Dalhousie Event Centre

Vision

Background

Dalhousie University demolished the former Memorial Arena in 2012 and currently leases ice time at the Halifax Forum for intramural, club and varsity ice sport use.

A comprehensive physical plan for the department of Athletics and Recreation was completed folllowing the momentum of the new Fitness Centre, Dalplex Fieldhouse Floor Renewal, and Sexton Campus Recreation renovations. The Plan identifies an arena facility (now conceived as the Dalhousie Event Centre) as the highest priority physical requirement for the department of Athletics and Recreation.

Continuing to rent time at the Halifax Forum does not present an attractive opportunity to Dalhousie Athletics and Recreation. This is due to the physical separation from the campus (4 kms) and the positive impact of recreational facilities for students both on and near campus. Dalhousie Athletics indicated that, since demolishing the Memorial Arena in 2012, there has been a 55% reduction in the number of students that particpate in ice recreation due to:

  • the lack of available ice time;
  • poor availability of primetime ice hours; and
  • the physical distance from campus

 

Proposal

A schematic plan for the Dalhousie Event Centre at a Studley Campus site has been prepared. The site location connects the proposed new Dalhousie Event Centre to the LeMarchant Place atrium - as originally intended prior to demolishing the Memorial Arena in 2012. One of the entrances to the new Event Centre will utilize the existing LeMarchant Place entrance and access will be gained from the shared atrium. The primary entrance will be accessed from South Street.

The Event Centre will consist of an NHL-regulation sized ice sheet with six community change rooms and two dedicated varsity change rooms - one women's and one men's. The Centre will include approximately 1,000 spectator seats capable of supplying sufficient seating for Varsity hockey or other events such as conferences. The space plan also includes an event room, lobby, food service offerings, and an opportunity for the Dalhousie Physiotherapy Clinic to relocate from Dalplex to the new Event Centre.

Project overview

Location: 1246 LeMarchant Street, Halifax, NS (adjacent to LeMarchant Place building)

Budget: TBD

Project Status

The Dalhousie Event Centre project was approved by Dalhousie's Board of Governors on June 22, 2021. Read the memo from Director of Athletics & Recreation Tim Maloney.

The Dalhousie Event Centre project is currently entering the Implementation Phase. Tender documents will be released via Dalhousie Bids & Tenders website.

Fundraising is ongoing.