|Full name||Windsor Family Credit Union Centre|
|Broke ground||January 22, 2007|
|Opened||December 11, 2008|
|Owner||City of Windsor|
|Operator||City of Windsor / Global Spectrum Facility Management|
|Scoreboard||8 sided, 24 feet in diameter|
|Construction cost||C$71 million
($74.5 million in 2013 dollars)
|Architect||BBB Architects, Ltd.|
|Structural engineer||HGS Consulting Engineers Ltd.|
|Services engineer||Vollmer & Associates|
|General contractor||PCR Contractors|
|Field dimensions||302,000 square feet|
|Windsor Spitfires (OHL) (2008-Present)|
The WFCU Centre is a sports-entertainment centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It opened on December 11, 2008, and it is named after the Windsor Family Credit Union, a local financial institution. It is located in the east end of the city, northeast of the intersection of Tecumseh and Lauzon Roads.
Ownership and management
The WFCU Centre is owned by the City of Windsor. City council approved the project on October 4, 2006, and the groundbreaking ceremony took place on January 22, 2007. The WFCU Centre is managed by Ed Snider's Comcast Spectacor, a Philadelphia-based company, which also operates more than 100 other arenas, stadiums and convention centres including the Wachovia Center in Philly.
Seating and ticketing
- 6,500 - Hockey
- 7,000 - Basketball
- 8,000 - End stage concert
- 3,000 – Small concert stage
- 2,100 - Theatre mode
- 7,500 - Centre stage concert
In addition to the standard end stage configuration for large concerts, the arena can be set up to accommodate touring Broadway shows or smaller concerts in its theatre mode. The theatre mode features a small, intimate atmosphere.
The centre features 35 luxury suites and more than 600 club seats.
The WFCU Centre complies with the Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
The WFCU Centre uses an in-house system, provided by New Era Tickets.
The WFCU Centre was built at a cost of approximately $71 million by the Windsor, Ontario-based construction company, PCR Contractors. The land was purchased from London, Ontario developer Farhi Holdings Corporation. The construction of this sports-entertainment centre was decided upon as a part of the city government’s overall effort to add excitement to the economy. As part of that effort, Windsor city council committed to building the centre, and agreed to fund most of the cost.
During the initial stages of planning, several other committees and companies proposed building arenas and venues in the area, including a privately owned skating arena, as well as proposed a relocation of the Windsor Raceway Slots to Tecumseh, Ontario, owned by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.
Some of the WFCU Centre's higher profile events include:
- Carrie Underwood
- Marianas Trench
- Neil Young
- Elton John
- World Cup of Curling
- Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships
- World U-17 hockey challenge
- NHL Top Prospects Game
- Russell Peters
- OHL All Star Game
- ZZ Top
- Great Big Sea
- Cirque Du Soleil
- Stars on Ice
- Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance
- "Arena Kickoff Ends 30 Years of Waiting". Windsor Star. January 22, 2007. Retrieved January 26, 2007.
- 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. Last modified 2011-01-25. Retrieved January 16, 2012
- "Windsor Family Credit Centre". HGS Consulting Engineers Ltd. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
- "Commercial". Vollmer & Associates. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
- WFCU Centre official website
- City of Windsor WFCU Centre information page
- Eastside Arena web site, operated by arena building consortium
- Windsor Spitfires, WFCU Centre Ontario Hockey League tenant
- Photo gallery from the WFCU Centre's interior