I launched the OHL Arena Guide in the fall of 2003. I had started going on road trips to OHL games in the 2002-03 season, and by season's end I had hit seven of the 20 OHL arenas - a respectable total for one year, and particularly when at that time I didn't own a car. Throughout that first season, making an OHL road trip was hard. Many of the teams did not list ticket prices, an address, or directions to their arenas on their website, and finding my way to road games was occasionally a challenge. There were constant posts on the OHL message board I frequented asking for directions or advice seeing your team on the road. Moreover, there were no clear pictures on the entire internet of many OHL buildings, so if you wanted to know what, say, the Yardmen Arena looked like, there was no simple way to find out.
I realized that there was a need out there for a one-stop travel guide to the OHL. I'd seen visiting fans in London since I was a child, and they all had managed to find their way to our building without any obvious issues, but I still thought there was a niche out there that the internet of the day wasn't fulfilling. Plus, I wanted to read an OHL Arena Guide website, and since no one else had taken up that baton, I thought I may as well do it!
I also wanted to show off the history of arenas in Ontario, and to tell the story of the OHL through the buildings where its games were played over the years. I made a point of trying to visit every former arena or arena site since the league began in 1933, and while I cannot be certain to have visited all of them given that there are no OHL gamesheets online dating from before 1997, to the best of my knowledge every one is chronicled here, including a handful that have since been demolished. The Oshawa Civic Auditorium and Guelph Memorial Gardens and Sault Memorial Gardens may no longer exist, but they have been preserved online here.
In the fall of 2005 I relocated for graduate school to St. John's, Newfoundland, and spent a year there cheering for the nascent Fog Devils. By the time I left Atlantic Canada, I'd been to games at five QMJHL buildings, and I launched the QMJHL site the next year to chronicle my travels through the Q.
The internet has evolved since 2003, and most of the travel guide functions of the website were no longer needed by the time I finally gave the site a long-overdue overhaul in 2019. Google Maps, Street View and Wikipedia do a better job at directions and general information than I ever did, but I still wanted to keep this site up and running as a chronicle of my travels throughout the CHL. I'm Kevin Jordan, I'm a Londoner and a London Knights fan, and I've been going to Knights games since the fall of 1987. Someday I would like to be the first person not employed in hockey to get to all 60 CHL arenas. Feedback is welcomed by emailing me at , or follow me on Twitter @ohlarenaguide.
Current CHL Rink Total:59
Listed by order of first visit.
A word on arena names: Sponsored arena names are stupid, and I'm not getting any money to refer to these buildings by their corporate monikers. In each case above, if the arena has ever had a non-corporate name during its CHL tenure, that is the name by which I refer to it. If the arena has always had a corporate name, it is referred to by its current name.
Here's the rest of my sports venue list:
NHL Arenas Visited (31 all-time, 26/32 current): Joe Louis Arena, Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Maple Leaf Gardens, HSBC Arena, Brendan Byrne Arena, Nationwide Arena, Air Canada Centre, Pittsburgh Civic Arena, United Center, Bell Centre, St. Pete Times Forum, Scotiabank Place, Scottrade Center, BankAtlantic Center, Verizon Center, Bridgestone Arena, Nassau Coliseum, Madison Square Garden, Prudential Center, Consol Energy Center, PNC Arena, Glendale Arena, Pepsi Center, Wells Fargo Center, American Airlines Center, TD Garden, Bell MTS Place, Scotiabank Saddledome, Rogers Place, Little Caesars Arena, Rogers Arena. Missing ANH, LA, MIN, SEA, SJ, VGK.
AHL Arenas Visited: Colisée de Québec, Copps Coliseum, RICOH Coliseum, Rosemont Horizon, Rochester War Memorial, Van Andel Arena, Quicken Loans Arena, Hartford Civic Center, Yardmen Arena.
Major League Ballparks Visited (32 all-time, 27/30 current): SkyDome, Tiger Stadium, Comerica Park, Olympic Stadium, Fenway Park, Shea Stadium, Yankee Stadium I, Jacobs Field, Comiskey Park II, Wrigley Field, Great American Ballpark, PNC Park, Citizens Bank Park, Oakland Coliseum, AT&T Park, Miller Park, Nationals Park, Camden Yards, Busch Stadium (current), Kauffman Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Petco Park, Anaheim Stadium, Safeco Field, Yankee Stadium II, Citi Field, Chase Field, Turner Field, Target Field, Marlins Park, Tropicana Field. Missing ATL, HOU, TEX.
Minor League Ballparks Visited: International League 'AAA' baseball: Dunn Tire Park, Fifth Third Field, Frontier Field, PNC Field, NBT Bank Stadium, Huntington Park; Eastern League 'AA' baseball: Labatt Park; Frontier League baseball: Labatt Park; Northern League baseball: CanWest Global Park.
Soccer Grounds Visited: Bundesliga: Berlin Olympiastadion; MLS: BMO Field, RFK Stadium, Crew Stadium, Red Bull Arena, PPL Park, BC Place.
Other: NFL: Pontiac Silverdome.
Race Tracks: F1: Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve; IMSA Sports Cars: Mosport Park; IndyCar: Michigan International Speedway, Watkins Glen International, Streets of Toronto, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course; Stock Cars: Delaware Speedway, Cayuga Speedway, Ohsweken Speedway, Flamboro Speedway, Sunset Speedway, Southern Ontario Motor Speedway. I also have driven four laps at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany, though I did not watch a race there.
About Me: I have lived in London, Ontario since birth, apart from one wonderful year spent living in St. John's, Newfoundland. I'm in my 30's, I work as a program officer, I'm happily married and have no children. I enjoy non-sports related travel as well, and I have been to every Canadian province, 47/50 U.S. states, and 15 other countries in the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East. My other hobbies are cooking, photography, I play the guitar and bass, and I enjoy doing renovation and historical restoration work on my heritage home.
I Support: London Knights, Everton FC, Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Blue Jays, Williams F1
Thank You: To everyone past and present with whom I've been on a hockey road trip, especially Chris Beach, Steve McLean, and Brian Thompson, but also the late R.J. Beaumont, Adam & Nick Bruckschwaiger, Chris Clark, Ben Dykens, Peter Farrell, Matt Gallien, Tyler Hetherington, Jason Hodgson, Craig Howlett, Trevor Jones, Andrew Kulyk, Eric Lande, Drew Lewis, Ryan Macdonald, Rob Matic, Jamie McGhee, Patrick McNeill, Jewel MacDonald, Andy Ritter, Neate Sager, and Joe Tasca. Thank you to everyone who's ever made a contribution to this website, regardless of whether or not it was ever used. Special thanks to my Dad, for introducing me to junior hockey in the first place, and to my wife Julie.