Bell Sensplex

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Bell Sensplex
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Location 1565 Maple Grove Road, Ottawa, Ontario
Opened December 12, 2004

The Bell Sensplex is a four-pad ice facility, located in the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is the primary practice facility of the Ottawa Senators NHL team. In a partnership with the City of Ottawa, it is also used for minor hockey and hosts the annual Bell Capital Cup ice hockey tournament. The Sensplex is located at 1565 Maple Grove Road in the Kanata district of Ottawa.[1] It is also the home arena for the Ottawa Senators of the Canadian Women's Hockey League.

History[edit]

The Senators, in a partnership with the City of Ottawa, built the Bell Sensplex, for community and team use at a cost of $25.6 million. The facility contains three NHL-sized ice rinks, one Olympic-size ice rink and an indoor fieldhouse in its 180,000 square feet (17,000 m2) building. The City of Ottawa provided $1.4 million of the cost to facilitate the construction. The Sensplex ultimately used only $800,000 of the City's funds.[2] The Sensplex opened in December 2004.[3]

Usage[edit]

It is used for Senators team practices,minor hockey and short track speed skating. The City of Ottawa buys 2,400 hours of ice time for public use annually.[2] The facility is the main arena for the annual Bell Capital Cup, open to Atom (9-11) and Pee-Wee (11-13) age group teams, held between Christmas Day and New Year's. The tournament attracts over 500 teams annually and bills itself as "the world's largest hockey tournament."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Location & Directions". www.bellsensplex.ca. Archived from the original on December 14, 2004. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Sensplex to city: keep the change". Ottawa Citizen. September 17, 2009. 
  3. ^ "BELL SENSPLEX OFFICIALLY OPENS IN HOCKEY COUNTRY". www.bellsensplex.ca. December 12, 2004. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  4. ^ "Bell Capital Cup information". Retrieved 2007-12-11. 

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Coordinates: 45°17′51″N 75°54′33″W / 45.297442°N 75.909094°W / 45.297442; -75.909094