Trois-Rivières Draveurs

Arena Name: Colisée de Trois-Rivières
Capacity: 3,500 (2,700 seated)
Built: 1951
Address: 1740, boul. des Forges, Trois-Rivières, QC, G9A 5L9
Last Game: 1992
Ice Surface Size: Regulation
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Colisée de Trois-Rivières
Colisee de Trois-Rivieres
What was the Arena Like?
The Colisée de Trois-Rivières is a streamlined, Art Moderne arena located on the grounds of Trois-Rivières's fairgrounds. It's built next to the city's ballpark, and the road out front of the rink doubles as part of the track for the "Grand-Prix de Trois-Rivières", which I can only assume is some sort of motor race. The rink itself is white with red trim and has a small amount of parking right in front, on the street. There is also windows dotting the front of the building and a big red sign reading "COLISEE". It's reminiscent of the old Sault Gardens and is easily one of the prettiest arenas in Canada from the outside.

Once inside, the small main lobby features a collection of trophies and a historical plaque, along with stairs that lead up into the heart of the rink. The building has a wide main concourse around the top of the seating area, concessions, a relatively old-looking scoreclock, and a full ring of blue seats that have roof support columns unfortunately blocking the view from some areas. Still, apart from the roof support columns in the seats, the place feels newer than it is; all the seats are new plastic and the maintenance has obviously been there throughout the arena's history. The arena also has an innovation I haven't seen anywhere else - the top concourse is separated from the standing room by an elevation change, so the SRO patrons don't interfere with traffic around the top of the building.

The Colisée de Trois-Rivières has been bypassed by the QMJHL, even though for years it was in far better condition than the then-active Q rink in nearby Shawinigan. With no luxury suites and a Q that's looking eastward towards the United States and Atlantic Canada as its expanding market, it seems unlikely that T-R will see the league in its backyard anytime soon. Still, the Colisée is in better shape than a lot of the current Q rinks, and it appears set to host the fight-happy LNAH for long into the future.
Inside the Colisée de Trois-Rivières
Colisee de Trois-Rivieres
How To Get There
From A-40: Take Exit 199 and turn north on boulevard des Forges. The city's fairgrounds will be on des Forges on the right pretty much immediately, but you'll have to drive through the fairgrounds to get to the arena.
What's it Used For Today?
The Colisée was used by the Q from the league's founding in 1969 to 1992, when the Draveurs moved to Sherbrooke. They are today the Lewiston Maineiacs. The rink today is home to the UQTR Patriotes varsity teams and the LNAH's Trois-Rivières Caron et Guay, yet many people in the three rivers region still pine for the days when the local junior boys beat up on nearby Shawinigan.
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