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Prospera Place

Kelowna, BC

Home of the Kelowna Rockets

3.7

3.7

Prospera Place (map it)
1223 Water St
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9V1
Canada


Kelowna Rockets website

Prospera Place website

Year Opened: 1999

Capacity: 6,286

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A History of Rockets

Prospera Place, home of the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets, is a 6,286-capacity arena and was exclusively built for the Rockets. Prospera Place opened in 1999 as Skyreach Place and was renamed in 2003.

The Kelowna Rockets were WHL Champions in 2003, 2005, 2009, and 2015. They hoisted the Memorial Cup, the top prize in all Canadian Junior Hockey, in 2004. Banners hang from the rafters of Prospera Place noting all the B.C. Division Championships, WHL Championships, and of course the 2004 Memorial Cup Banner.

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    3

Prospera Place offers the food you would expect from any arena you visit. From hot dogs to pretzels and everything in between.

Prospera Place concession stands only accept Canadian cash so that means no credit/debit cards are accepted and if you are visiting from the United States, you are going to need to have some Canadian funds on you to use at the concession stands.

The concession stands really do not offer anything that pops to the eye, but most of the options seemed to be made correctly and not burnt/overdone or undercooked. All the concession stands generally offer the same thing you can get at any other stand around the arena.

The major soda brand served inside Prospera Place is Pepsi and it is served by fountain only. Beer and wine are also served throughout the arena and they also serve Duke's Cider. My recommendation for food would be a pretzel. It is very good and you get a good sized one for a good bargain.

Atmosphere    4

Prospera Place offers a fantastic view of the ice from pretty much anywhere you sit throughout the arena. You will not go wrong visiting this arena for a hockey game.

The seating layout is a single bowl format that banks towards the ice very nicely for good sightlines of the action. The width of the seats are good, but they are plastic (unless in club seating) and do not have cup holders to hold your drinks. The ice seems to be in extremely good shape and is upkept very nicely.

The mascot for the Kelowna Rockets is Rocky the Racoon. He enters from the zamboni gate on an ATV. The team enters through a gigantic dragon's head complete with fog and strobe lights. The overall sound quality is okay, at times it is difficult to hear the PA announcer. On screen displays try to get the crowd to make noise throughout the game.

The scoreboard is located above center ice and features the time left, score, penalty time, and four video boards that face each seating section. Great replay angles, including one above the goal, catch the action from every angle. The shots on goal are located on the wall behind each end the goalies are on. Music is frequently played between each stoppage.

There are three seating options inside of Prospera Place, you have regular seating, club seating, and the seating inside of Manhattan Point. Manhattan Point offers a ticket to the game as well as a full buffet.

My recommendation for seating would be in section 105 that way you get an entire view of the ice during play. This is especially important if you are someone who likes to sit closer to the glass. I didn't really find any spots that were bad but I am not sure if Manhattan Point would be the best place to catch the game.

Neighborhood    5

Prospera Place is located in a busy area of Kelowna, British Columbia. It provides a great supply of restaurants, local pubs, a casino, and hotels near the arena. You will feel safe in this area of Kelowna.

There are plenty of restaurants and pubs located around Prospera Place. One located within walking distance (right across the street) is OAK + CRU Social Kitchen & Wine Bar. There is also Waterfront Wines, The Train Station Pub, BNA Brewing Company, Manhattan Point Restaurant, Rose's Waterfront Pub, and of course there is a Tim Horton's located right off BC-97 in West Kelowna (about 10 minutes away).

The Lake City Casino is located directly across the street from Prospera Place so if you are into gambling, then this is the place for you.

Lodging near the arena is decent. The Delta Grand Okanagan Resort by Marriott is located right across the street from the arena. This is my recommendation for a place to stay at while visiting Kelowna. The lake view rooms provide stunning views of Okanagan Lake. Besides the Delta, you have the Royal Anne Hotel near the arena as well.

