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Canadian Tire Centre

Ottawa, ON

Home of the Ottawa 67's

2.9

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Canadian Tire Centre (map it)
1000 Palladium Dr
Ottawa, ON K2V 1A5
Canada


Ottawa 67's website

Canadian Tire Centre website

Year Opened: 1996

Capacity: 19,153

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Thanks, But We're Not Staying

The city of Ottawa has a bit of an extra buzz going on. The return of the CFL to the capital city has fans excited. What might be even more exciting is the refurbishing of Frank Clair Stadium to be brought up to modern standards and a total remodeling of Lansdowne Park. The newly minted TD Place Stadium will be the home of the Ottawa RedBlacks for the 2014 season. As part of the construction, the home of the OHL's Ottawa 67's was significantly disrupted. As a result, owner Jeff Hunt decided that he needed to move his team on a temporary basis. For the 2012 through 2014 seasons, the 67's have played at the Canadian Tire Centre, home of the Ottawa Senators of the NHL.

The 2014-2015 season will bring the 67's back to Lansdowne Park, under the football stands to the former Ottawa Civic Centre, which has been renamed again. Until the newly minted TD Place Arena is ready, the 67's are playing out of their comfort zone, outside of their neighbourhood to the big arena which houses Sens Army.

The 67's have been one of the staple franchises in the OHL. They have been one of the most successful franchises at the turnstiles in all of Canada. They have been blessed with a plethora of top notch NHL players over the years, including Adam Creighton, Darren Pang, Kevin Weekes, Doug Wilson, Gary Roberts, Kris Draper, Bill Clement, Bobby Smith, and Denis Potvin. They also can boast legendary OHL coach Brian Kilrea who was with the 67's for 35 years. Their success has also been on the ice with two Memorial Cup Championships and three J. Ross Robertson Cups as OHL champs. With all of this success, it has kept the 67's going during a very difficult period in their existence and makes the future bright for when they return to Lansdowne.

2.9

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

Moving to the Canadian Tire Centre has given the Ottawa 67 fans access to "major league" concessions that are available. All of the expected options are here, including Coca-Cola products.

You will want to consider grabbing yourself a poutine. Although the signage may not be clear, the poutine is from Smoke's Poutinerie, which has a presence on the upper floor for Senators games. The Triple Pork Poutine features pulled pork, bacon, and Italian sausage, and it is fantastic.

Some other options include Pizza Pizza, Tim Horton's, Chicken Chicken Express, and Burger Shack. There are a wide variety of beers that are also available that centre around Molson products as well as Rickard's. There are also a number of different restaurants that are available and provide individual menus. Bert's is a great selection and you may want to give the Chek Point a shot as well.

Atmosphere    2

The 67's are just visiting the Canadian Tire Centre and it shows. There is almost no sign that the 67's have played there for the past two seasons. The Canadian Tire Centre is an average looking building that will not blow you away from the outside, but has adequate aesthetics.

Inside, patrons are ushered in to the lower part of the arena, which isn't a bad thing as it may not really be accessible for most fans during a Senators game. There are a number of interesting pictures and murals in the lower concourses, but none of them have anything to do with the 67's.

Really the only sign that 67's are playing at the Canadian Tire Centre are the very small number of items that are available in the team store. In the seating bowl, there has been nothing done to make the massive arena feel quaint. Many junior hockey teams that play in major arenas will drape off the upper deck to make the arena feels smaller. The Edmonton Oil Kings do this and so do the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Canadian Tire Centre does not do this and the arena feels massive and cavernous, distracting from the hockey atmosphere.

Neighborhood    2

Located in the former independent city of Kanata (which is now part of Ottawa proper), the Canadian Tire Centre is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. There is some box store development that is in the surrounding area, but the arena is surrounded mainly by office buildings and car dealerships. There are a few options that have developed on the other side of the highway. You will mostly find chains including Jack Astor's, Boston Pizza, Kelsey's and Moxie's Classic Grill. The best bet might just be to stick around, or come early, and try one of the in house restaurants. Reservations are available on the Canadian Tire Centre website.

Fans    4

The Ottawa 67's fans are a hearty bunch. They have survived the team being moved a solid 27 km away from their once and future home. I was generally surprised to see the attendance figures have remained strong compared to the rest of the league. The figures have dropped a bit, but they are still averaging over 5,000 fans per game, and the team has not been too good in the last couple of years. It will be interesting to see what the numbers show when they return to Lansdowne. The fans that are present are knowledgeable and supportive of their team. There is a large number of young people that are in attendance.

Access    3

Getting to Canadian Tire Centre is not too difficult. It is located just south of Highway 417 in the suburb of Kanata. When you are there for a Senators game, getting out of the arena can be a real problem. With far fewer fans in the stands for the 67's it is not as difficult. Inside, most of the patrons are on the 100 level, which features fairly narrow concourses for a newer building.

Return on Investment    3

Generally speaking, OHL hockey provides a fantastic return on investment. With the 67's at Canadian Tire Centre the story is a bit different. The biggest differences are in the concessions and parking. With any major league venue comes major league concession prices. That is to be expected. However, the $8 for parking, although significantly cheaper than the Senators, is still really high compared to most junior teams. Tickets are still a very reasonable price, under $20, and the action that you will get is fantastic.

Extras    2

An extra mark is granted for the best video board in all of junior hockey. Possibly the biggest positive about the Canadian Tire Centre for the 67's.

An extra mark for the very unique "barber shop pole" uniforms that the 67's continue to feature. The red, white, and black striped uniforms are from a nearly forgotten period in hockey history.

Final Thoughts

The tenure of the Ottawa 67's at Canadian Tire Centre is nearly ended and they will soon return to their old/new home at Lansdowne Park. The team has done a great job of surviving on nearly foreign ice. Fans have waited patiently and hopefully will be rewarded with a better experience at TD Place Arena.

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