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REFRIGERATION & ICE

Heritage Highlight:
Varsity Arena -
University of Toronto

By Dick Burgess and Graham Nesbitt, RRFA, CIT
Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc., Coordinator, Training and Development

F

or over 90 years, the
University of Toronto
(U of T) Varsity Arena
has seen generations of
elite student-athletes,
future legends, political
leaders, musicians and
record-setters walk through its doors. If
the walls could talk, imagine the stories
they could share! With the foresight and
generosity of private and public donors
over the years, the facility has seen a

variety of historic events and has gone
through several transformations. Even
today, it continues to be a vibrant part of
the community, creating new memories
and experiences for generations to come.

How It All Began
U of T's oldest and most successful
team, the Varsity Blues, was formed on
January 15, 1891. During those early
times, the Varsity Blues and other U of
T intramural hockey programs often

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played in areas near the campus, but continually searched for ice time that could
be secured for the teams. The Varsity
Blues practised and played on various
natural ice rinks over the years, which
included on the Back Campus, Victoria
Rink on Huron Street and the covered
Arena Gardens on Mutual Street. The
conditions were less than favourable,
and complaints from both players and
coaches started to mount. The travel time
from rink to rink was becoming an issue,
and the ice conditions were worsening.
Both players and coaches were at the
mercy of the weather, making the elements for perfect natural ice conditions
unacceptable. Playing outdoors became
unpredictable and disappointing. There
needed to be a change.
In 1921, there was a lot of chatter
among supporters about building a new
arena for the University. One of the
proposals received for the new build
included a seating capacity of 7,000
and was estimated to cost approximately $400,000. Funding this initiative
required tremendous support, and with
no grant resources available at the time,
supporters decided to sell investment
bonds to fund it. The investment bonds
would cost between $100 and $150 and
grant the purchaser exclusive access for
all tickets to events held at the new arena.
The Varsity Arena was built directly east
of the Varsity Stadium in 1926 and came
well under budget of the proposed estimate. The total cost of the new arena
was $275,770.40.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Fall 2017

ORFA Regional Training
Heritage Highlight: Varsity Arena – University of Toronto
Cemeterian: The Operation and Preservation of Cemeteries in Ontario and the Importance of Cemetery Care and Maintenance Trust Fund/Accounts
Technical Support Renewed
ORFA Professional Designations
Energy Champion – Taking Action
Providing Safe Access to IHSC Cooling Towers/Evaporative Condensers
Electrical Hazards: The Importance of Lock-Out/Tag-Out
Slip and Fall Outside of a Community Centre
Winds of Change
Recreation Facilities Asset Management
Member Profile – Kevin Gale, CIT, RRFS Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury
Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
ACC Facility Post-Season Scheduling Challenges
Index of Advertisers
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - ORFA Regional Training
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Heritage Highlight: Varsity Arena – University of Toronto
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Cemeterian: The Operation and Preservation of Cemeteries in Ontario and the Importance of Cemetery Care and Maintenance Trust Fund/Accounts
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 15
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Technical Support Renewed
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 17
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - ORFA Professional Designations
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Energy Champion – Taking Action
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 20
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 21
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Providing Safe Access to IHSC Cooling Towers/Evaporative Condensers
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 23
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 24
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Electrical Hazards: The Importance of Lock-Out/Tag-Out
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 27
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 28
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Slip and Fall Outside of a Community Centre
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 31
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 32
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Winds of Change
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 35
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Recreation Facilities Asset Management
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Member Profile – Kevin Gale, CIT, RRFS Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 38
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 39
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - ACC Facility Post-Season Scheduling Challenges
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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