Arena Name: Maurice Richard Arena Capacity: 3,500 Built: 1962 Address: 2800, rue Viau, Montreal, QC, H1V 3J3 Last Game: 2001 Ice Surface Size: Regulation
Maurice Richard Arena
What's the Arena Like?
In the heart of the Olympic Village in East Montreal lies Maurice Richard Arena, a small, circular building located just down the street from Olympic Stadium. Built in 1962, the arena is a circle of yellow and white concrete with doors on each side of the building. A statue of the eponymous hockey star sits in front of the building on rue Viau.
Once inside, the four spokes of the arena lead from the doors directly onto the arena floor. There is a small "moat" extending all the way around the ice surface, with the seating level set a few feet back from the ice. From the floor, there is no way into the seats - you have to make your way back down the spokes and up the stairs. Once up top, there is a circular concourse extending in another perfect circle around the building, and a small ring of red seats around the ice. On the sides, a level of white and blue seats extend back circularly towards the roof. The building's only scoreclock is in the end, attached to the wall. Finally, high above the ice is a dome-like roof reminiscent of the Igloo in Pittsburgh. It's painted a dark midnight blue, which gives the impression that the rink might well have been a planetarium in a previous life.
In spite of its age, Maurice Richard Arena has only been used by the Q for almost three total seasons - part of 1978-79 by the Montreal Juniors (who also played at Arena Paul Sauvé and the Forum that year), and the first two years of the Montreal Rocket before they moved to the Bell Centre. The building has a lot going for it, being located right on a transit stop in the heart of the city, but with a low capacity and no luxury suites it would be difficult to conceive of it ever hosting the Q on a long-term basis.
Inside Maurice Richard Arena
What's the Arena Used for Today?
Maurice Richard Arena is the permanent training base of Canada's national speed skating team, and also hosts rec and figure skating and minor hockey. It was home to the boxing and wrestling during the 1976 Summer Olympics.
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