Arena News

Updates about the latest announcements and events happening at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.



Family Day Long Weekend Hours

The administrative offices will be closed from February 16-18, 2019 for Family Day Long Weekend.

The Pro Shop will be open:

February 16, 2019: 9:00AM – 11:00PM
February 17, 2019: 
9:00AM – 9:00PM
February 18, 2019: 
7:00AM – 4:00PM

For full list of all UBC Recreation facilities hours for the long weekend, click here.


CTNSC18 Finalist for Canadian Event of the Year

 

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Tire National Skating Championships hosted at Thunderbird Arena from January 8 – 14, 2018 has been named a finalist for Canadian Event of the Year for the 13th Annual Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) PRESTIGE Awards. The PRESTIGE (Program Recognizing Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games & Events) Awards, have honoured events, people, and organizations all over Canada.

CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year (GROUP A) Finalists:

  • 106th Grey Cup and 2018 Grey Cup Festival (Edmonton, AB)
  • 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships (Vancouver, BC)
  • 2018 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship (North Bay. ON)

For full list of finalists, click here.


Inaugural CAN Pro-Am a Major Success!

VANCOUVER, BC – The inaugural 2019 CAN Pro-Am Hockey Tournament hosted by the Canucks Autism Network gave amateur players an exclusive opportunity to compete alongside NHL Alumni. The event was themed ‘The Best of BC’ featured former NHL players that either played for the Vancouver Canucks or were born in British Columbia including Cliff Ronning, Brendan Morrison, Chris Higgins, Kirk McLean, recently retired Daniel Sedin, and more! The tournament was hosted at both UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre and Rogers Arena, and was a major success with each team raising over an average of $35,000 for BC families with autism. The weekend was an amazing experience for all!

https://twitter.com/canucksautism/status/1089327708343984128


Sold Out Winter Classic Brings Raucous Crowd to T-Bird Arena

****(Photo by Bob Frid/UBC Athletics 2019 All Rights Reserved)****

VANCOUVER, BC – The fifth annual UBC Winter Classic brought a sold out crowd to the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre on Friday, January 25. The atmosphere was like no other at the Point Grey Campus with students, alumni, and families filling the stands with ‘Blue & Gold’ cheering for the UBC Thunderbirds Men’s Hockey Team. The concourse had various activations including a mechanical bull, poster-making and much more. The back-and-forth between the Thunderbirds and Calgary left fans on the edge of their seats, as the game went to overtime. Though the home team eventually fell in extra time, the night was an unforgettable experience for fans and players-alike and is an event all UBC students should add to their university bucket list!

***(Rich Lam/UBC Athletics Photo)***

***(Rich Lam/UBC Athletics Photo)***

****(Photo by Bob Frid/UBC Athletics 2019 All Rights Reserved)****

***(Rich Lam/UBC Athletics Photo)***

***(Rich Lam/UBC Athletics Photo)***

***(Rich Lam/UBC Athletics Photo)***

 

****(Photo by Bob Frid/UBC Athletics 2019 All Rights Reserved)****

***(Rich Lam/UBC Athletics Photo)***

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UBC Winter Classic – The Biggest Hockey Game of the Year!

Are you ready for the fifth annual UBC Winter Classic? In 2017 & 2018, it SOLD OUT with over 5,500 fans cheering on the UBC Thunderbirds Men’s Hockey Team and this year should be no different!

WHEN: January 18th at 7:00 PM (Doors open @ 5:00 PM)
WHERE: Thunderbird Arena at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
VS: Calgary Dinos

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Come early for the pre-game festival on the arena concourse (continues throughout game play). In addition to the main event hockey game, your ticket gets you access to:
  • Outdoor festival zone in front of arena
  • Live music & DJs
  • Dance teams
  • Hockey skills games
  • Lots of giveaways & prizes
  • Face painting & poster making stations
  • Food & drinks

This is a not-to-be-missed event on campus and a great way to kick off your weekend.

Watch for our booths in the Nest on campus on Friday 11, Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 January to pick up tickets if you can’t buy online.

For our UBC Alumni we have created an exclusive game night experience.

As alumni, you have access to a special ticket package that allows you to skip the lines and enjoy the Thunderbird Alumni Blue Zone with great swag, upgraded private bar & concession, hosted snacks and exclusive seats.

WHEN: Alumni Blue Zone opens at 6:00PM (Game time 7:00PM)
WHERE: Thunderbird Arena at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

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ANNOUNCEMENT: JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour

She is D.R.E.A.M.ing even bigger! JoJo Siwa has added more dates to Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M The Tour and is coming to Thunderbird Arena on August 20, 2019. Tickets on sale Friday at 10:00 AM. Purchase them here.

