First Arena
Home of Your Elmira Jackals
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Location 155 North Main St. Elmira, NY
Opened November 11, 2000
Owner Afr Enterprises
Operator Afr Enterprises
Construction cost UKN.
Architect UKN.
Former names Coach USA Center (2000-2004)
Tenants Elmira Jackals (UHL) (2000-2007)
Elmira Jackals (ECHL) (2007-present)
Elmira Jr. "A" Jackals (ukn) (2007-2007)
Elmira Jr. "B" Jackals (Empire Jr. Hockey League) (2008-present)
Elmira Bulldogs (EBA) (2010)
Capacity 3,784

The First Arena is a 3,784-seat multi-purpose facility that features two ice surfaces, a full service restaurant and bar, a food service center for the recreational rink, video game arcade, 31 luxury suites, party/group outing facilities, and meeting/community rooms among other amenities. located in downtown Elmira, New York. The arena opened in 2000 as the Coach USA Center which changed names to the First Arena in 2004. It is home to the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL. It is located on the corner of W. Gray Street and N. Main Street.

The city of Elmira and Chemung County voted against spliting the $750,000 cost of replacing the ice plant for the arena.  The ownership of the arena has been trying to sell the arena and was hoping to split the cost in order to facilitate the sale.  The arena could possibly go dark after the 2016-17 hockey season if either the financing for the ice plant or the sale of the arena does not come to fruition.

Sports[edit | edit source]

The First Arena, has hosted many different sporting events since its opening in November 2000. The First Arena is most likely known for the Elmira Jackals who compete in the ECHL and formerly the United Hockey League. First Arena has also hosted many other sporting events such as basketball, wrestling and X-treme Ice Racing.

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