Thunderbird Sports Centre
|UBC Thunderbird Arena|
|Location||University Endowment Lands,|
|Broke ground||April 2006|
|Opened||July 7, 2008|
|Construction cost||$47.8 million Canadian|
|Former names||UBC Winter Sports Centre|
|Tenants||UBC Thunderbirds (CWUAA)|
(2008–present), 2010 Olympics
|Capacity||Ice hockey: 6,800|
The Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre (formerly UBC Winter Sports Centre, also known as UBC Thunderbird Arena) is an indoor arena in Canada, on the campus of the University of British Columbia. Located in the University Endowment Lands, it is just outside the city limits of Vancouver, British Columbia. The arena is home to the UBC Thunderbirds men's and women's ice hockey teams, and contains one international-size 61 m × 30 m (200 ft × 98.4 ft) ice rink.
The facility was built around an older hockey facility, the historic Father Bauer Arena, which opened in October 1963. This was named after the late Rev. Father David Bauer, who together with Bob Hindmarch established Canada’s first national hockey team at UBC in 1963 in preparation for the 1964 Winter Olympics. The UBC Thunderbird Arena replaced the Father Bauer Arena as the home of the UBC Thunderbirds ice hockey team.
The main ice rink has 5,033 permanent seats, another 1,800 temporary seats will be installed for the games and for events like concerts the capacity can be extended up to 7,500 people. The other rinks are Father Bauer Arena and Rink C with spectator capacities of 980 and 200, respectively.
Construction began in April 2006 with the refurbishment of the Father Bauer Arena and the addition of a new practice arena. The new stadium arena was opened on July 7, 2008. On August 21, 2009, the Thunderbird Sports Centre was renamed Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre in honour of Doug Mitchell, an UBC alumnus, lawyer, and amateur and professional sports leader.
2010 Vancouver Olympics[edit | edit source]