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Hamilton Fincups

Arena Name: Mountain Arena
Capacity: 2500
Built: 1966
Last Game: 1984
Address: 25 Hester St., Hamilton, ON, L3P 3K8
Ice Surface Size: Regulation
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Mountain Arena
Mountain Arena
What was the Arena Like?
Mountain Arena is a big brown-brick building built on the unfashionable suburban top of Hamilton Mountain. It's located directly off the Lincoln Alexander Parkway. From the outside it's strangely unattractive and falls into the "ugly mistake" school of architecture so popular in the 1960's.

Inside, things are a little bit better. Once in the front door you find yourself in a long hallway painted Hamilton Red Wing red. The walls are covered with collages detailing Hamilton sports history, including one collage about the building of Copps Coliseum and another one showing pictures of every arena in the city of Hamilton. At the each end of the hallway is a stairway leading up into the arena bowl.

Mountain Arena is small even by old-school OHL building standards. There are only about 10 rows of blue seats and they stretch all around the building. There is a big Red Wing logo painted at centre-ice. Strangely, there is no centre-ice scoreboard - instead there is only a few flags hanging. The score-clocks are both in the ends, behind the goalies. The arena design is the standard "four-corner" design with a top concourse that was so popular in the 1960's.

Hamilton may or may not ever get an OHL team back, but one thing is certain - there is no building in the city suitable for OHL needs. Copps Coliseum is far too large and Mountain Arena is far too small. Even the old Red Wing/Fincup teams of the 1960's and 1970's generally chose to play out of the decrepit old Forum rather than play at the Mountain. By OHL standards, Mountain Arena is a two-year historical footnote. An interesting one, yes, but a footnote nonetheless.

How To Get There

From Hwy-403: Hwy-403 to Lincoln Alexander Pkwy. East on Lincoln Alexander to James St. exit. North on James to Hester St. East (right) on Hester to Mountain Arena. Arena is a short distance on the north (left) side of the road.
From QEW: Exit onto the Red Hill Valley Parkway. The RHVP will become the Lincoln Alexander Pkwy. West on Lincoln Alexander to James St. exit. North on James to Hester St. East (right) on Hester to Mountain Arena. Arena is a short distance on the north (left) side of the road.
From Downtown Hamilton: Take Main St. or King St. to James St. South on James to mountain access "East-Fifth St." road. Take the mountain access to Fifth St. and countine South on Fifth to Mohawk Rd. East (left) on Mohawk to James St. South (right) on James to Hester. East (left) on Hester a short distance to Mountain Arena. Arena is on the north (left) side of the road.
Inside Mountain Arena
Hamilton Mountain Arena
What's it Used For Today?
Mountain Arena is a footnote in OHL history. The old Hamilton OHL teams all played at the ancient Hamilton Forum on Barton St. and the Mountain Arena was never designed for the OHL. In 1976, though, the Forum was condemned and the Fincups had to find another place to play. They spent one season at the Garden City Arena in St. Catharines before moving back to Hamilton to play the 1977-78 campaign at the Mountain Arena. At the end of that season the team was sold down the highway to Brantford, where they became the Alexanders. They returned to Hamilton in 1984 as the Steelhawks, and played one more season out of the Mountain while Copps Coliseum was under construction, but eventually left again, this time for Niagara Falls. They are today the Erie Otters. Mountain Arena is today used for youth hockey and is the home of the Hamilton Red Wings Provincial Junior "A" team. If you've ever wondered what a "Fincup" is, the team name comes from an amalgamation of the names of the team owners - Joe Finochio and Ron and Mario Cupido.

Mountain Arena underwent a $3.1 million renovation in the winter of 2005-06, including landscaping work, a new sign, a new main lobby, a new concession area, new public address system, office space, and expanded dressing rooms. The city is also negotiating the purchase of a new scoreclock which will hang in the traditional space over centre ice. Finally, the arena has been partially renamed to honour Hamiltonian and retired NHLer Dave Andreychuk - the official name of the building is now the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena. The seating bowl remains largely the same, though - most of the renovations have been behind the scenes.

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Last Revised: March 29, 2004