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Copps Coliseum is a sports and entertainment arena, on the corner of Bay Street North and York Boulevard, in Hamilton, Ontario. Depending on event, the Copps Coliseum has a capacity of up to 19,000.

It is named after the former Hamilton mayor, Victor K. Copps.

Saturday Night Live has used an exterior of the arena in many ESPN Classic sketches.

It was started at 1983 and was completed in 1985 at a cost of $33.5 million, and an additional $2.3 million for a parking garage. The construction was overseen by local Hamiltonian, Joseph Pigott.

The scoreboard clock was originally from the Winnipeg Arena, purchased for $214,000. Although it was not brand new, the scoreboard clock met the needs of Copps Coliseum.

While Copps Coliseum was built in the hope that Hamilton could draw an NHL franchise, for the past 12 seasons, beginning in October 1996, Copps Coliseum has been home to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. The Bulldogs, the top affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers (1996–2002) and the Montreal Canadiens (2002–present) have brought over 2 million fans to Copps Coliseum, and are the longest serving pro hockey team in Southern Ontario, aside from the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bulldogs are the sole primary tenant in the facility. On June 7, 2007, the Hamilton Bulldogs won their first Calder Cup Championship in franchise history at home in Copps Coliseum by defeating the Hershey Bears.

In 1986, the World Junior Hockey Championships were held in Southern Ontario, with Copps Coliseum used as the primary venue. In the decisive game, the Soviet Union defeated Canada 4-1.

In 1987, the arena was the primary host for the Canada Cup ice hockey tournament and was the site of Mario Lemieux's famous goal that beat the Soviets 6-5 in the decisive game. It hosted a number of games in the Canada Cup again in 1991 when Canada defeated USA in the finals.

On January 24, 1988, the arena hosted the World Wrestling Federation's first ever Royal Rumble. The Rumble was won by Jim Duggan.


Date Event Attendance
January 24, 1988 Royal Rumble 1988 18,000
September 27, 1998 In Your House:Breakdown 17,405

Television Programs

Date Event Attendance
June 1, 1992 Superstars #300 Unknown
June 1, 1992 Superstars #301 Unknown
June 1, 1992 Superstars #302 Unknown
September 27, 1998 Sunday Night Heat 17,405
August 16, 2004 Friday Night Smackdown Unknown
August 16, 2004 Velocity taping Unknown
September 14, 2009 Friday Night Smackdown Unknown
September 14, 2009 ECW taping Unknown
September 14, 2009 WWE Superstars Unknown

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