Arena News

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

PRESALE: Rock The Rink

Rock The Rink presale is now open!

PRESALE: 10:00am, Tuesday April 30 – 10:00pm, Thursday, May 2



Public Onsale: Friday, May 3 at 10:00am

What You Need to Know: The 1975 Concert

Everything You Need to Know before The 1975 Concert

Date: Friday, April 26
Time: Doors: 6:00pm
Show: 7:00pm

Live Nation announces the full concert set times on the day of the concert. Follow them on Twitter for the latest news.


Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre is easily accessible by car and transit. For directions, please click here.

Road Closures: There are road closures on Westbrook Mall, between Student Union Boulevard and University Boulevard due to construction. We recommend not to use 4th avenue to access campus for the event. View map here for road closure information.


Event parking is located at Thunderbird Parkade which is conveniently only a 2 minute walk from the venue. UBC Parking is a ‘Pay-by-Plate’ system so please note your plate before you pay at the pay machines in the parkade. There is also street parking available. For more information, visit our parking page.


Please enter through the main entrance along Wesbrook Mall. Have your mobile tickets ready to be scanned by our ticket takers at the entrance. For guests with general admission floor tickets, please enter through the designated GA line along the main entrance.

Please review the list of Prohibited Items prior to arriving on site so your entry to the event will go smoothly.


Please pack lightly. Bags larger than 12″ x 12″ will not be permitted inside the venue and patrons will be asked to return them to their vehicle.


The Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre has multiple concession stands throughout the arena that include a variety of beverage and food options. Outside food & beverages are prohibited.


The 1975 merchandise will be sold at designated stands. Arrive early to ensure you have ample time to purchase the size and style you want.


Some common FAQs can be found here. Ushers will be stationed throughout the arena if you require any assistance.


No professional camera equipment is permitted (something about detachable lenses). Any persons attempting to enter with cameras will be asked to return them to their vehicle. Full policy


There are still limited tickets available. Purchase your tickets on Ticketmaster.


Easter Weekend Facility Hours

The Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre will have adjusted hours for Easter Long Weekend.

April 19th – CLOSED
April 20th – 9:00am – 11:00pm
April 21st – 9:00am – 9:00pm
April 22nd – CLOSED

Administrative offices are closed from April 19 – 22. Have a great weekend!

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!