 

JOJO SIWA’s OFFICIAL SOCIAL HANDLE:

Facebook: @itsjojosiwa

Instagram: @itsjojosiwa

Twitter: @itsjojosiwa

 

Nickelodeon OFFICIAL SOCIAL HANDLES:

Facebook: @Nickelodeon

Instagram: @Nickelodeon

Twitter: @Nickelodeon


What You Need To Know: ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

From December 6 – 9, the world’s best figure skaters will compete in The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. This is the concluding event of the ISU Grand Prix circuit which saw previous competitions hosted in the United States, Russia, France, China, and Japan. The event will also include the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2018/19.

The Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre’s top priority is to provide a safe and world class experience for all fans. Please read the following information that guests may want to know prior to the event.

BOX OFFICE OPENING TIMES

  • Wednesday, December 5: 8:30 AM
  • Thursday, December 6: 6:45 AM
  • Friday, December 7: 7:15 AM
  • Saturday, December 8: 7:45 AM
  • Sunday, December 9: 12:00 PM

Full schedule of events can be found on the Skate Canada website here.

GUEST INFORMATION

Site Maps

Please refer to our site maps below for locations for sections, washrooms, concessions, elevators & more.

Concession

We offer a variety of food & beverage options at our concessions which are located throughout the arena including exciting new healthy food choices. View site maps above for concession locations. There are also food options nearby in Wesbrook Village.

 Main Concession – North Concourse & South Concourse (lower level)

Menu

  • Chicken Strips & Fries
  • Hot Dog – Beef & Veggie
  • Popcorn
  • Jumbo Pretzels

Satellite Station #1 – North Concourse, Outside Sec 115

Morning Menu (8:00am – 11:00am)

  • Muffins – Blueberry Bran, Carrot Zucchini, Double Chocolate
  • Cinnamon Buns
  • Danishes – Blueberry Custard, Raspberry Cream Cheese
  • Gluten Free Pastries
  • Lemon Blueberry Overnight Oats (vegan)
  • Chia Pudding Parfait (vegan)
  • Wild Berry Parfait (vegetarian)
  • Mediterranean Breakfast Wrap (vegan)
  • Ham & Cheese Breakfast Wrap
  • Breakfast Samosa
  • Vegetarian Breakfast Samosa

Lunch/Dinner Menu (11am onwards)

  • Cookies – Chocolate Chunk, Coconut Oatmeal Raisin
  • Fresh Fruit Cups
  • Fresh Vegetable Crudité Cups
  • Harvest Sandwiches – Shaved Ham & Brie Baguette, Festive Chicken Crancherry, Russian Egg Salad, Veggie Delight
  • Harvest Salads – Thunderbird Salad (vegan), Candied Salmon Nicoise Salad, Smoked Tofu Nicoise Salad

Satellite Station #2 – North Concourse, Outside Sec 114

Morning Menu (8:00am – 11:00am)

  • Delish Smoothies – Delish, Hawaiian Sun, Rise & Shine
  • BC Wild Mushroom & Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Lunch/Dinner Menu (11:00am onwards)

  • Soup – Herbed Chicken & Rice, Mediterranean Vegetable
  • West Coast Wild Salmon Burger
  • Thai Coconut Buddha Bowl
  • Red Lentil & Butternut Squash Stew
  • Super Crunch Salad

Satellite Station #3 – West Concourse, Outside Sec 111 & 112

 

Menu

  • Pacific Poke Bowls – The Main, The Keefer, The Veggie
  • Bento Sushi – Fuji Combo, Cucumber Roll, Philadelphia Roll

Satellite Station #4 – South Concourse

Morning Menu (8:00am – 11:00am)

  • Delish Smoothies – Delish, Hawaiian Sun, Rise & Shine
  • Muffins – Blueberry Bran, Carrot Zucchini, Double Chocolate
  • Cinnamon Buns
  • Danishes – Blueberry Custard, Raspberry Cream Cheese
  • Gluten Free Pastries
  • Lemon Blueberry Overnight Oats (vegan)
  • Chia Pudding Parfait (vegan)
  • Wild Berry Parfait (vegetarian)
  • Mediterranean Breakfast Wrap (vegan)
  • Ham & Cheese Breakfast Wrap
  • Breakfast Samosa
  • Vegetarian Breakfast Samosa

Lunch/Dinner Menu (11:00am onwards)

  • Soup – Herbed Chicken & Rice, Mediterranean Vegetable
  • Chili & Bun
  • Hot Carved Beef Brisket Sandwich
  • Beyond Burger

Getting Here

UBC is easily accessible by car and public transit. Find directions here. Please plan ahead and allow ample time to find parking and to enter the arena.

In & Out Policy

Exit and Re-entry is allowed for the duration of the event. Please keep your tickets with you at all times as you will need them scanned upon exit and re-entry each time.

