Arena News

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


Just Announced: 2021 Skate Canada International

Skate Canada announced that Vancouver, British Columbia, will host the 47th Skate Canada International. The event will take place at the arena at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre from October 29 – 31, 2021.

“Skate Canada is thrilled to welcome some of the best skaters from around the world to Vancouver for the 2021 Skate Canada international. We are looking forward the 2021-22 season and creating memorable moments for all skating fans,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “We are thrilled to be working with the city of Vancouver and Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre again next year to create an event all participants will enjoy.”  

“Sport Hosting Vancouver is proud to continue our relationship with Skate Canada with the hosting the 2021 Skate Canada International,” said Michelle Collens, Senior Manager, Sport Hosting Vancouver. “Our combined hosting history will allow us to creatively reimagine the event experience and ensure the confidence to deliver live events once again. We look forward to welcoming both participants and spectators back to British Columbia when it is safe to do so.”

Skate Canada International is the second competition in the annual International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figuring Skating series. The other events take place in the United States (Skate America), China (Cup of China), Japan (NHK Trophy), Russia (Rostelecom Cup) and France (Internationaux de France).

Each skater/team can be assigned a maximum of two events. Skaters are awarded points based on their placements at their events. The top six from each discipline (men, women, pair and ice dance) qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

The inaugural Skate Canada International was first held in 1973 in Calgary and the event was added to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in 1995, the year the series began. Vancouver has been a longtime partner of figure skating, hosting world renowned events such as the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in 2001 and 1960 and the 2018 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. This is their second time hosting Skate Canada International, they previously hosted in 1978.


February Ice Availability

February Ice Availability

We have times available for booking between February 21 – 23, and February 28 – 29. 20% off if they are booked within a week of the rental. The rate is $469.00/hour plus GST and insurance.

Please email ice.rink@ubc.ca for more information and to book.


Unforgettable Night for Sold Out Dermot Kennedy Show

Photo Credit: Rich Lam/UBC Athletics & Recreation

Vancouver, BC – Irish singer-songwriter and musician, Dermot Kennedy, kicked off his North American phase of his tour here at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. The sold out crowd loved every minute of his performance, singing along, phone lights out; the atmosphere was indescribable. Thank you Dermot Kennedy for an unforgettable evening!

https://twitter.com/DermotKennedy/status/1221003238134243330

Photo Credit: Rich Lam/UBC Athletics & Recreation

Photo Credit: Rich Lam/UBC Athletics & Recreation

Photo Credit: Rich Lam/UBC Athletics & Recreation


What a Year 2019 Was!

2019 was an eventful year here at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre! Here is a look back at some of the events we hosted here.

March 31 2019: Doug Mitchell Arena hosts James Bay at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. ****(Photo by Rich Lam/UBC Athletics – University of BC – 2019 All Rights Reserved)****

August 20 2019: Doug Mitchell Arena hosts Nickelodeon star JoJo Siwa at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. ****(Photo by Rich Lam/UBC Athletics – University of BC – 2019 All Rights Reserved)****

September 28 2019: Doug Mitchell Arena hosts Of Monsters and Men at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. ****(Photo by Bob Frid/UBC Athletics – University of BC – 2019 All Rights Reserved)****

October 05 2019: Doug Mitchell Arena hosts recording artist Logic at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. ****(Photo by Bob Frid/UBC Athletics – University of BC – 2019 All Rights Reserved)****

 

08 October 2019: Doug Mitchell Arena hosts artists Bastille at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. ****(Photo by Bob Frid/UBC Athletics – University of BC – 2019 All Rights Reserved)****

 

18 October 2019: Doug Mitchell Arena hosts Hozier at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. ****(Photo by Bob Frid/UBC Athletics – University of BC – 2019 All Rights Reserved)****

November 26 2019: Doug Mitchell Arena hosts Canadian artist Daniel Caesar for two nights at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. ****(Photo by Rich Lam/UBC Athletics – University of BC – 2019 All Rights Reserved)****


Remembrance Day Weekend Hours

The Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre will have adjusted hours for the Remembrance Day Weekend.

Saturday November 9: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday November 10: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Monday November 11: CLOSED

Administration Offices will be closed Nov 9 to 11. For other UBC Recreation facility hours, please click here.