History

The Halifax Forum is truly a piece of Canadiana, a cultural landmark and a part of the great heritage of Halifax.

It has been the home to prizefighters, top music acts, heroes of hockey and stars of the skating world.

Built in 1927, on the ruined grounds of the Provincial Exhibition Building which was destroyed during the infamous Halifax Explosion, the Halifax Forum became the premier meeting place for sports, recreation, commerce and entertainment for decades to come.

Opened 1927

The Halifax Forum opened its doors to the public December 26th, 1927 for a public skate on the 1st artificial ice surface East of Montreal. The Forum Complex consisted of this state of the art arena, an Industrial Building, the Cattle Shed, the Grandstand Building , a horse Race Track and its accompanying horse barns. The owner of this complex in 1948 was His Majesty the King George VI and His Majesty the King sold the land and its properties to the City of Halifax in 1948 and HRM is still the owner today.

Over The Years

Many prosperous years followed for the Forum and the city. Centre stage featured Reba MacEntyre, Alabama, Kiss centre ice hosted Guy Lafleur’s first professional goal and centre ring saw Mohammad Ali and Hulk Hogan and the WWF for the 1st time in Nova Scotia.

Forum was home ice for Nova Scotia’s first professional hockey team the Nova Scotia Voyageurs who , as an affiliate team to the Montreal Canadiens, was the first Canadian team to win the Calder Cup in ’72,’76 and ’77. These teams featured coach Al MacNeil, Ken Dryden, Guy Carbonneau, Larry Robinson and Yvonne Lambert just to name a few.

1978, the Forum lost the professional franchise along with many of the larger acts as they moved to the new Halifax Metro Centre.

The 1980’s was a battle for survival as deficits grew and no capital money was available. The future was uncertain. It was during these lean times that the management and Board of the HFCA accepted its new mandate to provide community service and try to generate revenue through many smaller diverse events as opposed to the large production