Drummondville Voltigeurs

Arena Name: Stade de la Cité des Jeunes
Capacity: 2,457
Built: 1964
Address: 75, rue Frontenac, Rivière-du-Loup, QC, G5R 1S6
Used by the Q: 1998
Ice Surface Size:

Stade de la Cité des Jeunes
Stade de la Cite des Jeunes
What was the Arena Like?
At first glance this appears ridiculous. Any person with a map and a sincere yet kind of dickish desire to prove you wrong can tell you that Drummondville to Rivière-du-Loup is 330 km along Autoroute 20; a pleasant drive along the south shore of the St. Lawrence, but a long way to go for a "home" game in the dead of winter. But this did actually happen.

In January 1998 the Ottawa Valley and Quebec was hit with a gigantic ice storm that made international news. This was not simply your run-of-the-mill ice buildup either - the storm knocked out power for several weeks in the Montérégie, including Drummondville. With no hydro to stage games, and with customers having more pressing issues on their mind than beating the tar out of the Tigres, the Voltigeurs quickly signed a lease in Rivière-du-Loup. They ultimately played three games out of their home away from home - two poorly-attended tilts against Victoriaville and Laval, and a sold-out game against nearby Rimouski. The Voltigeurs finally returned home in mid-February, and around that time people also stopped talking about Rivière-du-Loup as a potential future expansion destination due to the lackluster support of the iced-out visitors from the locals.

I haven't been to Rivière-du-Loup since discovering the building's brief QMJHL past, but it's on the list of places to visit the next time I drive out to the Maritimes.
How To Get There
From A-20: Exit 132, rue Fraser, and proceed east into town. Make a right on rue Saint-Pierre, and then a left at the CEGEP onto rue Frontenac. The arena will be on your right.

From A-85: Exit 96, rue Fraserville, and proceed east into town. Make a left on rue Saint-Pierre, and then a right at the CEGEP onto rue Frontenac. The arena will be on your right.
What's it Used For Today?
The Stade de la Cité des Jeunes, perhaps appropriately given its name, is mostly only used for youth hockey and community functions today. Rivière-du-Loup opened an adjacent new 3,000 seat arena in 2005 called Centre Premier Tech, which is home to the 3L de Rivière-du-Loup of the LNAH.
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at email and I'll update the guide.



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