History – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

The Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre arena, named in honour of hockey builder Doug Mitchell, was a host venue for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The centre, comprised of the 5,033-seat arena, a practice arena and the refurbished Father David Bauer arena, was the venue for some ice hockey and all sledge hockey events during the 2010 Games.

UBC’s winter athletics facility first opened in 1963 and has been home to UBC Thunderbirds Hockey. In 1963 it became the training home to Canada’s first national hockey program, founded by Father David Bauer.

The Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sport Centre also contains a 6,000-square-foot multi-purpose room, a 5,000-square-foot physiotherapy or fitness centre, 13 public dressing rooms, six referees / coaches rooms, two varsity rooms and one alumni room, and is home of the UBC Sports Hall of Fame.