Mooseheads


Halifax Mooseheads

Arena Name: Halifax Forum
Capacity: 5,000
Built: 1927
Address: 2901 Windsor St., Halifax, NS, B3K 1A1
Used: Occasionally
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Halifax Forum
Halifax Forum
What was the Arena Like?
I don't remember much about the Halifax Forum. Driving in that morning from Charlottetown by way of Cavendish, Summerside, and a short but nasty snowstorm in the Cobequid Bypass, I hit Halifax about 90 minutes prior to gametime and beelined for the Forum en route to the 4:00 PM Mooseheads-Sea Dogs game at the Metro Centre for which I had a ticket. I found a tall, red-brick arena with a parking lot in front. Every single space was full. Crap. I wound up leaving the rental car illegally parked on the street, took a few outside shots, and then headed for the front door underneath the massive blue "FORUM" sign.

Once inside, I found a crowded window and door show going on (EXCITEMENT!) and a security guard who indicated that they couldn't just have people seeing windows and doors for free. I mean, obviously. But after a few minutes of haggling and lying about needing a washroom, he seemed to realize that I was a deranged crazy person who wasn't going to just go away and that letting me into the arena for five minutes was easier than dealing with me. I am not a huge fan of the Halifax Regional Municipality at the best of times (suggested slogan: Experience our Concrete!), so thank God I was allowed in - I won't have to go back anytime soon. I raced inside, took a few pictures, and left.

What I remember about the Forum is that it's a very cool-looking building with a U-shaped seating layout and a wall in the fourth end. All of the seats are wooden chairs painted battleship grey, with the last few rows being only wooden benches, much like at Windsor Arena. At the top of the "U" extending all around the building are Bauhaus-style factory windows, which is an excellent touch. There are also obnoxious support columns in the seats, which are low enough down that all views from the seats are at least partially obstructed. The building's concourse runs under the seats, but there is also a small aisle right down by the glass you can use to navigate.

The Halifax Metro Centre was built in 1978 and has been the main home of the Mooseheads for their entire existence. The Forum has only been used for those occasions (mostly preseason and early playoffs) when the Metro Centre is pre-booked. Still, from what I can remember, the building is a very cool old rink and would be an interesting place to see a game. Hopefully, the rink will be preserved for long into the future - after all, windows and doors don't just sell themselves.
Inside Halifax Forum
Halifax Forum
How To Get There
From Route 102: Follow the expressway until it ends and then continue along Bayers Road until it dead-ends. Turn right. The Forum will be a short distance ahead on your left.
What's it Used For Today?
With the closure of Windsor Arena, the Halifax Forum inherited the title of the oldest operating arena in Canada. The Forum today hosts hockey, trade shows, concerts, and pretty much anything else you can think of that might go on in an arena. With the Metro Centre being pretty huge, the Forum hosts most everything that wouldn't come close to selling it out. The major tenants today are the CIS's St. Mary's University Huskies and the MJAHL's Halifax Lions.
Another Look Inside Halifax Forum
Halifax Forum
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