Home of the Peterborough Petes
Peterborough is a beautiful small city, best known as the “Gateway To Cottage Country.” Downtown Peterbrough is extremely lively, more so than the downtowns of cities twice the size. There is a lot of interesting architecture and many shopping options throughout the core.
The Peterborough Memorial Arena is located a short drive from the downtown core. We arrived at the arena about 2 hours before game time and noticed the sign at the entrance stated that it would cost $3 to park. However, there was nobody at the entrance. After parking my car, we walked up to a group of security guards congregating in the lot to ask them whom I should give the $3 to. The guards told me not to worry about paying, so we went to the Spaghetti House Restaurant across the street. After eating, we noticed that the same security guards whom we spoke to earlier were now manning the parking lot entrance taking money for parking. Anyway, the moral of the story is that if you show up early enough, the guards will turn a blind eye and let you park for free. In addition, the food at the aforementioned restaurant is well worth arriving early for.
The lobby and box office is fairly modern and has sufficient ticket booths. The lobby also provides access to the team store, as well as the Peterborough Sports Hall Of Fame, which in my opinion is the arena’s best feature.
The Pete’s history is on display everywhere. The concourse is full of photographs and sketches of hockey greats of Peterborough’s past.
The history doesn’t end there. The Peterborough Memorial Centre has a museum sized local sports hall of fame. This Hall of Fame consists of many aisles and would take at least an hour to look at everything. It’s a must see for any sports fan.
The Petes team store is huge! While it is not quite as large as the Outpost in Kitchener, it is easily one of the largest team stores in the league.
The seating bowl is laid out in a fairly strange manner. There are only a handful of rows along the sides. One end has at least 25 rows of seats going up almost to the roof. The other end has limited club seating, some suites and a restaurant.
The Petes installed a full video scoreboard in 2005. The screens appeared to be of the rear projection variety meaning that the screens are very dim and difficult to see unless you are looking directly at them. At the game I attended, there was no promotions girl. Instead, the P.A. announcer occasionally read advertisements after the whistle. I found this to be much less intrusive/annoying than the promotions girls typically found in junior hockey arenas.
In closing, I’d like to emphasize how great of a touch the hall of fame is. If you go to Petes game, make sure that you spend some time browsing it.