Lewiston Maineiacs

Arena Name: Cumberland County Civic Center
Capacity: 7,005 (6,733 seated)
Built: 1977
Address: 1 Civic Center Square, Portland, ME, 04101
Used: 2008
Ice Surface Size: Regulation
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Cumberland County Civic Center
Cumberland County Civic Center
What was the Arena Like?
Hockey is hugely popular in Maine, but when the locals refer to hockey, chances are they mean the University of Maine Black Bears. At times it can feel like the NCAA game is the only game in the state, and so marketing junior and minor league hockey can be an uphill battle, and can require some creativity. So, in a brilliant move in December 2008, the ownership groups of the Lewiston Maineiacs and the AHL's Portland Pirates did a building swap. The Pirates played two home games at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, while the Maineiacs played a pair in Portland's Cumberland County Civic Center.

The Civic Center is a 1970's design located in the heart of Portland. It's been an AHL rink since 1977 with only a two season gap between the death of the old Maine Mariners in 1992 and the arrival of the Pirates in 1994. The seating areas inside are a four-box design comparable to the AHL rink in Binghamton or the former OHL rink in Cornwall.

It remains to be seen if the Portland promotion was a one-time thing or will become an annual tradition for the Maineiacs. The games didn't draw particularly well in spite of the lure of Patrick Roy's Quebec Remparts, but one still has to give credit to the respective marketing teams for a truly innovative idea to spread other types of hockey in Maine.
How To Get There
From I-295: Exit at #6, Forest Ave, and proceed south towards downtown. When Forest dead-ends, turn left onto Congress St., then make an immediate right onto Oak St. Make another quick left onto Free St. and the arena will be shortly ahead on the right.
What's it Used For Today?
The Cumberland County Civic Center is currently home of the AHL's Portland Pirates, and has been since 1994.
Inside the Cumberland County Civic Center
Cumberland County Civic Center
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Last Revised: March 29, 2009