|Location||99 Station Street, Saint John, New Brunswick, E2L 4X4|
|Surface||200' X 85'|
|Tenants|| Saint John Flames (AHL) (1993–2003) |
Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) (2005-Present)
|Capacity|| 6,200 (seated, hockey) |
6,603 (seated, basketball)
Harbour Station is an arena located in the uptown area of Saint John, New Brunswick. It was the home of the American Hockey League's Saint John Flames from 1993 until their demise in 2003. As of the 2005-06 hockey season it is the home of the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The arena sits on land that used to be part of Saint John Harbour, and partly derives its name from the city's former Union Station passenger railway terminal. The station was located on the site and was used by both Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway trains, until it was demolished to make way for the Saint John Throughway as part of an urban redevelopment scheme in the early 1970s.
The arena opened in October 1993 to a gala and a concert by Aerosmith; the event was attended by over 7,000 people, a record that still stands today. Since then, the arena has hosted concerts, hockey, basketball, figure skating and a number of trade shows each year.
Harbour Station is connected by Saint John's pedway system — the Inside Connection — to the major uptown malls, hotels, parking garages and offices, allowing patrons to park their vehicles away from the stadium and reach it on foot without stepping outdoors.
Past events Edit
In the past, the arena has hosted:
- The Skate Canada International Championships in 1995.
- The 1997 AHL All-Star Game.
- The 1998 & 2001 AHL Calder Cup Finals.
- The 1998 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
- The 1999 men's and women's World Curling Championships.
- The 2002 East Coast Music Awards.
- The 2006 Canadian Country Music Awards.
Harbour Station has also hosted one NHL pre-season game featuring the Calgary Flames, and two NBA pre-season games. The arena stood in for the old Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver during filming of the Canada-Russia '72 miniseries.
Harbour Station features two levels of seating, an 'upper bowl' and a 'lower bowl'. There are 12 rows of seating in each level, with approximately 16 seats in each section in each level. Harbour Station has 13 luxury sky boxes, which were added before the 2005–2006 season. They also have the Alpine Room, which spans the length of three sections, and features padded seating, a big screen TV and a full service bar, and free buffet. Tickets can be purchased for $1,200 per year. Harbour Station features an open concourse so it enables fans walking around, or in line for concessions to still view the game.
Seating capacity varies for different events at Harbour Station, with 6,307 seats available for hockey games, and 6,603 seats for basketball games. Seating capacity for concerts may range between 1,400 to just over 7,200.