(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)
By: Henry Whitfield
In a year, there will be no ice surface at Dalhousie University.
The University announced yesterday that the Dalhousie Memorial Arena would be demolished in 2012, leaving a gaping hole on the campus.
The decision was made after a Board of Governor’s voted yesterday to approve the plan.
The arena is not just home both Varsity Hockey teams, it is home to 42 Intramural Hockey teams this Winter and countless other community groups and programs, including the Dalhousie Tigers Superskills Hockey Camps.
That’s not to mention that it is the venue that host’s the Annual Residence Charity Face-off each March, an event that has raised an average of $20,000 a year and is played in front of a packed house.
In an article by Halifax Metro, it was estimated that it would cost $3-4 million to fix the current roof and that there were not plans to currently build a new arena, but it may be looked at in the longer term.
A direct quote from Charles Crosby, the University Spokesman said that ““The plan is for it to include things like physio, a cardio area, yoga studios and the like.”
A move like this will no doubt cast doubt upon the future of both Varsity Programs at Dalhousie, with the cancellation of Saint Mary’s Women’s Hockey program last Summer still very fresh on the minds of University Hockey fans across the city.
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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU every Monday Morning at 10am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.