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Mile One Centre
MILEONECENTRE logo
Mile one stadium
Location New Gower Street, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Broke ground 1999
Opened 2001
Owner City of St. John's
Construction cost $35 million
Architect -
Former names Mile One Stadium
Tenants St. John's IceCaps (AHL) (2012-Present) St. John's Fog Devils (QMJHL) (20052008)
St. John's Maple Leafs (AHL) (20012005)
Capacity Hockey: 6,250
Basketball: 6,750
Full Capacity: 7,000

The Mile One Centre, formerly known as Mile One Stadium, is the main sports and entertainment centre in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. It opened in 2001, replacing Memorial Stadium. The arena is located at the beginning of the Trans-Canada Highway, hence the name, Mile One. The arena seats 6,250 people for hockey.


HockeyEdit

Mile One Centre is home to the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League. The building originally housed the St. John's Maple Leafs of the American Hockey League. The Leafs played out of Mile One Centre from 2001–2005 before relocating to Toronto, Ontario to become the Toronto Marlies. MLSE stated that the relocation was necessary to better monitor their prospects.

Mile One Stadium

Inside Mile One Stadium.

The Dobbin family were granted an expansion QMJHL franchise in 2004 to be later named the St. John's Fog Devils. The Fog Devils began play at Mile One Centre in 2005. However, the Fog Devils would relocate to Montreal, Quebec after just three seasons in St. John's to become the Junior de Montreal. Many reasons attributed to the Fog Devils demise including lack of fan support, a poor lease agreement and high travel costs. The Fog Devils departure left Mile One Centre without a major tenant for the first time since the building opened.In 2011 it was announced that the AHL's Manitoba Moose would be relocating to St. John's due to the relocation of the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg. The IceCaps serve as the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets.

Other sporting eventsEdit

The arena hosts the annual Herder Cup tournament, the largest hockey tournament in the province. It hosted the 2002 AHL All-Star Game, and the 2005 Scotties Tournament of Hearts (Curling).

A National Basketball Association exhibition game between the Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003, was cancelled on game night due to an excess of condensation built up on the playing surface due to the inside temperature.

In September 2007, the stadium hosted an NHL exhibition game featuring the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders.

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