|Kitchener Memorial Auditorium|
|Opened||May 24, 1951|
|Owner||City of Kitchener|
|Tenants||Kitchener Rangers (OHL) (1961-present) |
Kitchener Dutchmen (GOJHL)
|Capacity||6,268 (Ice hockey seated)|
6,900 (with standing)
The Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex is a multi-use sports facility in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The complex is located on East Avenue, near the Ottawa Street interchange on the Conestoga Parkway. The complex includes "The Kitchener Memorial Audiorium" as known as the Dom Cardillo Arena, two smaller community arenas known as the Kinsmen Arena and Kiwanis Arena, the Jack Couch Stadium baseball park, Centennial Stadium (track and field, soccer / football) and a skatepark outside the stadium.
Kitchener Memorial Audiorium
The Kitchener Memorial Audiorium or The Aud for short, is an ice rink with a seating capacity of 6,268 and has a total capacity of 6,900 including standing room. It is home to the Kitchener Rangers, of the Ontario Hockey League. The original arena was built in 1950 and has been expanded three times since then.
The Aud hosted the 2008 Memorial Cup from May 16 to May 25, 2008, with 437 additional permanent seats being added. The Aud previously hosted 1961-62 Memorial Cup Final, 1975 Memorial Cup and 1984 Memorial Cup games.
Other notable junior ice hockey events include the 1995 and 2003 CHL Top Prospects Game, the 1980, 1985, 1995 Ontario Hockey League All-star games, and the 1986 IIHF World U20 Championship. During the 1986 tournament, Canada defeated West Germany 18-2 at The Aud, setting a record for most goals for, and largest margin of victory by the Canada national junior hockey team at the tournament.
The Aud has also hosted other local teams, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Beavers of the Eastern Professional Hockey League from 1960-62, and the senior Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen of the Ontario Hockey Association in the 1950's.
Kitchener Rangers president Steve Bienkowski has stated that the Rangers have begun the process of researching a new arena. The Rangers have sold out almost every game for the past 3 years, and the waiting list for season tickets has been well over the cap of 4750. The Rangers would like a building with at least 10,000 seats.