Aitken University Centre

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Building Name: Aitken University Centre

Aitken University Centre, [198-?]. PR; Series 2; Sub-series 1; File 135; Item 2.

Other Names: Aitken Centre, AUC

Civic Address: 20 Mackay Dr.

Sod Turning: July 1974

Cornerstone Laying: [ca. 1974]

Opened for Use: May 1976

Official Opening: 13 May 1976 by Sir Max Aitken

Architect: Murray & Murray

Named for: Sir Max Aitken, (John William Maxwell "Max" Aitken), Chancellor of UNB 1964 - 1982. Gift to UNB from the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation.

Renovations/changes/additions: Replacement of roof, arena floor, arena boards, and glass in 2009; the construction of the UNB Alumni Box was completed in 2012.

Notes: With construction beginning 16 July 1974, the Aitken Centre was built with a capacity of 4000 seats. The building is 205' wide by 310' long and features an 85' by 200' ice surface and is home to the UNB Varsity Reds Men's Hockey team. The arena also plays host to community events such as concerts, conventions, and various sports events. On 14 May 1980 a conference/reception/meeting room in the Aitken Centre was dedicated to Ashley Colter.

Named Spaces: Colter Room, named for Ashley A. Colter. The finished room and contents were presented to UNB in memory of Colter by the Colter Group of Companies in 1980.


  • Leroux, John. Building A University: The Architecture of UNB. Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions, 2010, pp. 113-114.
  • UA Case 123; Section 3; Box 1; Aitken University Centre.

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