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Now Known As Dom Cardillo Arena
Date Opened 1951
Demolished
Venue Capacity 5,500
Venue URL http://www.theaud.ca
Venue Address 400 East Avenue
Kitchener, Ontario
N2H 1Z6



Venue Information


The idea to rebuild a municipal auditorium began in 1938 when a group of local sports enthusiasts proposed a facility which would seat 5,500 people and cost $175,000 to build. It would be Kitcheners own Maple Leaf Gardens. The public did not share the groups enthusiasm and when the proposal went to a public vote, it was defeated.

After World War II, community spirit changed considerably and it was decided that an auditorium would be built in honour of those who served in the war.

In 1950, council chose the East Avenue site for the facility and bought the land for between 600 and 1,000 dollars per acre. In May 1950, the cornerstone was laid and construction began. The building, with its state-of-the-art convertible flooring which allowed the conversion from a hockey arena to a concert hall in 24 hours, was officially opened on May 24, 1951. The Auditorium was the fourth largest facility of its kind in Ontario.

In 1967, a Centennial project saw the creation of Centennial Stadium and Jack Couch Park on the Auditorium grounds.

In 1986, construction began on the a 9.2 million dollar addition to the Auditorium which featured twin Olympic ice pads, a teaching theatre, a fitness centre, viewing lounges, change rooms, banquet facilities and meeting rooms. The new addition opened on January 9, 1988.The facility was renamed the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex to reflect the larger building and the original intent of constructing a war memorial.

In 1994, the original Auditorium Arena was renamed the Dom Cardillo Arena in honour of Kitcheners longest serving mayor.
http://www.theaud.ca/history.htm



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