Skate Canada’s Camera Policy

At Skate Canada events, spectators are permitted to use small point and shoot cameras for personal use only. The following guidelines will be enforced:

  • No flash photography
  • No camera bags in venue
  • No use of professional cameras and/or detachable lenses
  • Camera cannot interfere with other fans’ enjoyment
  • Any resale of photography or posting photos on professional websites is strictly prohibited
  • Absolutely no video recording is allowed. Only accredited coaches and team managers may be permitted to videotape their own skater/team from rinkside during that skater’s/team’s practice or performance. If athletes wish to obtain a video of their programs, they may purchase a copy from the licensed video distributor on site if applicable.

Spectators not abiding by these restrictions risk having their camera confiscated by venue security staff. Additionally, Skate Canada staff reserves the right to restrict use of other types of cameras should they feel the quality and/or type of camera fail to protect the athletes’ and/or event’s interests. For more details on Skate Canada’s camera policy, please visit there website here.

Dress Warmly

We encourage guests to dress warmly as it does get cold in the arena, especially those who will be spectating for a long duration.

Prohibited Items

Thunderbird Arena strives to provide a safe and enjoyable entertainment experience for everyone; therefore, for safety and security reasons, patrons and their belongings may be subject to inspection prior to entering the venue. Items that may be considered dangerous by security services to other ticket holders may be confiscated and / or not returned.

Empty personal water bottles are allowed and can be filled inside the arena.

Some frequently asked items that are not permitted inside the venue:

  • All outside food and beverage
  • Personal lawn chair and stadium seats (A small personal cushion is allowed)

Unless stated specifically for this event, our full prohibited items list found can be found here.

PARKING

Daily parking options and parking packages information are available for guests. 1 day parking is $9.44 per day and 5-day parking is $35.00. Save money by purchasing your parking package in advance. Click here to purchase parking.

ACCESSIBILITY

Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre is pleased to welcome guests of all abilities to our facility. For those patrons with specific needs we are pleased to offer several accessibility features listed below.

Accessible Drop-Off

The accessible drop-off area is located at the east entrance of Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre on Wesbrook Mall.

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking is available at the Thunderbird Parkade, and all other parking lots located within a short distance from the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.

Accessible Seating

Accessible seating is located at the West Concourse in front of the West Bleachers. View map.

Accessible Washrooms

There are accessible stalls in each bathroom at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. There are also Universal Washrooms on each floor.

Animals

Trained guide dogs or service animals assisting guests with disabilities are permitted inside Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. All other animals are prohibited.

Elevators

Two elevators are located on the East side of the arena for wheelchair access to all levels as indicated on our map. Patrons with disabilities receive preferential access to elevators.

FAQS

Do children require a ticket?

Children under two years of age do not require a ticket if they do not require a seat. If they require a seat, a ticket must be purchased at full price.

Where is the kiss and cry located?

The kiss and cry will be constructed between sections 101 and 118.

Where is the judges’ stand located?

The judges’ stand will be constructed in front sections 114, 115 and 116.

Can I bring flags, banners or noisemakers to the event?

Handheld flags and fan signs are permitted in the arena however must not obstruct the view of or distract other patrons in the stands.

Airhorns and noisemakers requiring batteries or compressed air are not permitted in the arena. Small handheld noisemakers may only be used following a skater’s program or during ice resurfacing.

Flags, signs/banners and noisemakers must be stowed away when asked by venue or Skate Canada staff if they become disruptive to fellow patrons.

Is smoking allowed in the building?

Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre is a smoke-free building.  Smoking is only permitted in exterior designated areas.

For additional information, please visit Skate Canada.

 


Parking for ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final

Daily parking options and parking packages are available for guests attending the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. 1 day parking is $9.44 per day and 5-day parking is $35.00. Save money by purchasing your parking package in advance. First-time users must create an account with UBC Parking in order to purchase permits.

PURCHASING PARKING PERMIT STEPS:

  1. Go to the UBC Parking website here and and click “Register Here”
  2. Fill out your information on the Guest User Registration page to create an account.
  3. Click ‘Proceed to log in to your new account’
  4. Enter your Drivers License and your Password on the Guest Login for UBC Parking page to login.
  5. Once you login, you will be on the Parking Portal page. Click Get Permits.
  6. Click Next on Purchase a UBC Vancouver Parking Permit page.
  7. Click Next if email address is correct.
  8. Under Figure Skating Grand Prix 2018, select the parking of your choice.
  9. After selecting your desired parking permit, scroll down and check the box ‘I have read and understand the above statements.‘ Then click Next.
  10. Select the dates you wish to apply your parking permit. Please ensure the calendar is for December 2018. If you selected the 5 day permit, select Dec 5 as your starting date. Click Next.
  11. Fill out your vehicle information.
  12. Select Parking Locations – All parking locations listed will be covered by these permits.
  13. After you reviewed you order, click Submit. You will be taken to a secure payment page where you may pay using your Credit Card or INTERAC Online.
  14. A receipt will appear and you may save this page for your records.

No physical pass or ticket is needed for the event since your vehicle will be registered onto the UBC Parking system. Any questions about parking can be reached at parking.support@ubc.ca or www.parking.ubc.ca.