20 Years of Breaking Ice at Northwest Arena


The Northwest Arena Prepares for its Next Chapter as it Approaches 20 Years of Programming

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Northwest Arena is celebrating 20 years breaking ice in Western New York. The Arena is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization founded in 2002 as an economic development initiative for downtown Jamestown and is funded by public and private organizations, rentals tickets sales, and private donations. Since opening, it has hosted a large number of sports events and popular entertainers and currently draws an estimated 250,000 visitors per year.

In June of 2021 Construction is complete at the Northwest Arena. The $4.5 million expansion project that began in 2019 enhances the Northwest Arena’s facilities and ushers in the next era of programming at the organization, which will celebrate its 20th year and an open house on November 16th 5-7pm at the Northwest Arena.

The expansion included relocation and reconfiguration of staff office space, improvements to the Erie News Now Café, the addition of a snack bar immediately outside the entrance to Plyler Entry Systems B Rink, a custom storage solution for the ice bumper car fleet, major construction to the Jamestown Mattress Arena Club, the addition of a professional catering prep kitchen, and a three-story, 15,000 sq. foot addition. The contractor was E.E. Austin & Son of Erie, PA, which also has a location in Falconer. The architect was Clark Patterson Lee of Jamestown, NY.

On November 16th the community will come together and celebrate 20 years of programming and local community events for Western New York and a look forward to the next 20 years.