The Arena, Ottawa

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The Arena
View of Arena and Laurier Avenue, circa 1910
Location Laurier Avenue at the Canal, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 45°25′20″N 75°41′31″W / 45.422221°N 75.692024°W / 45.422221; -75.692024Coordinates: 45°25′20″N 75°41′31″W / 45.422221°N 75.692024°W / 45.422221; -75.692024
Broke ground 1907
Opened January 11, 1908
Demolished 1927
Surface natural ice
Capacity 4,500, 7,000 (temporary)
Tenants
Ottawa Hockey Club (ECAHA / NHA / NHL)
(1908-1923)

The Arena, also known as Dey's Arena was an arena for ice hockey located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It was the home of the Ottawa Hockey Club from 1908 to 1923. It was the third in a series of ice hockey venues built by the Dey family of Ottawa. At the time of its building, it was Canada's largest arena.

History[edit]

The arena was built in 1907 and was built because audiences for hockey matches had out-grown the previous arena, known as Dey's Rink or Dey's Arena. The spectator capacity was 7,000, of which 2,500 was standing room. 'The Arena', as it was called,[1] was built on leased land at Laurier Avenue at the Rideau Canal, on the location of today's Confederation Park, near the current Ottawa city hall. This is very close to the location of the first Dey's Rink, which was located on the opposite bank of the Canal. It is also close to the location of the Royal Rink at 28 Slater, which was where the Ottawa Hockey Club first practised in 1883. The land for The Arena was leased from landowner Esther Sherwood for the rate of $166.66 per month, for twenty years.[2]

The Arena opened on January 11, 1908 for a game between Ottawa and the Montreal Wanderers, the top rivalry of the day. The last Senators game at the arena was held on March 10, 1923, after which the team moved to the Ottawa Auditorium. The Ottawa Auditorium was also built by the Deys, who were part owners of the Ottawa Senators. This third rink was torn down by the federal government at the end of the lease in 1927 to make way for the ceremonial 'Driveway' improvement project along the Rideau Canal.

The Arena was used for the sports of ice skating and figure skating as well as hockey. The 1912 Canadian Figure Skating Championships were held in February 1912 at the Arena.[3]

The Arena hosted the 1910 and 1911 Stanley Cup challenges, and the 1920 Stanley Cup Finals, all won by the Ottawa Senators. (The 1921 and 1923 Ottawa Stanley Cup wins were won out west.)

Building[edit]

The Arena was a large improvement internally from the previous Dey Arena. The dressing rooms, rest rooms, smoking rooms and lobby were steam-heated. The main doors were on Laurier Avenue, and a north entrance existed onto Slater Street, which at the time extended to the Canal.[4] The exterior was simple, and did not meet Sherwood's lease criteria of a 'worthy architectural feature' of Ottawa. At its building, it was the largest ice arena in Canada.[5]

Ice surface[edit]

The Arena ice surface (natural) was unusually shaped. Both ends are curved, with no straight sections behind the net. This design was passed along to the successor Ottawa Auditorium ice surface design.[6]

References[edit]

  • Kitchen, Paul (1993). Dey Brothers rinks were home to the Senators. Bytown Pamphlet series; 46. Ottawa, Ontario: Ottawa Historical Society. ISBN 0-920960-46-4. OCLC 29312605. 
  • MacGregor, Roy (January 14, 1996). "The long road to the Palladium". Ottawa Citizen. pp. pg. E3. 
Notes
  1. ^ Might Directories (1909). The Ottawa City Directory 1909. Might Directories Limited. pp. pg. 26. 
  2. ^ Kitchen(1993), p. 10
  3. ^ "Canadian Figure Skating Championships". Toronto Star. 1912-02-13. p. pg.13. 
  4. ^ Kitchen(1993), pg. 9
  5. ^ Kitchen(1993), pg. 8
  6. ^ Kitchen(1993), pg. 13

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Preceded by
Dey's Skating Rink
Home of the
Ottawa Hockey Club

1908–1923
Succeeded by
Ottawa Auditorium