Home Of The Owen Sound Attack
On November 22nd, 2009 my wife and I both had the day off work, so we decided that we would start our tour of OHL Arenas. The Owen Sound Attack were one of three OHL teams who were at home that day, so we decided we’d take the 5 hour drive up.
We got into town around 11am and decided to take part in one of our other hobbies, geocaching. We soon found out that Owen Sound is an extremely scenic city.
There are several beautiful waterfalls around the outskirts of town.
Despite the rather anonymous architecture of the arena, its location is picturesque. The arena is located adjacent to the parkland on the shore of the Georgian Bay. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photographs of the lobby but it contained several ticket windows, as well as a decently stocked team store. A stair case at each end of the lobby leads up to the main concourse.
Tickets were quite easy to get. As I mentioned, this trip was rather spontaneous. So, I hopped online the night before to see what was available and I was able to get a pair of seats 2 rows behind the Attack bench. There was still a respectable crowd, which tells me that a large percentage of these were walk up ticket sales. The seats themselves are extremely comfortable and there is a ton of leg room.
At a capacity of around 3500, the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre is one of the OHL’s smallest arenas but I found the atmosphere to be great. All of the employees and fans that I met were extremely friendly and knowledgeable.
The ceiling of the arena is extremely low, so low in fact that the score clock has a protective netting around it to prevent damage.
The concourse is extremely wide and there isn’t even the slightest bit of congestion between periods.
And as an added bonus, there was a live band that played in the concourse between periods. The band that played was called Underground 66 and they were quite good.
Overall, I’d say I was very pleased with my experience in the Sound, and I’d love to return one day when time permits.