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Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Canada

June 16th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Copps Coliseum is a sports and entertainment arena with a capacity of 17,500 in Hamilton, Ontario. It is named after the former Hamilton mayor, Victor K. Copps.

Construction began in 1983 and was completed in 1985 at a cost of $33.5 million, and an addition $2.3 million for a parking garage. The scoreboard clock was originally from the Winnipeg Arena, purchased for $214,000. Although it was not brand new, the scoreboard clock, would meet the needs of Copps Coliseum.

Copps Coliseum was built in the hope that Hamilton could draw an NHL or WHA franchise, something that never materialized. The arena has hosted the Canada Cup hockey tournament and was the site of Mario Lemieux's famous goal in 1987 that beat the Soviets 6-5. It did attract the WWF Royal Rumble in 1988, however.

In 1990 Copps Coliseum hosted the Memorial Cup. The tournament that year set the highest attendance record for any single Memorial Cup game, on May 13th, 1990 at 17,383 spectators. In that same championship game, the Oshawa Generals defeated the Kitchener Rangers by a score of 4 to 3 in double overtime on a goal by Bill Armstrong.

In 2007, from March 3rd to March 11th, Copps Coliseum will host the Tim Hortons Brier, the annual Canadian men's curling championship.

The arena's primary tenant today is the American Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs. Previous Ontario Hockey League tennants include the Hamilton Steelhawks (1985-1988) and Dukes of Hamilton (1989-1990).

(Source: Wikipedia)

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