The Videotron Centre, Quebec City’s brand new arena, is nearing completion and now you can take your first look inside the building. The arena looks like one of the most modern in North America and it’s hard not to imagine what it would be like to see an NHL team playing in Quebec City at this rink.
There may not be an NHL tenant yet, but the Quebec City arena, known as the Videotron Centre, is growing ever-closer to completion. And by the looks of things, the building is going to be one of the nicest in the league, should an NHL team ever return to Quebec’s capital. In a photo released by Le Journal De Quebec, and taken by photographer Stevens Leblanc, you can get a full glimpse inside the arena and take a look at the locations of the press boxes, the private suites and the location of where the ice surface will be. Really, there’s something breathtaking about the way the rink looks at this stage:
(Click image to enlarge) “It’s impressive,” former Quebec Nordiques defenseman
Dave Pichette told Kevin Dube. “I think the city and the region will be lucky to have this new building. The Colisée Pepsi did the job, but they are two different worlds. We want to have a hockey club, but we can also accommodate other large events.” And with this new rink, that’s the plan. While there’s no indication that a team relocating to Quebec City is imminent, nor has there been much concrete talk of expansion to the city, it seems unlikely that the arena will go without a professional tenant for long. It’s entirely possible Quebec City goes a similar route to Winnipeg, taking on an AHL franchise for several years, proving they’re an NHL ready city before actually attempting to bring a team to the former home of the Nordiques. For seven years, Winnipeg’s MTS Centre was a 15,000-plus seat arena hosting the AHL’s Manitoba Moose before True North Sports and Entertainment locked up the Atlanta Thrashers in a relocation deal that brought the team to Winnipeg. Whatever does end up happening, we can’t wait for the first major hockey event at the Videotron Centre. If you’re looking for more photos, head over to the
Facebook page containing construction photos of the building.