Kitchener: The Aud


Upgrade Underway to Kinsmen Arena and Kiwanis Arena Floors at The Aud, Summer 2017

After 35 years of hosting ringette, hockey, skating, lacrosse, festivals and trade shows, the Kinsmen Arena and Kiwanis Arena at The Aud will be upgraded. Starting at the beginning of May, the beloved twin pads at The Aud will undergo renovations to include improvements to accessibility and energy efficiency.

This renovation also brings an increase in floor space as the apron and the floor will be updated to be the same level. The project is expected to wrap up at the end of August just in time for the 2017-2018 hockey season.

Check out the latest updates in pictures >

Kinsmen and Kiwanis Arenas

The apron surrounding both rinks pose accessibility problems during shows. The new floor will not have this lip and will be more AODA compliant as well as provide improved space for shows.

Removal of the floor apron will help accessibility

Renovation Progress News

May 18, 2017: All concrete has been removed from the Kinsmen pad and the pieces are being pulled from the Kiwanis pad. They are cut piece by piece and removed. 

Kinsmen Rink No Floor

Kiwanis Rink No Floor

MAY 11, 2017: After all fixtures are taped up to prevent dust from getting in, cutting of the old floor begins. Sparks fly from a liquid cooled concrete saw that divides the old floor into manageable sections for removal.

Taped up fixtures in the Kinsmen rink as concrete gets cut

Sparks fly from a concrete cutter as the old floor is sectioned for removal

MAY 9, 2017: Construction has now started and will conclude in time for the fall/winter ice to be put back in! Watch progress through the summer by signing up for the Aud Club, our bi-monthly newsletter! Sign up here >

Under construction