Tigers

Medicine Hat Tigers

Arena Name: Co-Op Place
Capacity: 7,100
Built: 2015
Address: 2802 Box Springs Way NW, Medicine Hat, AB, T1C 0H3
Telephone: (403) 526-2666
Ice Surface Size: Regulation
Franchise Date: 1970-71
WHL Championships: 5, in 1972-73, 1986-87, 1987-88, 2003-04 & 2006-07
Memorial Cup Championships: 2, in 1986-87 & 1987-88
Colours: Black, Orange & White
Official Web Site: TigersHockey.com
Venue Web Site: CoOpPlace.com
Former Arena: Medicine Hat Arena

WHL

 Co-Op Place

Canalta Centre

 What's the Arena Like?

Yet to Visit for a Game

Medicine Hat's old arena, the appropriately named Medicine Hat Arena, was known throughout the WHL as a difficult place to play, an intimate downtown arena with a scant 4,000 seats. Co-Op Place opened as a replacement in 2015 and is everything the old arena wasn't - it's not an urban or even a suburban arena, but an urban fringe arena, built on empty high prairie in the far west end of the city. The neighbourhood, such as it is, is expected to gradually fill in with a big box development, but for now, the arena hunkers down alone on a treeless, windswept plain, surrounded by parking lots and nothing much else.

Co-Op Place is sprawling, with a bright modern façade clad in white, grey and red, and it is built into a gentle hill, which allows the main lobby to be at concourse level while the loading dock is at ground level. As a municipally-owned building, it's one of the rare new clones that's actually open to the public on non-gamedays, but when I stopped by in 2018, crews were setting up for a concert that evening so the bowl was closed. The arena is one of the larger in the CHL, with a capacity north of 7,000, and I'm looking forward to seeing it for real in the next couple of years.


 Future Developments
There are no plans to renovate or replace Co-Op Place.

 Franchise History
The Tigers have been an ever-present in the WHL since the Rebel League days, getting their start in conjunction with the opening of the Medicine Hat Arena Convention Centre, as it was known then. The Arena's predecessor, Medicine Hat Arena Gardens, was destroyed by fire in March 1969, and the previous AJHL team, the Blades, folded as a result, so there was little reason for the new Tigers to be loyal when the new arena was finished. The Tigers moved to the Medicine Hat Events Centre in 2015.

 Retired Numbers

8 Lanny Macdonald
9 Tom Lysiak

 Feedback
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