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Windsor Arena
Windsor Arena
The Barn
Madhouse on McDougall
Windsor Arena the old Barn home of Spitfires.jpg
Former namesBorder Cities Arena
Location334 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor, Ontario
Coordinates42°18?58?N 83°1?56?W / 42.31611°N 83.03222°W / 42.31611; -83.03222Coordinates: 42°18?58?N 83°1?56?W / 42.31611°N 83.03222°W / 42.31611; -83.03222
OwnerCity of Windsor
CapacityIce hockey: 4,400
Concerts: 6,264
Windsor Minor Hockey Association (1924-2013)
Detroit Cougars (NHL) (1926-1927)
Windsor Bulldogs (OHA Senior A/IHL) (1953-1965)
Windsor Spitfires (OHL) (1975-2008)
Windsor Lancers (OUA) (2008-2013)

Windsor Arena (nicknamed The Barn, because of its age, wooden construction, and its appearance of a giant barn) is an indoor arena located in Windsor, Ontario. Its capacity is approximately 4,400 with standing room. The arena's ice is an asymmetrical 80 feet (24 m) by 195 feet (59 m) or 15,600 square feet (1,450 m2). The arena was the home of the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League from 1975 to 2008, at which time the team's home was moved to the WFCU Centre.


Spitfires old banners (in 2012) still hanging in The Barn. Includes Mickey Renaud, 1988 OHL Championship banner, Adam Graves, etc.

Originally named the Border Cities Arena, it hosted the Detroit Cougars (later renamed the Detroit Red Wings) for the 1926-1927 NHL season, while the Olympia Stadium was under construction. The Border Cities Arena, built in 1925 for the local junior hockey team, was expanded from 6,000 to 9,000 for the Cougars. The arena was later renamed the Windsor Arena.

Having been constructed in 1924, the arena is among the oldest of its type in North America.

In 2006, the WFCU Centre, located in the city's east side off Lauzon Road, was approved by the Windsor city council. The decision to replace the arena is attributed to complaints about Windsor Arena's seating and tiny concourses.

The Spitfires' final game at the Windsor Arena was played on December 4, 2008. Windsor beat the Guelph Storm 2-1, giving the Spitfires a perfect 12-0 record at The Barn for the 2008-09 season.

From 2009 until 2013, the University of Windsor Lancers hockey teams took over as the major tenants of the arena. Also, the Windsor Minor Hockey Association used this arena for games until 2013.

In February 2014, the arena was used as a site for salt storage.[1] I In April 2014, Catholic Central High School proposed a plan to construct a new school on the site, with the full demolition of Windsor Arena being part of the plan without any emphasis.[2] The City of Windsor approved the plan to build the new Catholic Central High School on this site; however, the plans never came to fruition and the school was constructed elsewhere.[3]

Panoramic view inside arena during Windsor Lancers men's hockey team playoff game, February 16, 2012. (click to enlarge)


  1. ^ "City stockpiling 3,500 tonnes of salt in Windsor Arena | CBC News".
  2. ^ "Home | Windsor Star".
  3. ^ "Board gets nod for new $26M replacement for Catholic Central | CBC News".

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The Barn on November 3, 2008. Windsor Spitfires and Oshawa Generals face-off to open third period.
Windsor Arena interior.
Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Detroit Cougars

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Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Windsor Spitfires

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