Arena Name: Palais Municipal de la Baie Capacity: Built: 1948 Used: 1989 Address: 1831, 6e Avenue, La Baie QC, G7B 1S1 Ice Surface Size:
What Was the Arena Like?
The QMJHL's incredible website has a complete archive of every game played since the league's founding in 1969, and as a result of that, it's a relatively simple project to sort through and find every arena used for a game, even the random one-game wonders. That is, of course, assuming the website is correct.
On February 5, 1989, the Chicoutimi Saguenéens played a single game against Longueuil at the Palais Municipal de La Baie, in La Baie, Quebec, because Centre Georges-Vezina was booked for the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. The Q's website always had this game listed as taking place in Chicoutimi, but thanks to research by @Dante_X and prompting by me, they've updated the site to reflect this. Not having learned about this until early 2021, I didn't make the trip to La Baie when I saw the Saguenéens play in 2018, but someday when the Sags build their new arena I will have to return to the area.
What's the Arena Used For Today?
The Palais Municipal de La Baie opened in 1948 and was destroyed by fire in 1952, but was rebuilt and served the town of La Baie until 1997. In that year, a new arena opened, and the old hockey rink was renovated into a theatre. From internet pictures, it appears that the rink was cut in half, with half the old spectator seating and the arena floor being seating, the stage near centre ice, and the second half being backstage. Obviously there are no major sports tenants anymore, but the theatre is still open and had a lively schedule before the COVID-19 pandemic started.
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