A stadium with a long history of its own,
this is where the Nordiques played their home games.
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The Colisee de Quebec was the Nordiques' one and only home ice throughout their history. Originally built in 1912 for the Quebec Bulldogs, the current building opened in 1949 after the original Colisee was destroyed in a fire. During the 50s and 60s the Colisee was home for the minor league Quebec Aces and the junior league Quebec Remparts--teams which produced hockey legends like Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur. The Colisee became the Nords' home in 1972 after Quebec City was awarded a founding World Hockey Association franchise.
Colisee de Quebec
The Colisee was renovated in 1980 shortly after the Nordiques joined the NHL. The revamped building has a capacity of 15,750 and gained a reputation for being one of the league's more exciting hockey venues.
"From a hockey point of view this is probably the best rink in the league regarding sight lines," said former Nordiques assistant general manager Giles Leger. "Every seat is a good seat."
In the mid and late 90s the Colisee served as the arena for minor league teams, first the IHL Quebec Rafales, then the AHL Quebec Citadelles. Ironically the Citadelles were the main farm team of the Nords' longtime rival, the Montreal Canadiens.
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