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TD Place Arena

Ottawa, ON

Home of the Ottawa 67's

3.7

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TD Place Arena (map it)
1015 Bank St
Ottawa, ON K1S 3W7
Canada


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Year Opened: 1967

Capacity: 9,862

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There's No Place Like Home

The year 2014 saw the Ottawa 67’s make a triumphant return to their true home. After being displaced for two seasons, the Ontario Hockey League team once again took up residence at their home at Lansdowne Park. The 67’s were exiled to the far reaches of the city in Kanata, at the Canadian Tire Centre to make way for the construction and renovation of the park and accompanying stadium to make way for the return of CFL football to the Nation’s Capital. The renovations are nearly complete as Lansdowne Park received a complete overhaul. In the meantime, hockey has made a full-fledged return to the former Ottawa Civic Centre. All has not been rosy for the 67’s upon their return and owner Jeff Hunt and his team have been forced to make some adjustments.

The 67's are one of the staple franchises of the current OHL. Named after the year of Canadian independence (1867), and founded in Canada's centennial year, the 67's have appeared in four Memorial Cups (CHL), winning two, while also winning three J. Ross Robertson Cups as OHL Champions. The 67's are known throughout the OHL and Canadian Hockey League for their "barbershop pole" uniforms, featuring a jersey full of wide horizontal striping, and their association with retired Hockey Hall of Fame Coach, and junior hockey legend, Brian Kilrea. Kilrea had been with the 67's as either a coach or executive for 35 years, and has been a favourite of Canadian hockey analyst, and lightning rod, Don Cherry.

The 67's have had their share of NHL stars come out of Ottawa including, Adam Creighton, Darren Pang, Kevin Weekes, Doug Wilson, Gary Roberts, Kris Draper, Bill Clement, Bobby Smith, and NHL Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin.

When the 67’s returned to the city-owned Lansdowne Park, they had been away two years and much has changed over that period of time. The neighbourhood has changed as well as the naming rights to the building. Now playing in the newly minted TD Place Arena, the 67’s have not exactly had the warm reception that they were hoping for. Attendance has dropped off over two years and as a result at the end of 2014 Jeff Hunt announced a series of price drops in hopes of luring fans back who once strayed. Time will tell how successful this response will be, but it is certain that the 67’s are thinking that there’s no place like home.

3.7

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    5

Concessions at TD Bank Arena are among the best in the entire league. The variety is significant and the quality is very good as well. You will definitely find a food item that will interest you.

Soda products are brought to you by Pepsi. There are also a number of alcoholic beverages available including Budweiser, Bud Light, Alexander Keith's, Corona, and Stella Artois. There are also Cider and Wine options available.

All of the expected food options are available of course, but there are a couple of options that you may wish to consider. You can find local favorite Gabriel Pizza at the Little Italy concession. Also, you should check out Chez Poutine. Here you will find a wide variety of this Canadian delicacy. You can get your regular poutine or pump it up with pulled pork, chili, cheese and fried jalapenos. Garlic Fries are also available at this stand. If you are more of a hot dog connoisseur, then you would want to check out Dog Wild, which offers a variety of specialty dogs. You can also find plastic cups at various concessions filled with candy, cookies or fruit or vegetables for those looking for a healthier option.

Atmosphere    4

Some of the upgrades in the arena can be seen in the overall atmosphere. TD Place Arena features an east-west orientation. Both the north and south concourses have been given a bit of a facelift and a fresh coat of paint. The north concourse is the main one and you will enter at this end of the arena.

One of the most unique features of TD Place Arena is that it is built directly beneath the grandstand of what was once Frank Clair Stadium, now known as TD Place Stadium. The majority of patrons of the 67's will sit on the north side, while the south side does offer some seating underneath the large bulkhead which houses the seats for the football stadium.

