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Pictou County Wellness Centre

Pictou County Wellness Centre
Location 2756 Westville Road
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
B2H 5E6
Owner The County of Pictou
Capacity Sobeys Arena 1,660 (Expandable to 2,835)
Bell Aliant Arena 144
Broke ground August 8, 2010
Opened December 6, 2012
Construction cost C$35.0 million
Pictou County Crushers (MHL) (2012-present)
2014 Major Midget Atlantics

The Pictou County Wellness Centre is a, multi-purpose sporting facility located in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. The facility features 2 NHL sized hockey arenas, an olympic sized swimming pool, a fitness centre and, a gymnasium. The facility opened on December 6, 2012. The opening day featured a MHL game between the Pictou County Crushers and the Bridgewater Lumberjacks.

There are two arenas in the Pictou County Wellness Centre, one being the main arena called the Sobeys Arena, and the other, an auxiliary arena named, the Bell Aliant arena. The Pictou County YMCA calls the Pictou County Wellness Centre home as they are the owners of the pool, gymnasium and, fitness centre.

Interior view of the Sobeys Arena (Click to enlarge)

In May 2013 it was announced that the John Brother MacDonald Stadium would be coming to a close to help with the opening year deficit from the Wellness Centre of $445,500 and put the usage of the arenas from 42% to 74%.

Three hockey teams play in the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The teams are, the Pictou County Crushers of the Maritime Junior Hockey League, the Weeks Major Midgets and the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers. The rinks also hosts the Banatam Memorial hockey tournament annually.

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