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The Ridge Arena was an indoor arena located on West Street in Braintree, Massachusetts. The arena opened in 1965 and served as the home of the Braintree Hawks of the New England Hockey League from 1968 to 1973.  The arena would be converted into a racquetball club in 1979 and later to a function hall and fitness club. It would be torn down in 2004. An apartment development now occupies the location.

The arena was noted for hosting a concert on November 11, 1968 which featured two future members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Janis Joplin played as a member of Big Brother and the Holding Company and Paul Butterfield performed with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Sources

Patriot Ledger article on arena from November 7, 2018

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