Maineiac


Lewiston Maineiacs

Arena Name: Androscoggin Bank Colisee
Capacity: 3,675
Built: 1958
Address: 190 Birch St., Lewiston, ME, 04240
Telephone No: (207) 333-3267
Ice Surface Size: Regulation
Franchise Date: 2003-04
QMJHL Championships: 1, in 2006-07
Memorial Cup Championships: None
Colours: White, Blue, Black, Orange and Grey
Official Web Site: http://www.lewistonhockey.com/
Venue Web Site: TheColisee.com
Unofficial Site: The Asylum Maineiacs Blog, Maineiacs Chat
Tourist Information: City of Lewiston
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Occasional Second Home: Cumberland County Civic Center

QMJHL
Androscoggin Bank Colisee
Colisee Lewiston
What's the Arena Like?
Editor's Note: I have never been to a game in Lewiston. This page was written for me by my good friend Todd Faber, lead writer of The Asylum Maineiacs Blog. All opinions expressed are his. I thank him for submitting this writeup to me for use on this Guide.

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The Androscoggin Bank Colisee (formerly the Colisee Lewison, the Central Maine Youth Center, and later Central Maine Civic Center) was constructed in 1958, on the former site of St. Dominic Arena, the home ice for the St. Dominic's High School team which was destroyed by fire two years earlier. After much debate, the decision was made to rebuild with the money raised by a combination of insurance money and privately donated funds. As such, the arena is in a residential area of the city without the perks of a downtown area such as restaurants and motels, although those are available within a short drive.

The arena was built for, and remains the home of, the Lewiston and St. Dom's high school teams, but later hosted concerts, exhibitions by the Montreal Canadiens & Boston Celtics, and its crowning moment, the May 25, 1965 Muhammad Ali/Sonny Liston Heavyweight Championship fight. It was also the home of the NAHL's Maine Nordiques between 1973-77 as well as other community semi-professional teams.

Sadly, in the years following the Nordiques' demise the arena fell into a state of disrepair due to lack of maintenance. The dressing rooms, for instance, had but one showerhead and a (usually broken) toilet. Rumblings were heard about possibly razing the arena when the transfer of the Sherbrooke Castors was approved early in 2003. Renovations were quickly put into place, including a new home dressing room and weight room, renovated rest rooms, new scoreboard, rebuilt/repainted seating, and concession and souvenir stands. When the puck dropped on September 19, 2003 versus the Drummondville Voltigeurs, the project was still just halfway done.

When you enter into the arena, you do so either thru the ticket window at the bottom of the atrium and up the inside stairwell or elevator or by one of two outside stairways. Season ticket holders have a separate entrance available in the smaller VIP lot, as they bypass the public parking and go around the curve to the prepaid lot. It's also quicker to get out, but if you're looking to get back onto Pleasant Street, you'll be behind the masses coming out of the public lot so waits can be between 10-20 minutes to get back to the main streets. The public lot is large, lit, and costs $3.

The seating area consists of ten rows of seating in the four-corner design popular in the late 50s-early 60s era. The seats themselves are the originals, each one taken out individually and sanded and re-painted MAINEiacs blue. Some actually come from the old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and were installed when that facility closed. They're quite wide and comfortable. Legroom is adequate. Note that once you enter, you're at row one as the seats go upward from slightly above ice level. Therefore, row A is ideal as you can see everything quite nicely and have the most legroom at your disposal. One can walk a full 360 degree circle around the perimeter of the rink.

Outside the seating area is the main concourse, with hallways on each side. Before the addition of the food court, it was quite reminiscent of the Soo Memorial Gardens with a handful of stands as you enter. Therefore, lines got quite long and congestion was frequent. With the addition of the food court, the problems were relieved and lines were shortened. Beer & wine are served, as well as a "Monster MAINEiac" for $4 which is a martini mixed with an energy drink. Red hot dogs, a Maine staple, are also served, as well as poutine.

The Colisee is a wonderful mixture of old and new. It has a few of the luxuries of a newer building (many, if you are privileged to have VIP seating) but still has that old-time arena feel commonly found in the older rinks of the QMJHL. Certainly, there are obvious flaws that need repair (most notably public restrooms) but not enough to deter one from the experience. Colisee Lewiston is certainly off the beaten path for visiting fans, but well worth a visit.
Future Developments
Recent additions include a new atrium with food court and VIP lounge, both of which contain numerous items depicting both the rich history of hockey in the Lewiston/Auburn area and the Ali/Liston fight. Forthcoming are luxury boxes, which are expected to be ready by the middle of the 2006-07 season; and a new audio system complete with flat-panel TVs in the concourse. Naming rights to the building were acquired by Androscoggin Bank in the summer of 2006.

How To Get There

From the Maine Turnpike:
Get off at Exit 80, and follow the signs to Pleasant Street. Turn left on Pleasant Street, and continue on for about 1.5 miles. Turn left at Birch Street, and go for about mile and the arena will be on the left.
Inside the Androscoggin Bank Colisee
Central Maine Civic Center
Franchise History
The Lewiston MAINEiacs are the current incarnation of the Trois-Rivieres Ducs (Dukes) who entered the QMJHL at its inception in 1969. The Ducs changed their name to the Draveurs (Lumberjacks) in 1973 and remained so until moving to Sherbrooke's Palais des Sports in 1992. They were known as the Faucons (Falcons) between 1992-98, and the Castors (Beavers) between 1998-2003 before their move to Lewiston.
Retired Numbers
None
Local Rivals
The nearest rival to the MAINEiacs is five hours away in Drummondville, so there really isn't a territorial rival. The games with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar have been the most heated in the past, and there has been no love lost with the St. John's Fog Devils either.

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Last Revised: September 14, 2007