Sandman Centre

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Sandman Centre
Interior Savings Centre - Interior.JPG
Former namesRiverside Coliseum (1992–2000)
Sport Mart Place (2000–2005)
Interior Savings Centre (2005–2015)
Location300 Mark Recchi Way
Kamloops, British Columbia
V2C 1W3
OwnerThe City of Kamloops
CapacityIce Hockey: 5,464
Concerts 6,000+
Broke groundSeptember 1990
OpenedAugust 8, 1992[1]
Construction costC$18.5 million
($29.4 million in 2018 dollars[2])
ArchitectPBK Architects, Inc.
Hotson Bakker Architects[3]
General contractorD&T Developments, Ltd.
Kamloops Blazers (WHL) (1992–present)

The Sandman Centre (formerly known as Riverside Coliseum and Interior Savings Centre) is a 5,464-seat multi-purpose arena in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. It is home to the Kamloops Blazers Ice hockey team. The arena is owned by The City of Kamloops.

The Arena is located on Mark Recchi Way, named after the NHL player whose hometown and home team (Blazers) is in Kamloops.

The Sandman Centre was constructed to replace the Kamloops Memorial Arena, built in 1948 and now a historical landmark. The Sandman Centre opened as the Riverside Coliseum in 1992. The Riverside Coliseum was later called Sport Mart Place due to a sponsorship deal with Sport Mart. The deal between Sport Mart and the City of Kamloops expired during the summer of 2005 and a new sponsorship deal resulted in the commercial name Interior Savings Centre.

In summer/fall of 2005, The Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club, City of Kamloops, and several corporate sponsors constructed new private box seats, upping the capacity by hundreds of seats.

Notable events[edit]

The arena has hosted many concerts. Avril Lavigne performed at the arena during her Best Damn Tour and The Black Star Tour. On April 2, 1999, Shania Twain performed there during her Come On Over Tour. Other artists include Bob Dylan, Nickelback, KISS, Alice Cooper, The Cult, Hedley, Dierks Bentley, Rita MacNeil, Florida Georgia Line, George Thorogood, Reba McEntire, Nelly Furtado, The Back Street Boys, Sarah Mclachlan, Def Leppard, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Bryan Adams, Tom Cochran Johnny Reid, Dallas Smith, The Band Perry, Terri Clark, and Rascal Flatts .

The arena hosted the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier from March 1–9.

In 2016, the arena hosted the 2016 IIHF Women's World Championship.

During the 2017 BC wildfire season Emergency Social Services used the arena as an over night evacuation centre when residents of the city of Williams Lake were given a mandatory evacuation order.


  1. ^ "ICL Awarded Contract for New B.C. Hall. (British Columbia's Kamloops Riverside Coliseum)". Amusement Business. December 9, 1991. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  2. ^ Canadian inflation numbers based on Statistics Canada tables 18-10-0005-01 (formerly CANSIM 326-0021) "Consumer Price Index, annual average, not seasonally adjusted". Statistics Canada. November 15, 2020. Retrieved November 15, 2020. and 18-10-0004-13 "Consumer Price Index by product group, monthly, percentage change, not seasonally adjusted, Canada, provinces, Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit". Statistics Canada. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  3. ^ "Hotson Bakker Architects". Architectural News Library. Retrieved October 18, 2013.

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Coordinates: 50°40′42″N 120°19′59″W / 50.67833°N 120.33306°W / 50.67833; -120.33306