New Saint Mary’s University Arena: The Dauphinee Centre

Saint Mary’s University is building The Dauphinee Centre, a new on-campus arena, which will continue the University’s tradition of hockey excellence and community engagement. The facility is named 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.

  • Seating for 850 fans with ample standing room that brings the capacity to more than 1200 people.

  • A fully accessible elevator between floors

  • And six accessible changing rooms for visiting teams, community-based recreational sports groups, and summer camps.

Philanthropic Support Takes Arena to the Next Level

The Dauphinee Centre will also feature an upper-level warming room overlooking the ice surface, a pedway link to the Homburg Centre for Health & Wellness, and men’s and women’s varsity dressing rooms equal to the best junior hockey facilities in the country. These enhancements 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.

Playing in The Dauphinee Centre will feel like home. I think it will bring students, alumni, and the community together. It will allow those who live on campus or nearby to get out and experience a true university hockey game.”
— Anthony Repaci, Saint Mary’s University men’s hockey team.

Make Your Mark on Sport at Saint Mary’s

You can be a part of building a better athletic future by supporting The Dauphinee Centre. Your contribution will directly impact Saint Mary’s students by providing them with an updated facility on campus and enriched athletic and recreation opportunities. The Dauphinee Centre will also benefit greater Halifax as a centre that will be available to community sports teams and other groups.


Scott Gray
Director of Athletics & Recreation
Saint Mary’s University