Whether you’re a fair weather fan or a die-hard soccer supporter, Stade Saputo has activities and attractions above and beyond a typical soccer stadium. This review was written in the second year of the stadium’s five-year plan to improve fan experience. It’s intriguing to know what further enhancements will be made, when witnessing a match at Stade Saputo is already top tier.
Earlier this week, the 2019 Memorial Cup Site Selection Committee announced Halifax, Nova Scotia will be hosting the 101st edition of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) tournament. The annual four-team round-robin type tournament is comprised of the host city and champions of the Western Hockey League (WHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), to determine the best team of Canadian junior hockey. Halifax’s bid was selected over Moncton, New Brunswick, who is scheduled to open a new $100-millon arena this summer.
Saint Mary’s University recently announced approval to construct a state-of-the-art venue for the Huskies men’s and women’s Atlantic University Sport (AUS) hockey teams. According to the March 26th press release, the new arena will come equipped with an NHL-sized ice rink with seating for 800 fans, plus an additional 200+ for standing room only.
If you are looking for a place that promotes the action on the ice without all the glitz and glamour you find in many arenas, this is a great venue to see a hockey game. Many arenas are loud, and try too hard to raise the energy of the fans. This becomes distracting and unappealing to the fan and hockey enthusiast. If you enjoy hockey at its purest, a visit to Centre 200 is a must.
The old arenas of the NHL’s original six may be history, but other traditional arenas still exist around the country. Halifax Forum is an arena that has survived hard times and threats of demolition. It has now found new life with the latest proposal, and a secure future. The Forum is not the perfect place to watch a game, but it has an aura about it that makes for a great hockey venue for spectators. Walking into the Forum visually takes you back in time, to an era of old-time hockey.