The Quebec Colisee opened in 1949 and was renovated in 1980. It is host each year to hundred's of young people age 10 to 12 years old who are attending the world famous Pee Wee Hockey Tournament (Tournoi international de hockey Pee-Wee) during the winter carnival. (Note: Your host of Ballparks.COM was a participant in the Tournament in 1972. My name is listed in the Team Brochure right next to Wayne Gretzky!)
On May , 1998 - Roger Dumont writes: I'm the statistician of the largest international Atom tournament in North America, THE LEVIS INTERNATIONAL ATOM TOURNAMENT (QUEBEC). Our tournament is held at the end of January and the beginning of February (2 weeks). We have approximately 100 teams participating every year. Teams are coming from Europe, Usa and all parts of Canada. In our 1998 edition, a team from Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada won the AA class.
Thanks in advance in the name of all the youngsters and the 250 volunteers working at the tournament. Don't forget to let your friends know about our tournament.
Parents can participate in the Quebec City world famous winter carnival between the games.
Hockey in Quebec City dates back to 1912, when the Quebec Bulldogs won the Stanley Cup powered by hockey's first superstar, Joe Malone. After a fire destroyed the original Colisee, a new structure was erected in the 1950's to showcase the talents of Jean Beliveau, who starred with the Quebec Aces prior to joining the Montreal Canadiens. The Colisee was renovated and modernized when the Nordiques were admitted into the NHL in 1979 and remained one of the most exciting rinks in the league until 1996, when the team moved to Denver, Colorado.
"Our hockey heritage came in phase," explained Nordique assistant general manager Gilles Leger. "First there was Joe Malone and the Quebec Bulldogs. Then there was the era of Jean Beliveau and the Quebec Aces, followed by Guy Lafleur and the Quebec Remparts. The Nordique came into being in the WHA with players such as J.C. Tremblay, Marc Tardif, and Rejean Houle. Then we entered the NHL and have had exciting players like Peter Stastny and Joe Sakic."
"From a hockey point of view, this is probably the best rink in the league regarding sight lines," said Leger. "Every seat is a good seat. The other advantage of the building is the temperament of the French Canadian. They like their game, and they identify with hockey."
The arena was originally built in 1949, seating 10,034, to replace a building on the same site that had burned down a year earlier. It was known as "The House that Bˇliveau Built", as it was often filled to capacity in its earlier years to watch Jean Bˇliveau star for the Quebec Aces before moving to the NHL and the Montreal Canadiens. Two decades later, sellout crowds came to see Guy Lafleur as a member of the Quebec Remparts before, he too, would join the Canadiens.
The building went under major renovations in 1980, raising capacity to 15,750, to meet NHL standards of that era after the Nordiques made the jump from the WHA to the NHL. PepsiCo bought the naming rights on November 18, 1999, and current capacity is 15,176. Coincidentally, the former Quebec Nordiques, now known as the Colorado Avalanche, currently play at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
The arena hosted the 1971 Memorial Cup championship series, in which the Remparts defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings two games to none. Since the championship switched to a tournament format, the Coliseum has hosted it in 1991 and 2003. Internationally, the first game of the 1974 Summit Series between Canadian WHA all-stars and the Soviet national team was played at the Coliseum, as were one game in each of the 1976 and 1991 Canada Cups. The arena co-hosted the 1978 IIHF World U20 Championship with Montreal and also co-hosted, along with Halifax, the 2008 IIHF World Championships. Rendez-vous '87, a two game series between the NHL All-Stars and the Soviet national team, was another highlight in the building's history. Colisˇe Pepsi has also hosted many big concerts.