Memorial Arena - Penticton, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 49° 29.684 W 119° 36.191
11U E 311499 N 5485712
Quick Description: Memorial Arena was, for 57 years, the major ice arena and entertainment venue in the city of Penticton.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 1/13/2016 9:17:50 PM
Waymark Code: WMQ974
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7
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Long Description:
This 2,212-seat multi-purpose arena was built in 1951 as a memorial to all the soldiers who served in time of war, and especially to those who did not return. Over the east entrance is what we assume to be the original neon sign for the arena, with green lettering on a dark background. At the bottom right is a blue lettered maple leaf, the team colour of the Vees. The second sign, to the right of the original, "Home of the Valley First Vees", was added later. It's now out of date, as the Vees now play in the adjacent Southern Okanagan Event Centre, with more than twice the seating capacity of Memorial arena.

For many years the arena was home to the Penticton Vees ice team, winners of the Allan Cup in 1954, symbolic of senior men's hockey supremacy in Canada. The next year, 1955, the Vees won the World Hockey Championship. The arena offers public skating, hockey camps and clinics for all ages, presented by the Okanagan Hockey School, pickup hockey for all ages, figure skating clinics and is the home of several minor hockey teams. Nearby, in the concourse of the Southern Okanagan Event Centre is the home of the BC hockey hall of fame.

Until the opening of the nearby 5,000 seat South Okanagan Events Centre in 2008, Memorial Arena was the major ice arena and entertainment venue in Penticton. The arena has been incorporated into the South Okanagan Events Centre Complex.


A LIVING MEMORIAL

TO THE MEMORY OF ALL THOSE WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY
AND ESPECIALLY TO THOSE WHO DID NOT RETURN
THIS ARENA IS GRATEFULLY DEDICATED BY THE
CITIZENS OF
PENTICTON AND DISTRICT
NOVEMBER 1951

LEST WE FORGET

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Name of business: Penticton Memorial Arena

Type of business: Bowling Alley/Recreation Facility

Condition of Neon Sign: Daylight - Can't tell

Physical Location:
399 Power Street
Penticton, BC Canada
V2A 5A9


Web Address: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
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