PNE Forum
Exhibition Forum, PNE Forum
Opened 1931
Location North Renfrew Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V5K 3N7
Owner City of Vancouver
Renovated 1943 by the Royal Canadian Army; est. 1980's to an exhibition facility.
Capacity Ice hockey: 5,050 until 1980

The Forum (also known as the Exhibition Forum, Vancouver Forum and PNE Forum) is an indoor arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada located on the grounds of the Pacific National Exhibiton.

Sports, Ice Hockey and the Canucks[edit | edit source]

The building became Vancouver's premier indoor sports facility in 1936 when the 10,500 seat Denman Arena burned to the ground and was not rebuilt. The arena had seating for 5,050 spectators for hockey and box lacrosse. Some of the other major spectator arenas in the area besides the Forum included the Kerrisdale Arena(Vancouver) and Queen's Park Arena (New Westminster).

It hosted the Pacific Coast Hockey League's and Western Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks from 1945 to 1968. In 1968 The WHL Canucks moved to the newly completed Pacific Coliseum which was located close by on the PNE grounds (the N.H.L. version of the Vancouver Canucks started play in 1970).

PNE Forum interior.jpg

The building was refurbished as a concert and exhibition space in the early 1980s. The hockey boards were removed to create more floor space. Much of the hockey seating remains however along with one of the original press boxes which is still in place. The ice plant has since been removed from the building. The various ice activities that used to take place in the Forum are now held in the Agrodome which is also located on the P.N.E. grounds next to the Pacific Coliseum. The Agrodome had a new separate ice plant installed when the move took place but now shares one with the Pacific Coliseum after the renovations that took place in that facility for the 2010 Vancouver/Whistler Olympic Winter Games.

2010 Olympic Winter Games[edit | edit source]

It was the Uniform and Accreditation Centre Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics.[1]

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Preceded by
Home of the
Vancouver Canucks (PCHL)

1945 – 1951
Succeeded by
PCHL franchise merged with Western Hockey League
Preceded by
Home of the
Vancouver Canucks (WHL)

1952 – 1968
Succeeded by
Pacific Coliseum

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