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|City of Soldotna Sports Center|
|Location|| 538 Arena Drive|
Soldotna, AK 99669
|Owner||The City of Soldotna|
|Operator||The City of Soldotna Parks and Rec. Dept.|
|Surface||200' x 100' (Ice Hockey)|
|Tenants|| Kenai River Brown Bears (NAHL) (2007-present)|
Peninsula Chinooks (Junior B Hockey) (1998-2000)
Peninsula Hellfighters (Junior B Hockey) (1997)
|Capacity||2,000 (Ice Hockey)|
The City of Soldotna Sports Center (also referred to as the Central Peninsula Sports Center) is a 2,000-seat multipurpose arena located in Soldotna, Alaska. The arena opened in 1983. It is the current home of the Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). In the winter months, the facility is home to several central Kenai Peninsula high school hockey teams and fighting competitions, while in the summer the facility hosts numerous local home builders, sports recreation and trading, car, and snowmachine shows, among other events.
The facility contains an Olympic-sized ice sheet, a 350-seat conference room, a first-aid room, racquetball courts, locker room facilities, ice-resurfacing capabilities, an Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990-accessible seating platform, and a snack bar. The Sports Center also houses offices for the City of Soldotna's Parks and Recreation Department.
The building's inaugural event in the fall of 1983 featured an exhibition hockey contest showcasing the United States and Russian national hockey teams. Since 1983, the Sports Center has played host to several other sporting events, including Harlem Globetrotters and Anchorage Aces games.
Usually billed as "The Showdown in So-Town," The University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves NCAA men's hockey team have played a pair of recent exhibition contests in front of standing room only crowds at the Sports Center – once in 2004 against Grant MacEwan College (where UAA won 5-1), and again in 2006 against the University of Western Ontario (where UWO won 3-1).
The facility has also been a focal point for Alaska state high school hockey. Currently, high school teams from Soldotna and Kenai share the ice, and the facility also hosts the Peninsula Ice Classic tournament (also referred to for a short time as the Peninsula Ice Challenge) – showcasing all 4A (large school) teams from the Central Peninsula area, as well as one team from the Anchorage (Cook Inlet Conference) and Fairbanks (Mid-Alaska Conference) areas. The facility was also home to the ASAA State High School Hockey Championships from 2000 up until 2004, when the tournament moved to Big Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks for 2005 and 2006, then on to the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center in 2007.