The Fort William Gardens
901 Miles Street, Thunder Bay, Canada
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The Fort William Gardens is a 4,690-capacity (3,371-seat) multi-purpose arena in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. It was built in 1952.
Previous tenants include the Thunder Bay Flyers of the 'Junior A' United States Hockey League, the Thunder Bay Senators/Thunder Bay Thunder Cats of the Colonial Hockey League (which became the United Hockey League), and the Thunder Bay Twins (senior men's hockey). Since 2001 the Gardens has been home to the Lakehead Thunderwolves men's university hockey program and has also played host to a Superior International Junior Hockey League team. The Thunder Bay Bulldogs called the Gardens home from 2001 to 2005, then were replaced by the Fort William North Stars.
The Gardens has a long history of hockey, however, the isolation of Thunder Bay and travel costs have prevented the Gardens from retaining most teams. It once hosted an NHL pre-season game between the Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals, and two pre-season AHL games between the St. John's Maple Leafs and Manitoba Moose.
The Gardens played host to the 1967 Memorial Cup series in which the Toronto Marlboros defeated the Port Arthur Marrs for the national junior hockey championship.
The Gardens has also hosted several national curling championships:
* 1960 Tim Hortons Brier
* 1976 Women's Canadian Junior Curling Championships
* 1991 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships.
* 1996 Scott Tournament of Hearts
* 2002 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Open (Grand Slam Event)
The Gardens has also been home to some of the larger indoor concerts in Thunder Bay due to its capacity, including bands such as: Our Lady Peace, Nickelback, Pearl Jam, The Tragically Hip and R.E.M. It has also been used for Remembrance Day Ceremonies, festivals, circuses, and many other events.
The Fort William Gardens was completely renovated in 1995.
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