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First Arena
"Gongshow Station"
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Location 155 North Main St. Elmira, NY
Opened November 11, 2000
Owner Brian Barrett
Construction cost 16 Million USD (1999) (23.8 Million USD Adjusted)
Architect Lauridon Sports Management
Former names Coach USA Center (2000-2004)
Tenants Elmira Jackals (UHL) (2000-2007)
Elmira Jackals (ECHL) (2007-2017)
Elmira Jr. "A" Jackals (ukn) (2007-2007)
Elmira Jr. "B" Jackals (Empire Jr. Hockey League) (2008-2017)
Elmira Bulldogs (EBA) (2010)

Elmira Enforcers (Federal Prospects Hockey League) (2018-present)
Elmira Jr. Enforcers (United States Premier Hockey League) (2020-present)

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 was home to the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL, and is now home to the Elmira Enforcers of the FPHL and the Elmira Jr. Enforcers of the USPHL. It is located on the corner of W. Gray Street and N. Main Street.

The city of Elmira and Chemung County voted against splitting the $750,000 cost of replacing the ice plant for the arena. Ownership of the arena was sold in 2017 to Brian Barrett, who received the contract to the arena, but not to the Jackals. The team folded and ceased operations. In 2018, Robbie Nichols, a former professional player, announced the creation of a new professional team in Elmira, playing in the Federal Hockey League(FHL), later named the Federal Prospects Hockey League(FPHL). The Elmira Enforcers played their first game in the year 2018, and made it to the championship in their inaugural season.

Junior Hockey[]

First Arena is also home to the Elmira Junior Enforcers, playing in the Premier Mid-Atlantic division of the United States Premier Hockey League(USPHL)

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