Home Of The Mississauga St. Michaels Majors
Ah Mississauga, what can one write about Mississauga? Acres and acres of big box stores, outlet malls and other generic major chain businesses. Acres and acres of sprawling subdivisions with houses that are all nearly identical. Mississauga is probably the most bland and generic city I’ve ever come across.
Much like every other structure in Mississauga, the Hershey Centre is surrounded by acres of parking lots.
The Hershey Centre has a nice, modern lobby.
The concourse is nice and wide. However, the open ceiling and exposed pipes makes this building look a lot less modern than it actually is. Do you see the lack of people in the concourse? Sadly, this is as crowded as it gets in Mississauga. The washrooms and concessions are plentiful. Unfortunately, due to the small crowd, only about half of the concessions were open. But that’s okay because there was still no line up at any of them.
The Hershey Centre is a beautiful arena but due to the small crowds, there is absolutely no atmosphere. The announced attendance was around 1400, but I think they must have been counting players, employees, and members of the media as there was no way there were 1400 spectators in the seating bowl. The score clock is modern but it has no video boards. Instead, it has an LED dot matrix marquee style display showing advertisements, etc. The set up reminds me of the old score clock that Joe Louis Arena had back in the mid 80s before the Red Wings had a jumbotron installed. The Majors also have an auxiliary video board on the wall above the seating bowl. It appeared to be a front projection vinyl screen but was put to good use showing replays, as well as pre-game festivities.
In conclusion I’d say that the Hershey Centre is an excellent arena to watch a game. It is sad that more people don’t come out to experience it. One day, if junior hockey catches on in Mississauga, it will truly be a great place to see a game.