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Rogers K-Rock Centre

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"Kingston Regional Sports and Entertainment Centre"
Former names K-Rock Centre (2008-2013)
Location 1 Tragically Hip Way, Kingston, Ontario, K7K 0B4

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Owner City of Kingston
Operator SMG Canada ULC
Capacity 5,614 - Hockey
6,800 - End stage concert
3,200 - Theatre
Field size 200' X 85'
Surface Multi-surface
Broke ground July 28, 2006
Opened February 22, 2008
Construction cost $46.5 million
($50.1 million in 2020 dollars[1])
Architect Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects (BBB Architects)
Project manager PMX, Inc.
Structural engineer Halcrow Yolles
Services engineer The Mitchell Partnership Inc.
General contractor EllisDon
Kingston Frontenacs, 2008–present

The Rogers K-Rock Centre is a 5,614 seat arena in downtown Kingston, Ontario, Canada, at the intersection of Ontario Street and Place d'Armes. The arena is the home of the Kingston Frontenacs ice hockey team of the Ontario Hockey League.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place July 28, 2006,[2] and construction began November 3, 2006. On February 6, 2008, local radio station K-Rock 105.7 purchased the naming rights to the arena for 10 years at $3.3 million.[3] Kingston's The Tragically Hip performed the inaugural concert in the arena on Saturday, February 23, 2008.

The Kingston Frontenacs played their first game at their new home on February 22, 2008. Don Cherry dropped the puck for the ceremonial face off prior to the game. The Frontenacs dropped their first game in front of over 5700 fans, losing 3-2 to their rivals, the Belleville Bulls.[4] Two days later, the Fronts earned their first win at the K-Rock Centre, defeating the Peterborough Petes 7-4.[5]

From February 16 to 24, 2013, the K-Rock Centre hosted the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the Canadian women's national curling championship, becoming the first Ontario city to host the event since Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in 2010. In the tournament, Rachel Homan from Ontario defeated former Scotties champion Jennifer Jones 9-6 in the final game. Attendance for the event was over 65,000.

On August 14, 2013, the K-Rock Centre was officially renamed the Rogers K-Rock Centre.[6] Rogers Communications had purchased the radio station in 2009.

On November 7, 2013, the Rogers K-Rock Centre was named the highest grossing Canadian venue, and ranked 19th worldwide for venues between 5,000 and 10,000 seats from the period of October 16, 2012 until October 15, 2013. [7]

The arena hosted the 2015 Canadian Figure Skating Championships between January 19 and 25, 2015.


The city chose the design by Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects,[8] and construction was done by EllisDon Construction. The design allows for the expansion of the arena to 6,000 seats in the future. The centre was built on city-owned land known as the "North Block," which at the time was being used as a parking lot. An archaeological dig of the area was necessary since the southeast portion of the site was the former location of part of the historic Fort Frontenac. The remaining ruins of the fort's northwest bastion is located directly across the street from the main entrance.


  1. ^ Canadian inflation numbers based on Statistics Canada. "Consumer Price Index, historical summary". CANSIM, table (for fee) 326-0021 and Catalogue nos. 62-001-X, 62-010-X and 62-557-X. And Consumer Price Index, by province (monthly) (Canada) Last modified 2013-12-20. Retrieved January 8, 2014
  2. ^ Rees Lambert, Lynn (July 28, 2006). "City throws off shackles to build sports/rec centre". Kingston This Week. Retrieved February 18, 2008. 
  3. ^ Press, Jordan (February 6, 2000). "K-Rock sings winning tune; Radio station awarded naming rights for new sports and entertainment centre". The Kingston Whig Standard. Retrieved February 18, 2008. 
  4. ^ Ontario Hockey League Stats
  5. ^ Ontario Hockey League Stat
  6. ^ So Far So Good for Arena
  7. ^ Rogers K-Rock Centre Named Highest Grossing Canadian Venue
  8. ^ "About The Sports & Entertainment Centre". City of Kingston. Retrieved February 18, 2008. 

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