MUSIC - Turn me loose by Loverboy (Canada's own)
Ottawa Civic Centre - Opened in 1967 and is still in use. Some weird yearly naming rights to the arena, meaning the name changes every year. Location - 1015 Bank Street Ottawa, Ontario. In Landsdowne Park.
Frank Clair Stadium - Opened in 1908 and is still in use. Location - same as Ottawa Civic Centre. Known as Landsdowne Park Stadium 1908 - 1993, Frank Clair Stadium 1993 - present.
One of the more unusual setups in sports. 2 stadiums / arenas in one. The first part is Frank Clair stadium which was built in 1908 and known as Landsdowne park until 1993. It was also the longtime home of the now defunct Ottawa Rough Riders of the CFL. The Rough Riders disbanded in 1996. Rumors have been flying that the Rough Riders may be rechristened again in the near future. The stadium is in the midst of being refurbished. The south grandstand is the first to get into the refurbishing act. The lower bowl of the south grandstands were demolished in 2008, due to major cracks in the concrete. Hopefully, the Rough Riders will once again call Frank Clair stadium home real soon.
The second piece of the stadium puzzle is the quaint Ottawa Civic Centre arena. The Civic Centre was built into the lower part of the north grandstand of Frank Clair field. The arena opened in December of 1976, and has been the home of the Ottawa 67's ever since. Before the Palladium (now Scotiabank Place) was constructed, the Ottawa Senators played at the arena for 2 seasons from 1993 thru 1995. The arena was also home to the Ottawa Nationals of the WHA. The Nationals played here from 1972 thru 1973. Due to horrible attendance, the Nationals bolted west to Toronto to become the Toros. The WHA would return to Ottawa in January of 1967, as the Denver Spurs were relocated. Without logos or uniforms, the new Ottawa Civics were born on January 7th, 1976. They used the old Denver Spurs uniforms. After 10 days, the WHA issued a statement saying "the Ottawa Civics have formally ceased to operate". After 41 games, the Denver Spurs / Ottawa Civics were by far, the shortest tenured WHA team. Pro hockey would not return to Ottawa until 1993 when the new Ottawa Senators were born.
Map of Frank Clair Stadium and the Ottawa Civic Center. Photo from internet.
The Ottawa Civic Center and Frank Clair stadium. 1/96
A very snowy and frigid Frank Clair stadium. 1/96
In this shot, the lower stands are still intact. The south stands lower bowl will be demolished in 2008. 1/96
A great snowy panoramic shot of Frank Clair stadium. 1/96
An icy concourse, just above the Ottawa Civic Center. 1/96
Retired jersey's of Ottawa Rough Riders greats. 1/96
The red roof building to the right of the grandstands are the locker rooms for Frank Clair Stadium. 1/96
The north grandstand and the Ottawa Civic Center. 1/96