The William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex was named in honour of Bill Wilder ’40 and his gift to the arena campaign, the largest donation from an Old Boy in the history of the College to that point.
More than $16.5 million was raised from benefactors, including parents and alumni. Their commitment made the new arena a reality in early 2009.
The complex replaced the Patrick Johnson Arena, which was demolished in 2007. The new facility houses one NHL-sized and one Olympic-sized rink, which is one of only four Olympic-sized ice surfaces in Ontario.
More boys have time to practise and play, not just on teams but also as part of the core athletic program. This facility provides the College with double the ice surfaces, as well as football, rugby, soccer and hockey locker rooms, an alumni lounge, increased spectator viewing and a spacious lobby.
The facility is the first “green” arena complex at a Canadian independent school, with significant environmentally sensitive and cost-effective heating and cooling infrastructures.