Kamloops Memorial Arena - Kamloops, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 50° 40.553 W 120° 19.388
10U E 689126 N 5617201
Quick Description: Completed in 1949, the Memorial Arena, like those of a great many towns and cities in Canada, was built as a memorial to those soldiers who never returned from war. It is used as much today as it was on the day it opened.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 8/31/2014 6:07:25 PM
Waymark Code: WMMCM2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:
Kamloops Memorial Arena

Located at 740 Victoria Street in downtown Kamloops, Memorial Arena (80 ft x 190 ft) has change rooms, officials room, storage, office space and full bowl bench seating for more than 2,500.

The arena opened to the public in 1949 and although there is no elevator in the building, both levels are wheelchair accessible. Street parking is available along Victoria St and neighbouring streets.
From Tournament Capital

Kamloops Memorial Arena was built to honour local World War II soldiers. The Kamloops and District Memorial Recreational Society incorporated in 1945 with the mandate to raise funds for a new memorial sports arena. A country wide raffle and local fundraising efforts raised $173,000 of the $220,006 needed. The municipality borrowed the remaining funds to complete the project.

Construction began in August 1948 and was completed in May 1949. The arena was by no means an architectural masterpiece. It was fondly called the "old barn" by local residents. The seats were hard and the building was cold. But the rich store of community memories the old building has amassed over the years makes it one of.the most popular and beloved sites in the downtown. The Memorial Arena is still used today for hockey games and practices by all levels and ages of recreational and organized hockey. Even the local Western Hockey League team [The Kamloops Blazers] takes the occasional turn in the old building. But it is the plaque on the arena wall which gives enduring significance to the arena:

"Erected by the citizens of Kamloops and District to those who lived and in grateful memory of those who died in defence of their country. Dedicated in 1949."

From the Sign at the Building

Inside

Plaque Mem Arena
Mem Arena Mem Arena

Public or Private Access?: Public

Physical Address:
740 Victoria Street
Kamloops, BC Canada
V2C 2B6


Rink Website: [Web Link]

Hours of Operation: Not listed

Price: Not Listed

Rent available ?: Not Listed

Visit Instructions:
There are no specific visit requirements, however telling about your visit is strongly encouraged. Additional photos of the building or rink to add to the gallery are also nice, but not required. Pictures with a GPS or you in them is highly discouraged.
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