The south concourse is brand new and features an open view to the ice, as well as some tall tables to eat at and still catch the action. Natural light is let in by the glass doors on the south side of the south concourse, which looks out to the football field. The south concourse also features some historic pictures from Lansdowne Park, the arena and stadium. The north concourse features a variety of inflatable games for the kids to play. It is clear that owner Jeff Hunt is doing all he can to cross-brand the 67's with his Ottawa RedBlacks of the CFL and Ottawa Fury of the NASL.

Inside the seating bowl, new burgundy padded seats are found all around. The backdrop for everything is black. The ceiling is black and there are black curtains around the upper rows on the north, east and west sides of the building, bringing the attendance down.

There is no traditional scoreboard hanging above the ice as there once was. The old scoreboard has been replaced by two simple scoreboards as well as three videoboards that are on the south bulkhead.

A huge, glaring omission is the removal of the banners for the 67's championships as well as those honoured numbers of Peter Lee, Doug Wilson, Denis Potvin and Bobby Smith. Hopefully they will be making their return to the seating bowl where they should be. Also, at the time of writing, it was clear that there were a number of luxury boxes that were still in mid-construction and not ready to be used by the public.

Neighborhood    4

Lansdowne Park is located in The Glebe neighbourhood of Ottawa. The neighbourhood has undergone significant changes over the past few years, especially with the changes to Lansdowne.

There are a wide variety of food and beverage options in the neighbourhood that are worth checking out. The upgraded Lansdowne Park brought with it the creation of The Shops at Lansdowne. In the shops there are a few brand new options for you pre and postgame festivities. These include recognized chains like Jack Astor's and Milestones. There are also a number of original options including Joey Lansdowne, Local Public Eatery and South Street Burger.

In the surrounding neighbourhood there are also some other options including Irene's Pub, Arrow & Loon, 107 4th Avenue Wine Bar and Cafe, Georgetown Sports Pub and Corner Bar and Grill. With construction finally coming to an end, the neighbourhood is improving all the time.

There are a vast number of things to do in Ottawa as a tourist. First and foremost may be to skate on the Rideau Canal, which is located at the south end of Lansdowne Park. This is THE thing to do in Ottawa in the winter time. Of course, you may want to check out the Parliament Buildings which houses the Canadian Federal Government. There are also a plethora of museums around the city for you to check out. Some you may consider include the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Canada Science and Technology Museum and Canadian War Museum.

As for sports there are a large number of other options available which you could package together into a great sporting weekend. Lansdowne Park is also the home of the Ottawa RedBlacks of the CFL and Ottawa Fury of the NASL. Ending in the 2014 season, the 67's shared a home at Canadian Tire Centre with the NHL's Ottawa Senators. If you are looking for some more junior hockey, you can hop across the river and see the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL. Some of the best basketball in the country is played in Ottawa at University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

Fans    3

At one point, Ottawa was in the top 3 teams in attendance in the entire Canadian Hockey League. The two year move out to Canadian Tire Centre really hurt the 67's, dropping their average attendance from over 6,500 in 2011-2012 down to just over 4,300 in 2013-2014. One would have thought that the fans would have flocked back to TD Place Arena to see the return of the 67's, however that has not been the case. At the time of writing, the 67's were averaging just over 3,700 fans for the 2014-2015 season, which puts them in the bottom half of the OHL. This drop is significant and makes one worry about the long term future of the 67's as they compete with the NHL's Senators in a crowded sports market.

Jeff Hunt's reaction to lower concession, parking and ticket prices is the proper response based on patron complaints. Whether this will bring fans back up to arena and send the 67's back to the top end of the OHL in attendance, only time will tell. The fans that are in attendance are fairly quiet just like Senators fans, however they know their hockey and are up for making noise when it is warranted.

Access    3

Getting to the 67's game is much easier than getting to a RedBlacks game. There is actually parking available for hockey games for the regular fan as opposed to no availability for football. Parking fees have dropped and patrons may now pre-purchase parking for $8. This is pretty high compared to many other OHL venues where you can often find free parking, or parking less than $5.

