Trois-Rivières Draveurs

Arena Name: Colisée de Trois-Rivières
Capacity: 3,500 (2,700 seated)
Built: 1938
Address: 1740, boul. des Forges, Trois-Rivières, QC, G9A 5L9
Last Game: 1992
Ice Surface Size: Regulation
QMJHL Championships: 2, in 1977-78 & 1978-79
Memorial Cup Championships: None


 Colisée de Trois-Rivières

Colisee de Trois-Rivieres

 What's the Arena Like?

The Colisée de Trois-Rivières is a streamlined, Art Moderne arena located on the grounds of Trois-Rivières's fairgrounds. It's built next to the city's ballpark, and the road out front of the rink doubles as part of the track for the annual Trois-Rivières Grand Prix. The rink itself is white with red trim and has a small amount of parking right in front, on the street. There is also windows dotting the front of the building and a big red sign reading "COLISEE". It's reminiscent of the old Sault Gardens and is easily one of the prettiest arenas in Canada from the outside.

Once inside, the small main lobby features a collection of trophies and a historical plaque, along with stairs that lead up into the heart of the rink. The building has a wide main concourse around the top of the seating area, concessions, a relatively old-looking scoreclock, and a full ring of blue seats that have roof support columns unfortunately blocking the view from some areas. Still, apart from the columns, the place feels newer than it is; all the seats are new plastic and the maintenance has obviously been there throughout the arena's history. The arena also has an innovation I haven't seen anywhere else - the top concourse is separated from the standing room by an elevation change, so the SRO patrons don't interfere with traffic around the top of the building. Banners hang from the ceiling honouring all Three-Rivermen who played in the NHL, and there is also a commemorative banner honouring the Draveurs franchise.

The Colisée de Trois-Rivières has been bypassed by the QMJHL, even though for years it was in far better condition than the then-active Q rink in nearby Shawinigan. A new Colisée is under construction now in Trois-Rivières, and it will be interesting to see if the Q ever makes a return.

 Inside Colisée de Trois-Rivières

Colisee de Trois-Rivieres

 What's the Arena Used for Today?
The Colisée today is home to the UQTR Patriotes varsity teams. Many people in the three rivers region still pine for the days when the local junior boys beat up on nearby Shawinigan.

The city of Trois-Rivières opnened a new arena, the Colisée Videotron, in 2021, and an ECHL team, of all things, moved in. I haven't heard if the city is going to maintain the old arena or demolish it.

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