Consolidated Credit Union Place

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Consolidated Credit Union Place
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Address511 Notre Dame Street
Location Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Owner City of Summerside
Capacity Summerside Capitals Hockey 4,228
Basketball 4,532
Volleyball in Stadium 4,528
Volleyball in Ice Pad 920 Swimming 400
Concert- Normal 4,197
Concert- End Stage 4,797
Concert- Center Stage 6,728
Construction
Broke groundOctober 20, 2002
OpenedMarch 1, 2007
Construction cost C$42.5 million
ArchitectWHW Architects
Tenants
Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) (2007-present)
Summerside Storm (NBL Canada) (2011-2013)

Consolidated Credit Union Place (formerly known as the Summerside Wellness Centre) is a multi purpose facility that opened in two stages in April 2006 in the City of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada. It contains an aquatics centre, meeting and convention rooms, a fitness centre, two NHL size ice surface arenas, bowling lanes and an indoor walking track. The swimming portion (Phase 1) consists of a 25 metre competition pool, pleasure pool, a water slide, a water mushroom, a hot tub, steam room, and sauna. There is also a conference centre over 4,000 square feet (370 m2) in size, and Iron Haven Gym, with two squash courts and weight lifting equipment. The second portion (Phase 2), the Arenas, were designed to replace Cahill Stadium and Steele Arena.

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Beginning in the fall of 2011, the venue was home to the Summerside Storm of the National Basketball League of Canada until the team relocated to the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown.

History

Main arena, with the main entrance/pool/fitness centre to the rear, bowling alley and VIP boxes to the right and second ice pad to the left Swc1.JPG
Main arena, with the main entrance/pool/fitness centre to the rear, bowling alley and VIP boxes to the right and second ice pad to the left

The 3,728 seat arena opened March 1, 2007, featuring a game between divisional rivals: the Summerside Capitals, and Charlottetown Abbies. The Capitals won the game 11–3 in front of 3,417 fans. The ice surface measures 200 x 85 Ft (61 x 26 m). The rink has ten luxury boxes lining the east wall, and has 8-foot (2.4 m) high glass surrounding the entire ice surface. The rink employs angled lights for the benefit of players in sports such as volleyball, so the lights do not shine into their eyes, and the scoreboard retracts into the rafters quite easily for shows requiring a high ceiling, such as a Monster Truck event. There is also a running track at the top of the seating bowl. These features make no difference for the game of hockey, but make the facility much more attractive in its mission of being a multifunction facility. The secondary ice surface consists of a 200 x 85 Ft (61 x 26 m) rink, as well as bleacher style seating for approximately seven hundred people. The secondary ice surface opened March 2, 2007. A new set of bowling lanes was opened in the facility as a replacement to the old lanes at Cahill Stadium.

There was a large explosion on the roof during construction, setting the construction back many months. The facility cost the City of Summerside approximately C$36 million, shared between the Municipal, Provincial, and Federal Governments.

The venue hosted the first ever National Hockey League game in Prince Edward Island when the Florida Panthers played the New York Islanders on September 27, 2008. The Islanders won the game 4–2 in front of three thousand and twenty nine spectators. [1] On December 16 and 17 the CJHL Skills Competition and the Prospects game was held, seeing home town player Harrison McIver and Summerside Capitals Head Coach Kenny MacDougall being involved with team east. Team east won the skills competition 51-44 and won the Prospects game 6–3 in front of just over 1,000 people.

Events

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Forecourt and main entrance

On September 14 and 15, 2011, Elton John performed sold-out shows at Credit Union Place as part of his tour of the Canadian Maritime Provinces.

2014 Events

Bryan Adams, Gordon Lightfoot, Toby Keith

2013 Events

Alan Jackson, Sting, Reba McEntire

2012 Events

John Mellencamp, Bryan Adams, Hedley, Charlie Pride

2011 Events

Harlem Globe Trotters, Rev Up Auto Show (Car Show), Joel Plaskett – in Concert, RCMP Musical Ride, Slowcoaster – in Concert, Summerside Lobster Carnival, Neverest – in Concert, These Kids Wear Crowns – In Concert, Alyssa Reid – In Concert, Playdates – In Concert, Hey Rosetta – In Concert, Boxer the Horse – In Concert, April Wine – In Concert, Racoon Bandit – In Concert, Elton John – In Concert (2 shows, both sold out), Jerry Seinfeld – In Concert Grand Slam of Curling Event, the Players Championship

2010 Events

Atlantic Minor Midget "AAA" Hockey Championships, Steve Miller Band Live – in Concert, Relay for Life, Provincial Health Expo, Joel Plaskett – in Concert, The Stampeders – in Concert, Matt Andersen – in Concert, Cirque Festival, Summerside Lobster Carnival, The Trews – in Concert, Down With Webster – in Concert, Catherine Maclellan – in Concert, ELLIS FAMILY BAND/EDGE/Nathan Wiley – in Concert, Eastern Canadian Bantam Girls Softball Championships, Atlantic Canadian Peewee Baseball Championships, UPEI VS St Mary's, Men's University Hockey

2009 Events

John Fogerty – in Concert (Sold Out), 2009 International Snowmobile Congress, 2009 Canadian National Arm Wrestling Championships, 2009 Atlantic Kart Racing Series, The Beach Boys – in Concert, Stompin' Tom Connors – in Concert, 2009 Canada Summer Games, 2009 Maritime Junior Hockey League Showcase, 2009 World Junior A Challenge

2008 Events

NHL Exhibition Game – New York Islanders VS. Florida Panthers, George Thorogood – in Concert, Monster Trucks – Monster Spectacular, Arena Cross – Stuntapalooza, Blind Boys of Alabama – in Concert, 2008 Atlantic Arm Wrestling Championships, 2008 Atlantic Kart Racing Series, Cirque Estivale, Kenny Rogers – in Concert, 2008 Maritime Junior Hockey League Showcase, 2008 Canadian Junior Hockey League Prospects Game

2007 Events

NHL – New York Islanders Blue/White Game, QMJHL – Cavendish Cup PEI Rocket vs. Moncton Wildcats, Trooper – in Concert, QMJHL – St Johns Fog Devils Training Camp, Charlie Pride – in Concert [2]

Name change and slogan

On Friday, February 29, 2008 the City of Summerside announced a ten-year deal that would see the Credit Union have the rights to the naming of the facility. This name replaced Summerside Wellness Centre. Another part of the deal saw all Credit Union members from around the world receive a 20% discount on public events. When Credit Union received naming right to the facility, they created a newly designed logo and slogan, "It all happens here".

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