Parking at Lansdowne is in the underground garage. Unfortunately, the garage is a ridiculously crazy maze which is difficult to get around for the first timer. The Glebe neighbourhood association has pushed through bylaws which make parking on the street very difficult and there are few to no surface lots.

On the plus side, however, public transit is free with your 67's game ticket. Route 1 and 7 travel Bank Street and drive right past Lansdowne Park. Inside TD Place Arena, there is plenty of space for the fan to travel the concourse and the washroom facilities are adequate.

Return on Investment    4

OHL hockey is a great investment for your entertainment dollar. The players at this level are young and hungry and are consistently pushing to make it to the next level. Ticket prices for the 67's are now at $25, $22 or $18 with seniors and children getting discounts also. Parking is on the high side at $8 when prepaid, however you could take public transit for free. Concession prices are also decent. Compared to some professional sports, OHL hockey is a serious bargain. It will be interesting to see if the price drops that the 67's put together have a positive effect on the program.

Extras    3

An extra mark for the 67's and their support of Smiths Falls youth hockey player Neil Doef. Neil suffered a spinal injury and has been overwhelmed with an outpouring of support especially from the Ottawa community and 67's.

An extra mark for the original song that the 67's play after a goal.

An extra mark for the "Barbershop Pole" jerseys that the 67's have worn since their inception.

Final Thoughts

What was once a power on and off the ice in the OHL is having to do a bit of a rebuild after their time away. There is no doubt that the time the Ottawa 67's spent away from TD Place Arena was necessary and the organization is happy to be home. However a couple of adjustments have been made and we will see if the 67's can reclaim their spot among the elite businesses of the OHL.

Follow all of Dave Cottenie's travels on twitter @profan9.

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Crowd Reviews

What's In a Name?

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

The J. Benson Cartage Centre. Never heard of it? How about the Rona Centre? No? What about the Urbandale Centre? No luck there either? All three arenas are one and the same and lead to the most unique naming rights situation in all of sports.

Currently the J. Benson Cartage Centre refers to what is commonly known as the Ottawa Civic Centre. This arena sits in controversial Lansdowne Park in the Canadian Capital City of Ottawa. It is the former home of the Ottawa Senators and current home of the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Ottawa Civic Centre is owned by the City of Ottawa, but for a minimal cost, your company can enter a draw to have the Ottawa Civic Centre renamed for your company for the next Ottawa 67's season. The owner of the 67's, Jeff Hunt, has created this unique naming situation and used it more as a reward for long-time sponsors and suppliers rather than a giant money-making scheme. Entry in the draw last year was merely the price of 2 season tickets, and a suite for one-night. J. Benson Cartage was the winner this past year, while other winners have included Rona Home Centres and Urbandale Construction.

The 67's are one of the staple franchises of the current OHL. Named after the year of Canadian independence (1867), and founded in Canada's 100th birthday year, the 67's have appeared in 4 Memorial Cups, winning 2, and winning 3 J. Ross Robertson Cups as OHL Champions. The 67's are known throughout the OHL and Canadian Hockey League for their "barber shop pole" uniforms, featuring a jersey full of wide horizontal striping, and their association with recently retired Hockey Hall of Fame Coach, and junior hockey legend, Brian Kilrea. Kilrea had been with the 67's as either a coach or executive for 35 years, and has been a favourite of Canadian hockey analyst, and lightning rod, Don Cherry.

The 67's have had their share of NHL stars come out of Ottawa including, Adam Creighton, Darren Pang, Kevin Weekes, Doug Wilson, Gary Roberts, Kris Draper, Bill Clement, Bobby Smith, and NHL Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin.

Since taking over the team, owner Jeff Hunt has provided fans with one of the more unique OHL experiences, and has pushed the 67's back to the forefront of OHL relevance.

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