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Sarnia Sting

Arena Name: Sarnia Arena
Capacity: 2100
Built: 1948
Last Game: 1997
Address: 134 Brock St. S., Sarnia, Ontario, N7T 2W2
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Sarnia Arena
Sarnia Arena
What was the Arena Like?
The Sarnia Arena was built in 1948 and is the definition of the old community barn. It's located in a residential area adjacent to Sarnia's downtown. The arena was never really designed for the OHL, and one of the conditions of allowing the Newmarket Royals to move to Sarnia in the mid-90's was that the Sarnia Arena be only a temporary home for the Sting while a new arena was being constructed. When the SSEC was finished, the Sarnia Arena went back to its position as an old-style community rink, home to minor hockey and Junior B.

From the outside the Arena is a big-looking building with a high-arched ceiling. It looks like an old barn, much like the Windsor Arena. Once inside the main door the lobby has a snack bar and a few amenities, but surprisingly, there's no lower concourse. The front lobby is it. You then walk upstairs and into the top of the arena bowl, and a grand old rink opens in front of you. The whole arena is painted in shades of blue, with sky-blue walls and navy-blue trim. The ceiling is high and the seats are comfortable and padded in red and blue. The clock is old and there is a large sign in one end reading "Sarnia Arena". All views are excellent. Although the Arena was only used by the Sting for three years, it really made me wonder what it must have been like to attend an OHL game there. The Arena had a reputation as being one of the hardest rinks in which to play in the league due to the small ice, the closeness of the fans and the raucous, rowdy atmosphere.

The Sarnia Arena is still used by the junior "B" Sarnia Blast (formerly the Sarnia Bees, formerly the Sarnia Steeplejacks, formerly the Sarnia Steeplejack Bees). It was never intended to be an OHL arena, but it's still a fine example of an old hockey barn.

How To Get There

From Hwy-402: Exit at Indian Road (exit 3). South on Indian to Wellington St. West. Turn right on Wellington, go 3 blocks to Brock St. North. Turn right on Brock, the Arena is on your right.
Inside Sarnia Arena
Sarnia Arena
What's it Used For Today?
The Sarnia Arena is used for minor hockey and is also home to the Western Junior "B" league's Sarnia Legionnaires.

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Last Revised: December 17, 2003