|Location||99 Station Street|
Saint John, New Brunswick
|Capacity||6,308 (seated, hockey) |
7,305 (seated, basketball)
|Surface||200' X 85'|
|Saint John Flames (AHL) (1993–2003) |
Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) (2005–present)
Saint John Mill Rats/Riptide (NBL Canada) (2011–present)
Harbour Station is an arena located in the uptown area of Saint John, New Brunswick.
The arena sits on land that used to be part of Saint John Harbour, and partly derives its name from the city's former Union Station passenger railway terminal. The station was located on the site and was used by both CNR and CPR trains, until it was demolished to make way for the Saint John Throughway as part of an urban redevelopment scheme in the early 1970s.
The arena opened in October 1993 to a gala and a concert by Aerosmith which was attended by over 7,000 people, a record that was broken in 2008 by Elton John who brought in 8,100 fans. Since opening, the arena has hosted concerts, hockey, basketball, figure skating and a number of trade shows each year.
Harbour Station is connected by Saint John's pedway system — the Inside Connection — to the major uptown malls, hotels, parking garages and offices, allowing patrons to park their vehicles away from the stadium and reach it on foot without stepping outdoors.
Harbour Station features two levels of seating, an 'upper bowl' and a 'lower bowl'. There are 12 rows of seating in each level, with approximately 16 seats in each section in each level. Harbour Station has 13 luxury sky boxes, which were added before the 2005–2006 season. They also have the Alpine Room which is a private club located at the top of Harbour Station and has a lounge-type atmosphere with a full-service bar and food service. Harbour Station features an open concourse so it enables fans walking around, or in line for concessions to still view the game.
Seating capacity varies for different events at Harbour Station, with 6,307 seats available for hockey games, and 6,603 seats for basketball games. Seating capacity for concerts may range between 1,400 and around 8,100.
In the past, the arena has hosted:
- The Skate Canada Championships in 1995.
- The 1997 AHL All-Star Game.
- The 1998 & 2001 AHL Calder Cup Finals.
- The 1998 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
- The 1999 men's and women's World Curling Championships.
- The 2002 East Coast Music Awards.
- The 2006 Canadian Country Music Awards.
- 2013 Skate Canada International
- The 2014 Women's World Curling Championships
Harbour Station has also hosted one NHL pre-season game featuring the Calgary Flames, and two NBA pre-season games. The arena was a stand-in for the old Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver during filming of the Canada-Russia '72 miniseries.