Marlie


Toronto Marlboros

Arena Name: Markham Centennial Centre
Capacity: 2,300
Built: 1974
Last OHL game: ?
Address: 8600 McCowan Road, Markham, Ont., L3P 3M2
Ice Surface Size: Regulation
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Markham Centennial Centre
Markham Centennial Centre
What was the Arena Like?
Markham Centennial Centre is a dark, concrete and aluminum 1970's construction located across from a shopping mall in suburban Markham, Ontario. When I was visiting, the main entrance was undergoing a massive renovation project which will graft a new glass facade onto the old brutalist concrete structure, so it was hard to judge just what it looks like. The Centennial Centre complex also includes a swimming pool and community meeting rooms.

Inside the Centennial Centre, there is a standard community-centre lobby with a load of the city's hockey history on display, including photos of Markham's historic Waxers, who still call the building home. Once into the arena bowl, the building features wooden seats in a "U" shape around the ice, done up in psychedelic diagonal patterns featuring then-fashionable fuschia and dark grey-blue. Sight lines are good. The arena feels surprisingly large due to the many rows of seats, although capacity is obviously lower than you might expect due to the three-sided arena. There is also no centre clock but merely a small timing board in one end of the rink.

The Centennial Centre was also only ever intended as a stopgap solution caused by the overbooking of Maple Leaf Gardens in the mid 1970's. Along with the North York Centennial Centre, it also is not an OHL-calibre building by any stretch, but is still an interesting footnote to the league's history.

How To Get There

From the 401 or the 407, get off at McCowan Road and follow it north. The arena will be on your left just north of Highway 7.
Inside Markham Centennial Centre
Markham Centennial Centre
What's it Used For Today?
Markham Centennial Centre was used by the Toronto Marlboros in the mid 1970's due to the overbooking of Maple Leaf Gardens with Leafs and WHA Toros games in addition to concerts. Archival research shows that the Centennial Centre was the Marlies' preferred second-choice building once it opened in 1974 - it is light-years ahead of North York Centennial Centre, and at the time it would have been brand-new. The Marlies also played some home games in the 1970's in Brantford, but it would seem that when they wanted to stay in Metro Toronto, Markham was the top choice.

The Centennial Centre is still used by Markham as a community rink and is also home to the legendary Markham Waxers junior team.

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Last Revised: September 7, 2006