The Civic Centre arena is the current home of the Ottawa 67's of the OHL. It is the former home of the Ottawa Senators of the NHL (1992-1995), the Ottawa Nationals of the WHA (1972-1973), the Ottawa Civics of the WHA (1976), and the Ottawa Rebel of the NLL (2002-2003).
Dominion Bridge was the supplier of the huge steel girders for the arena and stadium's frame, some so large they had to be brought to the site by barge, up the Ottawa River and down the Rideau Canal. According to Dominion Bridge "the most striking feature of the unique design concept is a giant overhanging roof reaching out 170 degrees from atop eight massive steel A-frames."
It opened on December 29, 1967, though seating was not complete, for an Ottawa 67s game versus the Montreal Junior Canadiens. Seats were taken temporarily from the Coliseum building nearby. The football stadium and arena complex was Ottawa's official "Centennial Project." Federal government grant money depended on the facility opening in 1967, and construction was rushed to meet the deadline.
The arena was renovated and seating increased in 1992 in order to temporarily accommodate the Ottawa Senators of the NHL. Luxury boxes were hung from the ceiling over 3/4 of the bowl and all seats except for the club seats were narrowed slightly in order to increase capacity to over 10,000. The seats were replaced in 2005 and wider seats were installed, thus reducing capacity to under 10,000 again.
Both Worlds provided memorable moments in sports. In 1978 Vern Taylor performed the first 'Triple Axel' jump in competition. In 1984, the Canadian pair's champions Barbara Underhill and Paul Martini won the Championship in dramatic fashion:
“After a disappointing Olympics in Sarajevo, Barbara and Paul seriously contemplated retiring from skating before World's. However, advised by their friend Brian Orser to put on her old skate boots, Barbara and Paul were propelled onto the ice, onto the podium and into history. Their flawless program is considered one of the great Canadian sporting moments and gave Canada a national thrill.”
In the 1970s, the arena was home to two WHA professional teams, the Ottawa Nationals and Ottawa Civics. Both did not survive in Ottawa for more than a season. The Nationals played for one regular season, but played their playoffs in Toronto and moved to Toronto to become the Toros. The Civics were a transplanted Denver Spurs team that played half a season in Ottawa before disbanding.
Starting in 1992, the revived Ottawa Senators NHL franchise used the arena for 3 and a half seasons. For the start of the 1992-93 season, the arena was refurbished for the Senators, adding seats and 32 private boxes.
The Civic Centre arena will be used for games of the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.
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