|TD Place Arena|
1015 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON, CAN
|Opened||December 29, 1967|
|Expanded||1992 (seating reduced as part of 2005 renovation)|
|Owner||City of Ottawa|
|Construction cost||$9.5 million (CDN)|
|Architect||Craig and Kohler|
|Former names||Ottawa Civic Centre, Urbandale Centre, Canadian Tire Centre|
|Tenants||Ottawa 67's (OHL)|
Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Ottawa Nationals (WHA)
Ottawa Civics (WHA) (1976)
Ottawa Rebel (National Lacrosse League) (2002–2003)
The TD Place Arena. formerly known as the Ottawa Civic Centre Urbandale Centre, and Canadian Tire Centre is an indoor arena located in Ottawa, Ontario, capacity 9,862. With temporary seating and standing room it can hold 10,585. Opened in December 1967, it is used primarily for sports, including curling, figure skating, ice hockey and lacrosse. The arena has hosted Canadian and world championships in figure skating and ice hockey, including the first women's world ice hockey championship in 1990. Canadian championships in curling have also been hosted at the arena. The arena is also used for concerts, conventions and Ottawa SuperEX events and exhibits.
The Civic Centre arena is the current home of the Ottawa 67's of the OHL. It is the former home of the Ottawa Senators of the NHL (1992–1995), the Ottawa Nationals of the WHA (1972–1973), the Ottawa Civics of the WHA (1976), and the Ottawa Rebel of the National Lacrosse League ([2002–2003).
It was renamed the Urbandale Centre in 2009 after the company Urbandale Construction had paid for the right.
Construction[edit | edit source]
In the 1960s, the City of Ottawa was preparing to rebuild the football stadium at Lansdowne Park, on Bank Street at the Rideau Canal. During the planning phase, the old Ottawa Auditorium arena was demolished and the City now needed two new sports venues. The City combined plans and the Civic Centre arena was built together with the north grandstand of the football stadium. The combination has meant that the arena is rather oddly shaped, one side of the arena is actually located beneath the upper part of the stadium grandstand, with the result that it has a much lower ceiling than the opposite side of the arena.
Dominion Bridge was the supplier of the huge steel girders for the arena and stadium's frame, some so large they had to be brought to the site by barge, up the Ottawa River and down the Rideau Canal. According to Dominion Bridge "the most striking feature of the unique design concept is a giant overhanging roof reaching out 170 degrees from atop eight massive steel A-frames."
It opened on December 29, 1967, though seating was not complete, for an Ottawa 67s game versus the Montreal Junior Canadiens. Seats were taken temporarily from the Coliseum building nearby. The football stadium and arena complex was Ottawa's official "Centennial Project." Federal government grant money depended on the facility opening in 1967, and construction was rushed to meet the deadline.
The arena was renovated and seating increased in 1992 in order to temporarily accommodate the Ottawa Senators of the NHL. Luxury boxes were hung from the ceiling over 3/4 of the bowl and all seats except for the club seats were narrowed slightly in order to increase capacity to over 10,000. The seats were replaced in 2005 and wider seats were installed, thus reducing capacity to under 10,000 again.
Ice hockey[edit | edit source]
The primary tenant since the building's opening has been the Ottawa 67s junior men's team. The arena's seating capacity is large by junior standards. The team played before large crowds in the 1960s and 1970s but attendance started to drop in the late 80s and bottomed out after the arrival of the Ottawa Senators in the early 1990s. In 1998 the team was bought by local businessman Jeff Hunt and he successfully improved attendance to take advantage of the large capacity of the Civic Centre. Since then, the 67's have been one of the top-10 junior teams in Canada in terms of attendance, often finishing #1 on the list. The club has also been successful on the ice, winning the OHL Championship in 1977, 1984, and 2001 and the Memorial Cup championship in 1984 and 1999. The 1972 and 1999 tournaments were played at the Civic Centre, and the 1999 tournament was won by the host 67s.
In the 1970s, the arena was home to two WHA professional teams, the Ottawa Nationals and Ottawa Civics. Both did not survive in Ottawa for more than a season. The Nationals played for one regular season, but played their playoffs in Toronto and moved to Toronto to become the Toros. The Civics were a transplanted Denver Spurs team that played half a season in Ottawa before disbanding.
Starting in 1992, the revived Ottawa Senators NHL franchise used the arena for 3 and a half seasons. For the start of the 1992–93 season, the arena was refurbished for the Senators, adding seats and 32 private boxes.
The Civic Centre arena were used for games of the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.
[edit | edit source]
- Ottawa Civic Centre - OHL Arena & Travel Guide
- Ottawa Civic Centre - Ballparks.com
- City of Ottawa Lansdowne Park website
1992 – 1996
Robert Guertin Arena
1968 – present
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