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03-10-2006, 08:47 PM
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The old Winnipeg Arena

Came across the post on another forum, it's the demolish of the old Winnipeg Areana. Alot of hockey history in that barn, I even saw my first NHL game there.

Interesting pictures though, maybe worth checking out for some.

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=98114


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Great memories of that place. The noise was incredible - I'll never forget the white outs. The Jets left town right when I was getting old enough to start going to games on my own and becomming a customer, I would kill to be a season ticket holder today.

The dancing weiner, the queen and all the burnt out light bulbs on the scorebord... Things I'll always remember.

The best memory I have is from the '91 (I think) playoffs when Dave Ellett beat Bill Ranford with a screamer from the point in double OT to give the Jets a 3-1 series lead. It was their last win, and the Oilers went on to come back and win the Cup. When that goal went in, I was in the upper deck with my family and the crowd erruption caused the entire deck to shake and move. As a 12 year old I found that pretty scary.

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Loved that building. Lots of terrific hockey even though I was sometimes sitting where the sight lines were less than ideal.

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Bittersweet for sure.

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Ah, the old 'Peg Arena! Saw my first 4 professional games there (3 of them WHA). The Golden Jet, Joe Daley, Anders Hedberg, etc...

My first game we had SRO seats behind a pole in the corner, but I still thought it was great, cause Bobby Hull was playing!

I was there for the 3rd-to-last ever Jets game in 1996 (Detroit-Winnipeg) and bought one of those "Thanks For The Memories" shirts. Still gets a thumbs-up around here when I wear it!

And we were there for my 40th birthday to see the Moose play (in a blizzard, no less). Lots of memories of that place, even though I'm not from Winnipeg.

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I played a game there.

Was tremendous. Won't ever forget it.

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The MTS Centre is awesome and the old Arena was a barn, but that special charm was a one of a kind.

I'll also never forget the WJHC there in '99, the white-out for the gold medal game was nuts.

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I used to sell popcorn there for a couple years...walking down that steep north end with a tray of popcorn blocking your feet was kinda scary
but the loudest I've ever seen it was when the Donny Lalonde vs Sugar Ray fight was broadcast there. When Donny knocked him down the place erupted The whole building shook!

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It's things like this that make me wish I was Canadian.

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Here are some pictures from yesterday's implosion:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gfroese...7594090951746/

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Originally Posted by Lance Peepeetch
Came across the post on another forum, it's the demolish of the old Winnipeg Areana. Alot of hockey history in that barn, I even saw my first NHL game there.

Interesting pictures though, maybe worth checking out for some.

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=98114

The steep upper deck seats on the sides remind me of the old Boston Garden(and its demolition). I had Bruins tickets in balcony 98.

http://rdrewjr.tripod.com/Website%20...dexgarden2.htm


P.S. For what it's worth, here is a picture of Matthews Arena at Northeastern University in Boston, the oldest indoor ice arena in the U.S. It will be in use for the foreseeable future.

http://gonu.com/facilities/matthews.html

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