Home of the Sudbury Wolves
Sudbury is perhaps best known for it’s mining industry, but there is a lot more to the city than meets the eye. Over the years, Sudbury has become a major retail, economic and educational hub for Notheastern Ontario.
Downtown Sudbury has many government and financial offices throughout in addition to a decent retail scene. Most of the architecture is fairly bland for forgettable, but overall, there seems to be plenty going on and plenty to do.
Sudbury Community Arena with it’s beautiful brick facade was build in 1951. It has been immaculately maintained and underwent a major renovation back in 2007. The building is older, but there is no need to replace it in the immediate future.
I read about this plaque on the outside of the arena on Kevin Jordan’s excellent OHL Arena Guide. It declares that the arena was erected for the welfare of humanity. Sounds like the people responsible for this arena had some very ambitious plans.
The box office arrangement is a little strange. There are about 3 ticket windows at one end of the lobby, and about 3 more individual windows scattered around in other sections of the lobby. The lobby itself is interesting and has a stair case leading up to the upper concourse, or down to the lower concourse.
Most concessions appeared to be in the lower concourse. The souvenir stand is a small counter in the wall, not unlike your typical food stand. Although small, they had a decent selection of merchandise.
As another old school touch, the Zamboni gets parked in the public concourse.
The upper concourse runs around the top of the seating bowl in a somewhat open concept idea. Sudbury recently added a full video screen to their scoreboard set up. Unfortunately, the screens appear to be of the rear projection variety and unless you are looking straight at the screen, it can be difficult to see the picture.
My favorite feature of this arena is this arena is this taxidermic wolf suspended from the rafters on a system of cables and pulleys. When the Wolves score a goal, this wolf runs across the top of the arena. I’m not sure when this tradition started in Sudbury, but I am very glad that this wolf survived the arena renovation. It may be corny, but it’s a very unique feature.
Another interesting feature of this arena is the wooden roof. Not only is the entire roof wooden, but the catwalks up in the rafters are also wooden. The wood all looks to be in perfect shape and appears to be well taken care of.
The atmosphere of the arena is great. The game I attended had about 4000 fans who screamed all game long. The atmosphere here ranks up near Windsor Arena. It did not seem intimidating at all however. All yelling was directed towards the action on the ice. With all of it’s interesting quirks, I think that the Sudbury Arena should definitely be one that every junior hockey fan in Ontario visits at least once.