UBC Winter Sports Centre

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Built: 2008 

Capacity: 7,500 

Area: 210,036 square feet 

Capabilities: Ice hockey, as well as ice sledge hockey competitions, figure skating, entertainment arena 

LEED Certification Targeted: Silver (equivalent) 


UBC Winter Sports Centre

Home to the University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbirds’ varsity ice hockey program, the arena will host all Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games ice hockey and ice sledge hockey games up to the quarter finals.


Construct a world class hockey facility that is equally capable of hosting international ice hockey and ice sledge hockey games, is comfortable for large numbers of spectators, and minimizes both energy consumption and environmental impact.


The development of the new UBC Winter Sports Centre required a variety of creative sustainable and energy efficient strategies. The original facility, the Father Bauer Arena, was opened to UBC in 1963. The rink was the foundation of Canada’s first national Olympic hockey team, which involved a core group of university of British Columbia players. In order to accommodate the requirements of Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games ice hockey and ice sledge events, the new facility now consists of three ice surfaces. The main arena can accommodate 5,500 permanent spectator seats with temporary expansion to 7,500 during the Games. The original Father Bauer Rink has been retained and refurbished and, along with a second ice surface, will be used as practice ice during the Games.

The UBC Winter Sports Centre was designed and constructed equivalent to LEED Silver standard and incorporates sustainable features that help to reduce energy consumption and operating costs. Some of the environmentally friendly features are the energy-efficient lighting and the waste heat recapture system, which uses waste heat energy from the ice making processes to heat the building. Many building components were also reused or recycled during the demolition and reconstruction process. Construction was completed on budget and four months ahead of its originally scheduled completion date.



Following the Games, the UBC Winter Sports Centre will become a recreational and high-performance, multi-sport legacy facility, easily convertible for ice sledge hockey training and competitions. It can also be converted to a convert venue.

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