Cobourg Community Centre - Home to the Cobourg Kodiaks
The Arena Series - this article is the second of a six-part series on the arenas of Major Series Lacrosse. Part 2 – The Cobourg Community Centre, home to the Cobourg Kodiaks.
The Cobourg Kodiaks were established in 2016. The team was a franchise transferred from Kitchener-Waterloo. The Kodiaks play their home games out of the Cobourg Community Centre (referred to as the CCC). The Kodiaks home games are played Sunday with a 6:00 p.m. start time.
Cobourg Community Centre
The Cobourg Community Centre has ice on both ice pads throughout the winter and maintains one ice pad all year round. It is a municipally owned arena located at 750 D’Arcy Street.
If you have attended an MSL game at the CCC, you will find it is a great arena for watching lacrosse. A modern facility with excellent sight lines for viewing. Cobourg General Manager John Webb commented, "The CCC has seating for approximately two thousand fans with another 150-200 standing room. "We have been averaging 600-800 fans each game over the course of the franchise playing in Cobourg. Unfortunately, the pandemic came along and we are disappointed to miss two seasons of playing in Cobourg but we are excited with the prospect of being able to return to play for the 2022 MSL season”.
GM Webb was pleased in emphasizing – “We have a very loyal fan base in Cobourg. Fans understood because the MSL is so competitive , it would take time to reach a consistently high level in order to compete”. The Kodiaks success in attaining wins is evidence to Webb’s assertion. In 2016, the Kodiaks won only a single game, followed up with two-win seasons in 2017 and 2018. However, in 2019 - the last full season of MSL play - significant progress was apparent as Cobourg won six games.
John Webb - General Manager - Cobourg Kodiaks
John Webb acknowledges and is grateful for the support of the local business community. He knows – “Much like our fan base, we have similar support with our business partners. Our sponsorship as a whole took a hit because of the devastating effects that Covid had on small businesses. However, the core of our businesses stayed with us and that hasn't been lost on us. Viewtech Windows, Shearer Transport, MacDougall Insurance, Foodland Cobourg and Richter Law were vital in allowing us to compete in the 2021 MSL Classic. Uncommonfit also came through with an amazing jersey for our team”.
Cobourg Kodiaks Uncommonfit MSL Classic Jersey
Major Series Lacrosse Commissioner Doug Luey offered his assessment of the Cobourg Community Centre, when he offered his insight – “The Cobourg Community Centre was an unknown little gem to me and most lacrosse fans until the Kodiaks relocated. The facility is a perfect fit for Major Series Lacrosse with great lighting and seating. It is very viewer friendly, and we look forward to having the CCC host a Mann Cup in the near future”.
Very professional in his work ethic and attitude, Kodiaks' GM John Webb is optimistic about the forthcoming season - “We are looking to build on our success of the 2021 MSL Classic in which we finished the season 5-3. We started the Classic slowly but gained momentum winning our final 4 games. We have a very loyal fan base in Cobourg and we are looking forward to getting back to Cobourg to play in front of our fans again!”
Hopefully, 2022 has a return to a season of thrilling action packed MSL lacrosse. The Cobourg Kodiaks have a young skilled and still developing roster which offers plenty of reason for optimism in the Kodiaks’ ability to compete every single game as they strive to make the playoffs. As a lacrosse fan – do yourself a favour – attend a game to watch some of the very best lacrosse players in the MSL - in one of the finest venues in the league.
(Written by Rad Joseph - Member of Major Series Lacrosse Media team)