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The Art Hauser Centre (formerly the Communiplex) is a multi-purpose arena in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. It was built in 1971 and is home to the Prince Albert Raiders Ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League. Its hockey capacity is 2,580 seated, plus another 786 spots that are standing-room only.

Art Hauser Centre
Art Hauser Centre 01 (cropped).png
Former names Communiplex
Location 690 32nd Street East
Prince Albert, SK
Owner City of Prince Albert
Operator City of Prince Albert
Capacity Hockey: 2,580 (3,366 with standing room)
Concerts: 3,571
Boxing: 3,071
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground 1971
Opened December 12, 1971
Renovated 2005
Expanded 2005
Construction cost $500,000[1]
($3.12 million in 2017 dollars[2])
Architect Moore & Taylor Architects[1]
Project manager Design Management, Ltd.[1]
Tenants
Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
(1971–present)
Prince Albert Mintos

The Art Hauser Centre was formerly known as the Prince Albert Communiplex, but it was renamed late in the 2004-2005 hockey season as part of the "Bring Back The Magic" campaign. This was an endeavour to raise money for extensive renovations to the Communiplex. In just under a month, the campaign raised over $3 million.

The arena was named in honour of local businessperson Art Hauser, who made a donation of $1 million to the campaign. Renovations were completed in the spring of 2006.

Changes to the arena included new concessions at the southeast corner of the building on both levels, new washrooms at the southeast corner of the building on both levels, new seats in the entire arena, renovated dressing rooms, a new centre-ice scoreboard with video boards on all 4 sides, an expanded Ches Leach Lounge, a new front lobby named for Prince Albert-born former NHL goalie Johnny Bower with concessions and team store, and new offices for both the WHL Raiders and the City of Prince Albert.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "P.A. Council Moves to Proceed with Plans for $500,000 Arena". The StarPhoenix. Saskatoon. June 3, 1971. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  2. ^ Canadian inflation numbers based on Statistics Canada. "Consumer Price Index, historical summary". Statistics Canada. Retrieved April 26, 2018. CANSIM, table (for fee) 326-0021 and Catalogue nos. 62-001-X, 62-010-X and 62-557-X. And "Consumer Price Index, by province (monthly) (Canada)". Statistics Canada. Retrieved April 26, 2018.

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