The state-of-the-art 7,000 seat facility is home to the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League and regularly hosts large-scale concerts and other special events such as figure skating, curling, plays, trade shows and conferences.
SOFMC also features a fine dining Lion’s Den Restaurant, retail & meeting space, a Shaw Communications, TV studio, club lounge, concourse and retail space.
At Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, we strive to bring people together through sports, entertainment, and shared experiences that inspire our fans and our community. We are committed to innovation, sustainability, and providing a state-of-the-art entertainment experience for Vancouver Island.
We are part of GSL Group, where we build better communities through better connections.
Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre opened on March 26, 2005 with a maximum seating capacity of 7,000 for hockey games and 9,000 for concerts. The arena was developed and is operated by GSL Group (previously R.G. Properties), a Vancouver-based development and entertainment company with commercial and recreational facilities throughout BC and the current owner of Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League.
Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre replaced the Memorial Arena, also known as the “Barn on Blanshard” (rectangular with a curved roof, resembling a barn or aircraft hangar) which had been constructed in 1949.
The first concert to be held at Save-On-Foods-Memorial Centre was a Rod Stewart concert. Since then the arena has hosted various high-profile sporting and entertainment events including Aerosmith, Backstreet Boys, Bryan Adams, Black Eyed Peas, Prince, Cher, Michael Buble, Sir Elton John, Cirque du Soleil, Bill Clinton, World Juniors Hockey, Vancouver Canucks, WWE Wrestling and more.