North Bay Memorial Gardens

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North Bay Memorial Gardens
Location 100 Chippewa St. W.
North Bay, Ontario P1B 6G2
Coordinates Coordinates: 46°18′51.07″N 79°26′56.30″W / 46.3141861°N 79.4489722°W / 46.3141861; -79.4489722
Owner City of North Bay
Operator City of North Bay
Capacity Ice Hockey: 4,043
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground 1954
Opened November 14, 1955[1]
Renovated 2013
Construction cost $714,000[1]
($29.6 million in 2015 dollars[2])
Tenants
North Bay Centennials (OHL) (1982-2002)
North Bay Trappers (NOJHL) (2002-2014)
Nipissing Lakers (OUA) (2009-present)
North Bay Battalion (OHL) (2013-present)

The North Bay Memorial Gardens is an arena located in North Bay, Ontario. It was built in 1955 and has a capacity of 4,043. The Gardens hosted the North Bay Centennials ice hockey team from 1982 to 2002, before they moved to Saginaw, Michigan. The arena's primary tenants today are the North Bay Battalion of the OHL and the Nipissing Lakers men's ice hockey team of the OUA.

In 2007 Memorial Gardens played host to the Atlanta Thrashers and New York Islanders for a pre-season game after the city of North Bay was crowned as Hockeyville. The City and the Committee that brought Hockeyville to North Bay used the prize money to put up a new electronic rink sign.

The arena underwent a $12 million renovation for the new OHL franchise, the North Bay Battalion's arrival for the 2013-2014 season, also signing a 15-year lease with the arena. As part of the renovations, the seating capacity was increased, the ice surface was reconfigured to new OHL standards, 10 private boxes were added as well as a new 2-level team dressing room. The renovations were first 600 thousand dollars over budget even though promises where made to cut the renovations if it went over the 12 million dollar mark by local government who ended up making special funds out of reserve to pay the cost overruns. Six weeks later a further $4.5 million was announced as spent on the project without the knowledge of local government from city taxpayers accounts, with an audit being called that later revealed little paper work and no communication of costs were done on the city's largest municipal project.

Memorial Gardens hosted the 2013 World Ringette Championships.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Arena's Cost Will Be Under $714,000 Goal". North Bay Nugget. November 14, 1955. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ Canadian inflation numbers based on Statistics Canada. "Consumer Price Index, historical summary". CANSIM, table (for fee) 326-0021 and Catalogue nos. 62-001-X, 62-010-X and 62-557-X. And Consumer Price Index, by province (monthly) (Canada) Last modified 2013-12-20. Retrieved January 8, 2014

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