Hershey Centre

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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.

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5 Comments

  1. Uzair S
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    I went to see a game here on a Friday night and it was a pretty good crowd in a game against Kingston (Majors won 5-1). Atmosphere was decent for a hockey game and the crowd was at a capacity of around 60% so a lot more than the 1,400. It just depends on the time of day I guess. Mississauga is a very family oriented city/suburb so the crowds are always bigger when there’s no school the next day or for Sunday afternoon games. A lot of grandparents and children at these games but the weekday games tend to be a bit week.

    The only thing that annoys me though is the seating arrangement. Even with gold level seats, someone sitting diagonally from me obstructed my view of a big chunk of the ice.

  2. Uzair
    Posted November 7, 2010 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    One more thing that I wanna add which bugs the heck out of me is the interviewer/announcer girl at the game. She isn’t the main announcer but her voice comes on constantly doing promos or giveaways and it’s this terrible high pitched squeak which goes up and down. A lot of OHL teams have this, it’s weird.

    The Majors are gonna be getting an new score clock with video for 2011 in time for the memorial cup. The team is winning and the fans are starting to show up.

  3. chris carlson
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    good prices really classiy people Prices are adequate with pizza ($4), hot dogs ($4.50), fries ($3.75), and soda ($3). draught for $5.25 or a tall-boy for $7.75. Molson Canadian and Coors Light

  4. chris carlson
    Posted August 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    good prices really classiy people Prices are adequate with pizza ($4), hot dogs ($4.50), fries ($3.75), and soda ($3). draught for $5.25 or a tall-boy for $7.75. Molson Canadian and Coors Light good game i went to its was against peel region rival battalion 85% sold out prices range from $12.95-21.95 makes for a good day at the rink

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