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 concrete and steel 1970's design located in the heart of Portland. In comparison to the rest of Portland's old downtown, the Civic Center is relatively charmless. At street level it's red brick, with the concrete underside of the concourse overhanging street level. The building was renovated relatively recently, and has some new glass at its entrances, but the 70's pedigree of the building is still obvious. It's also located on a hill, so from the top side the arena seems barely a storey tall, whereas at the bottom end it seems much higher. The seating areas inside are a four-box design comparable to the AHL rink in Binghamton or the former OHL rink in Cornwall.

I personally wasn't able to get in the building during my brief visit to Portland in November 2017.
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 Civic Center was an AHL rink from 1977 straight through to 2016, with only a two season gap between the death of the old Maine Mariners in 1992 and the arrival of the Pirates in 1994. However, the Pirates decamped to Springfield, Mass. in 2016, and at present the building is empty. An ECHL team is expected to arrive for the 2017-18 season, and they've already announced they're resurrecting the old Maine Mariners name. The rink is also now called the Cross Insurance Arena.
Inside the Cumberland County Civic Center
Cumberland County Civic Center
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