Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria

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Tourist Spot Arena / Stadium
The Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre (SOFMC) is an indoor arena located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and is the largest arena in British Columbia outside of Vancouver. It is primarily used for ice hockey, previously the home arena of the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL, and currently the home of the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League. It is also used for concerts and other special events such as figure skating, curling, plays, trade shows and conferences. It is also opened for public ice skating on special occasions; the public skated with the former Victoria Salmon Kings players after some of the games. The building also features a fine dining restaurant (Lion's Den Restaurant), retail & meeting space. Shaw Communications has a TV studio on the main floor and itgroove Professional Services shares office space with the arena and Victoria Royals personnel. It occupies the site of the former Victoria Memorial Arena as its successor facility. It is located within 10–15 minutes walking distance from the other Downtown Victoria landmarks such as: Chinatown, Victoria, Bay Centre shopping centre and Market Square, Victoria.
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TripAdvisor
  • I must say the Save on Foods centre isnt a well designed facility. Love the local hockey team. Not much food selection , parking as next to none. Transit here isn not great.  more »
  • Seats just over 7000 for hockey. Home of the Victoria Royals major junior team in the WHL. Also a good venue for concerts and ice shows etc.  more »
  • Great venue. Friendly staff. Good sightlines for hockey! Website needs updating as it indicated (2 days before visiting) that concessions were CASH ONLY. In reality, they all use Square for mist credi...  more »
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  • Lots of fun events here. Parking can be a pain but the entertainment is always worth it. Close to good restaurants​ for pre or post event food
  • I've been to this location 2 times for comedian performances. Food is grossly overpriced but what performance food vending places don't price gouge? Lost 1 star for floor seating. The chairs are locked together and we are sitting so close to the next person you would think everyone has a close and personal relationship. Now, NOT many people are the perfect 130 lbs at 5"5' so, my seat is usually half over taken from the man or lady seated next to me and I am usually half in my boyfriends lap trying to avoid having a stranger in mine. Considering the prices the tickets cost you would think they could afford a more comfortable space accomodating seat for the floor. I'm not asking for a recliner, just some room to breathe​ ;)
  • Everything about this place is fine except for the concession. For a publicly funded venue it would be decent if they supported local breweries since we have in my opinion some of the best in the pacific northwest. I'll buy one at start of hockey game but they're so god awful i can't bring myself to buy a second especially at $8.50... And I'm not seeing sold out Royals games when i go so i don't know where they get the idea to charge big city prices.
  • I go to hockey games and concerts here. Easy access. Clean washrooms. Parking is a problem. Very limited parking. I usually take a taxi because of this.
  • As others have mentioned a newer arena and a great facility. It's a great place for concerts or to catch a Royals WHL game. The only issue is parking which... really is a big issue especially if you have mobility challenges