The facilities available for the Oshawa Generals to use inside the beautiful new General Motors Centre really are second to none in the Ontario Hockey League.
The General Motors Centre opened in November 2006 and is considered one of the crown jewels when it comes to arenas in the Ontario Hockey League. The facility has two ice pads, giving the community plenty of badly needed ice space, and has already hosted major concerts and special events such as the Tragically Hip, Elton John professional wrestling, the Harlem Globetrotters, the Subway Super Series, as well as, the Generals of course.
Inside the area the Generals have everything a hockey club could ask for, including a state-of-the-art dressing room that is the envy of any team in the OHL – or any team in the league for that matter.
The huge room features a circular area in the centre where the players’ stall are located, a sauna, a deluxe weight room and training area, a video room and a full medical facility that is simply the best in the OHL.
The main pad seats approximately 5,400 people for hockey, and approximately 6,400 for other events, with the Generals being able to draw close to the 6,000 mark including standing room.
Giffels Design-Build Inc. and NORR Limited were the facility architects responsible for the design and construction of the GMC, while Global Spectrum manages the facility and event programming. The club also has several rooms for game day operations and storage throughout the facility, along with a large press room that is used to accommodate OHL scouts and media throughout the season. The club also has the use of a team suite in the main bowl and another party suite for special groups and guests.
The Generals have already been proud hosts of the 2009 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and the 2013 Subway Super Series, with huge crowds attending both special events. The facility received rave reviews for visiting players, many of whom had a chance to use the Generals tremendous dressing room as a home team.
The Generals also have a large office space in the arena, where the hockey and business staff operate the team, complete with a boardroom and ample working office space.
A first class organization needs first class working space, and the Generals have plenty of that for their players and staff in one of Canada’s finest junior hockey facilities.
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