Fans    5

Prospera Place is home to fans that are very knowledgeable about the sport of hockey. If their team is losing, they tell it like it is. Like any fan base, they get rowdy when a call does not go their way and of course when their team is struggling.

The Rockets match-up well when it comes to attendance at Prospera Place which seems to be trending upward with the team doing so well in recent memory. The stadium is generally at or near capacity for their games. Obviously, weekend games draw more people compared to weekday games for many reasons.

This crowd can get loud when prompted but during play, they are like any other hockey crowd, paying attention to the game being played on the ice. The fans are very engaged throughout the game. Fans also are not very intimidating so if you are a visiting fan, don't feel afraid to come here. The fans seem to be very welcoming.

Access    4

Prospera Place is very easy to get to if you are in the Kelowna area but not necessarily staying near the arena. Once inside though, moving around the concourse can be tricky.

BC Transit offers a stop near Prospera Place but not in front of it. The #5 bus is the one that stops near the arena. How much time it could take to get to Prospera Place via BC Transit depends are where you are staying. Check BC Transit's website to get the best idea of when to head down to the arena. The nearest airport is Kelowna International Airport.

Parking is dependent on where you decide to park. Parking in the lot of Prospera Place is $15 (remember these prices are Canadian). Other prices vary from $7-$10. Traffic flow is good but after the game there can be snarl ups from everyone leaving.

Gate #1 is at the front of Prospera Place and is the best way to enter. Security stands near the gates but just provides a presence at the arena entrance. If you purchase your tickets online, you have the option of will call, print at home, or mobile delivery (paperless). You can also purchase tickets at the box office at Prospera Place.

Moving around Prospera Place is extremely difficult during intermissions. The concourse is crammed in tight. The main concourse does not have a view of the playing surface. If you are walking around the concourse, beware walking by the locker room areas as they provide a very potent smell from the players walking to their perspective locker rooms. Kids can greet the players as they are headed onto the ice or when they are coming off. The restrooms are okay. They aren't the best and cleanliness is left to be desired.

Handicap accessible parking is available in the parking lot of Prospera Place, but moving around the arena could be challenging for those using wheelchairs or needing an extra hand.

Return on Investment    4

The overall return on investment is very good. You get to watch a hockey game in a fantastic building for good prices both in tickets and in concessions.

The ticket prices range from $24-$65. My recommendation for seating would be in sections 104, 105, and 106 especially if you are a visiting fan as that is the end your team would be shooting twice. A pretzel is $3.75 and a large fountain soda is $4.75. Parking is a little bit expensive in my opinion. $15 seems excessive for parking at this type of event. No game programs are given out but they do give you roster sheets for free at the entrance to Prospera Place.

Finding a different place to park besides the parking lot at Prospera Place will save you a few bucks, so does eating before you get to the arena especially if you are not wanting the same old arena food.

Extras    1

There is a Kelowna Rockets team store located inside of Prospera Place. Staff is very friendly throughout the building as well and can help you locate your seat if you are lost.

Final Thoughts

Kelowna's Prospera Place is an arena filled with great fans and offers a great atmosphere. You will not go wrong visiting this arena for a hockey game.

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Crowd Reviews

A History of Rockets

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 1

Prospera Place, home of the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets, is a 6,286-capacity arena, was exclusively built for the Rockets. Prospera Place was opened in 1999 as Skyreach Place and was renamed in 2003.

The Kelowna Rockets were WHL Champions in 2003, 2005, 2009, and 2015. They hoisted the Memorial Cup, the top prize in all Canadian Junior Hockey, in 2004. Banners hang from the rafters of Prospera Place noting all the B.C. Division Championships, WHL Championships, and of course the 2004 Memorial Cup Banner.

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Montana’s BBQ and Bar  (map it!)

1500 Banks Road

Kelowna, BC V1X 7Y1

(250) 861-7888

http://www.montanas.ca/

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Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort  (map it!)

1310 Water Street

Kelowna, BC V1Y 9P3

(250) 763-4500

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ylwok-delta-hotels-grand-okanagan-resort/

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