Cape Breton Screaming Eagles

Arena Name: Centre 200
Capacity: 4,670
Built: 1987
Address: 481 George St., Sydney, Nova Scotia, B1P 6R7
Telephone No: (902) 567-6378
Ice Surface Size: Regulation
Franchise Date: 1997-98
QMJHL Championships: None
Memorial Cup Championships: None
Colours: Black, Gold, Silver & White
Official Web Site: CapeBretonEagles.com
Venue Web Site: Centre200.ca
Unofficial Sites: Inside the Nest Blog, Nestcape Message Board
Tourist Information: CBIsland.com
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Centre 200
Centre 200
What's the Arena Like?
In spite of the corporate-seeming name, the "200" in Centre 200 is actually a reference to the bicentennial of Sydney. Built in 1987 in the heart of Sydney's downtown, it is a brick, concrete and mirrored glass-fronted building surrounded by parking lots, a Tim Horton's, and the adjacent Casino Nova Scotia. The casino is actually directly connected to the arena, which makes it possible in theory (and, believe it or not, in practice) to play the slots in the intermissions. Talk about your unique arena features. At any rate, the main entrance to the building takes you into a valet-style drop-off point that works for both the arena and the Casino, and you enter the arena underneath a bright red sign overtop the mirrored glass doors.

The interior layout of the building is one with a single top concourse that runs under the seats on two sides and along the top of them on the other two. Behind one of the nets is a large, open area featuring team history. The big, trade-floor like atmosphere would be a obvious place for fans to congregate during intermissions. The actual structure of the building is one big ring of dark blue seats that stretch around the ice, and then a second level of seats overlooking one side of the arena as an upper deck. There are also a few suites and a pressbox overtop of the one end and the lower side of the arena. It's an interesting design, similar to Moncton in the QMJHL but not found anywhere in the O. Apart from the seats, the rest of the arena is done in boring 1980's earthtones, and is only brightened by advertising hoardings. The small centre scoreclock is standard-issue, with no videoboard. The rink also felt surprisingly dark for a newish place.

I have never been to a game at Centre 200. If you have anything to contribute, send it on to email.
Future Developments
Centre 200 underwent a $2.5 million dollar renovation recently. Improvements included increasing the seating capacity to at least 5,000 through the addition of 13 new skyboxes, club seating and the installation of a new video scoreboard system.
Inside Centre 200
Centre 200

How To Get There

From Hwy 125: Exit at George St. (Exit 8) and proceed north into town. The arena will be on your right, beside the casino.
Franchise History
Dating back to the QMJHL's founding in 1969, the Screaming Eagles began life on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River as the Sorel Éperviers, or Blackhawks, playing out of the Colisée Cardin. They spent the next decade in Sorel-Tracy, played a couple years as an essentially nomadic team moving back and forth between Sorel and Verdun, and wound up in Granby in 1981 to become the Bisons, playing at the Arena Leonard Grondin. The team never knew much success in Sorel, Verdun, or Granby, until 1996, when the newly-renamed Prédateurs won the QMJHL and Memorial Cup. However, attendance in Granby was low, and the team moved away the following season, becoming the Screaming Eagles in 1997.
Retired Numbers
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
Another Look Inside Centre 200
Centre 200
Local Rivals
Cape Breton's biggest rival is their Nova Scotian cousin, the Halifax Mooseheads.


If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at email and I'll update the guide.

Copyright Kevin Jordan 2002-07.
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Last Revised: September 14, 2007