Saint Mary’s University is building a new on-campus arena.
The facility will be named The Dauphinee Centre, in honour of the late Bob Dauphinee, a Saint Mary’s alumnus and community champion, who donated $2 million for an arena through his estate.
The Dauphinee Centre will feature an NHL-sized ice surface with seating and sightlines designed to enhance the fan experience. The centre will have seating for 850 fans with ample standing room that brings the capacity to more than 1200 people. The building is fully-accessible with an elevator between floors and six accessible changing rooms for visiting teams, community-based recreational sports groups and summer camps.
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The centre will also feature an upper-level warming room with an attached fan room overlooking the ice surface, a pedway link to the Homburg Centre for Health & Wellness, and men’s and women’s varsity dressing rooms that are equal to the best junior hockey facilities in the country. These enhancements to the project were made possible by a generous gift of $2 million from local entrepreneurs Glen and Nancy Holmes, parents of two current Saint Mary’s students. Glen and Nancy Holmes are the owners of Pseudio, Samuel & Co and Envy.
The arena will support Saint Mary's varsity athletes and coaches, and will enrich athletics and recreation opportunities for all Saint Mary’s students. It will also benefit the greater Halifax, as centre that is available to community sports teams and other groups. The new arena will continue Saint Mary’s tradition of hockey excellence and community engagement and is being constructed on the same site as the former arena.
April 18: Construction fencing erected
April 2: Alumni Arena decommissioned
March 23: Board of Governors approves arena project
June 18: The design, renderings and name are unveiled
July 30: First concrete pours begin
Sept 17: Exterior wall placement begins
Sept 26: Time-lapse of the exterior wall placement
Oct 11: Fence signage installed for Homecoming 2018
Jan 4: Significant progress on the exterior, roof supports
Feb 1: Support structure for the Pseudio Link is in place