three sites are chosen but all are inadequate.

1992 Mayor Flynn and BRA director Paul Barrett sell city Parcel, located at New Dudley and Tremont Streets, to State.  In December, BRA votes to hand over parcels to the state.

Groundbreaking for track


Track completed.

1995 Reggie Lewis Center opened its doors and Northeastern University, under the leadership of head coach Sherman Hart, hosted the first track meet.

Vice President Al Gore visited as a speaker for the HUD conference 

1996  Global Athletics hosted the first Boston Indoor Games 
1997 Reggie Lewis Center Hall of Fame Wall was dedicated to Robert “Bob” McIntyre 
1997 Sensational Seniors Fitness & Wellness Program was established
1998 Hosted the National Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships for the first time.
2000 Hosted the NCAA Division II Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships for the first time 
2000 RCC’s Men’s Basketball team won the Division II NJCAA National Championships under the leadership of Head Coach Malcolm Wynn 
2002 100-year-old Everett Hosack competed in the National Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships 
2003 Hosted USA Track & Field Championships for the first time 
2003 Through Tenacity and USA Tennis, Venus and Serena Williams, former tennis greats Billie Jean King and Zina Garrison, and others visited the “Reggie” and conducted a tennis clinic for hundreds of youths 
2003 Olympic Gold Medalist Justin Gatlin equaled Maurice Green’s meet and facility record in the 55M Dash (6.45 seconds) 
2005 The Reggie’s 10th Anniversary Celebration 
2006 Senator Barack Obama visited the Reggie Lewis Center to lead a rally for Candidate Deval Patrick 
09'-10' RCC’s Nia Howard was named to the National Junior College Track & Field Coaches Association All-Academic Team. She was also the first of two national champions in the Long Jump and she became RCC’s first national champion in track and field. Nia later accepted a full athletic scholarship to Northeastern University. 
2011 Congressman John Lewis, civil rights activist, visited the “Reggie
2013 Dr. Valerie Roberson appointed President of RCC 
2013 RCC’s 40th Anniversary Celebration