Windsor Arena

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Windsor Arena
The Barn
Madhouse on McDougall
Windsor Arena the old Barn home of Spitfires.jpg
Former names Border Cities Arena
Location 334 Wyandotte St. E., Windsor, Ontario
Coordinates 42°18′58″N 83°1′56″W / 42.31611°N 83.03222°W / 42.31611; -83.03222Coordinates: 42°18′58″N 83°1′56″W / 42.31611°N 83.03222°W / 42.31611; -83.03222
Opened 1924
Owner City of Windsor
Capacity Ice hockey: 4,400
Concerts: 6,264
Tenants
Windsor Lancers (OUA) (2008-2013)
Windsor minor hockey (1924-present)
Windsor Bulldogs (OHA Senior A/IHL) (1953-1965)
Windsor Spitfires (OHL) (1975-2008)
Detroit Cougars (NHL) (1926–1927)

Windsor Arena (nicknamed The Barn, because of its age, wooden construction, and its appearance of a giant barn) is an indoor arena located in Windsor, Ontario. Its capacity is approximately 4,400 with standing room. The arena's ice is an asymmetrical 80 feet (24 m) by 195 feet (59 m) or 15,600 square feet (1,450 m2). The arena was the home of the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League from 1975–2008, at which time the team's home was moved to the WFCU Centre. It is now home ice for the varsity men's ice hockey team at the University of Windsor.

History[edit]

Spitfires old banners (in 2012) still hanging in The Barn. Includes Mickey Renaud, 1988 OHL Championship banner, Adam Graves, etc.

Originally named the Border Cities Arena, it hosted the Detroit Cougars (later renamed the Detroit Red Wings) for the 1926-1927 NHL season, while the Olympia Stadium was under construction. The Border Cities Arena, built in 1925 for the local junior hockey team, was expanded from 6,000 to 9,000 for the Cougars. The arena was later renamed the Windsor Arena.

Having been constructed in 1924, the arena is among the oldest of its type in North America. Inside the arena's halls are pictures of teams gone by, of old matches and players, and of the construction of "The Barn", along with historic newspaper clippings related to the hockey teams that played under its roof over the years.

In 2006, a new arena, located in the city's east side off Lauzon Road, was approved by the Windsor city council. The decision to replace the arena is attributed to complaints about Windsor Arena's seating and tiny concourses.

The Spitfires' final game at the Windsor Arena was played on December 4, 2008. Windsor beat the Guelph Storm 2-1, giving the Spitfires a perfect 12-0 record at The Barn for the 2008-09 season.

From 2009 until 2013 the University of Windsor Lancers hockey teams took over as the major tenants of the arena.

Panoramic view inside arena during Windsor Lancers men's hockey team playoff game, February 16, 2012. (click to enlarge)

Future[edit]

Construction of the Windsor City Market was put on hold in late August 2012 with the announcement that ice would return to Windsor Arena for first week of September, Meaning that "The Barn" will remain open for at least one more year.

In February 2014, the arena was used as a site for salt storage.[1] As of April 2014, Catholic Central High School is proposed to be constructed on the site, with the full demolition of Windsor Arena being part of the plan without any emphasis.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/city-stockpiling-3-500-tonnes-of-salt-in-windsor-arena-1.2537795
  2. ^ http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2014/04/01/board-recommends-building-25-million-downtown-catholic-central-high-school/

External links[edit]

The Barn on November 3, 2008. Windsor Spitfires and Oshawa Generals face-off to open third period.
Windsor Arena interior.
  • "Famous Canadian Arenas" exhibit at the National Library of Canada's Virtual Museum of Canada exhibit. "Windsor Arena"
  • The Windsor Star "Turning the Barn into an 'Urban Mall'"
  • "The Windsor Star"
Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Detroit Cougars

1926–1927
Succeeded by
Olympia Stadium
Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Windsor Spitfires

1975 – December 2008
Succeeded by
WFCU Centre