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Longueuil Collège Français

Arena Name: Colisée Jean Béliveau
Capacity: 2,600 (2,400 seated)
Built: 1968
Address: 1755 boul. Jacques Cartier est, Longueuil, QC J4N 1A1
Last Game: 1991
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QMJHL
Colisée Jean Béliveau
Colisee Jean Beliveau
What was the Arena Like?
Concrete brutalism is an architectural school best forgotten today. Popular in the 1960's and 1970's, it emphasized the brute strength of exposed concrete, free of ornamentation or any kind of human scale. Yet every once in a while, the school produced buildings that worked for one reason or another, and one of those buildings is the Colisée Jean-Beliveau in Longueuil. Opened October 12, 1968 in the heart of the brutalist movement, the rink is designed with a U-shaped roof similar to the famous Moose Jaw Civic Centre in the Western Hockey League, and it features an angle of seating so steep that that I've never seen anything like it.

The Colisée is located on parkland in the midst of a new suburban development, with a small parking lot and a tennis bubble dome behind it. There is no marquee sign, and the only thing announcing its function to the outside is a bronze statue of Jean Beliveau outside the front door. Once inside, the arena lobby is tastefully done in cream and red, and includes a small resto-bar and a lot of Collège Français memorabilia, as the team still exists in the LHJAAAQ.

The inside layout of the Colisée is a twin-grandstand model, with only standing-room in the ends. The far side only has six rows of seats, but the near side extends far up to the heavens on an Everest angle. There are three large steps between each row of seats, and the climb to the top is nearly a cardio workout. Once up there, the other side of the arena is completely cut off from view, with only the ice not blocked off by the angle of the roof.

The Colisée Jean Béliveau gives new meaning to the phrase "sitting on top of the action". While the concrete architecture is ugly, I'd still love to see a game there while holding onto the walls for dear life and looking straight down at the action.
Inside the Colisée Jean Béliveau
Jean Beliveau Coliseum
How To Get There
The Colisée is at the corner of two major roads in Longueuil, boul. Jacques-Cartier and boul. Curé-Poirier.

From A-20 East: Exit at #11, boul. Roland-Therrien, and proceed east to Curé-Poirier. Turn left. The arena will eventually be on your right.

From A-20 West: Exit at #92, boul. Jacques Cartier, and proceed south. The arena will be on your right.
What's it Used For Today?
The Colisée first experienced the QMJHL in 1982, when the expansion Longueuil Chevaliers stormed out of the gate to what remains the best record for any expansion team in CHL history, going 37-29-4 under the coaching of Jacques Lemaire. They won the Q title in 1987, but that championship would be their last move in the Q, as they moved the next season to the Colisée des Bois-Francs in Victoriaville to become the Tigres. Longueuil took a year off from the Q, but was back in 1988-89 as local ownership received permission to resurrect the dormant original Quebec Remparts franchise, and they spent three more years in Longueuil. The team drew poorly, and moved to the Verdun Auditorium in 1991 before folding in 1994.

The Colisée today is home to the Collège Français of the LHJAAAQ.
Another Look Inside the Colisée Jean Béliveau
Jean Beliveau Colisee
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