100.3 The Q Centre is Vancouver Island's premier mid-sized arena. The arena officially opened in February 2004 (originally as Bear Mountain Arena); the facility has received praise for the warmth, intimacy, and tastefulness of its design. An ideal venue for concerts, tradeshows, large conferences and sporting events as there is no bad seat in the house! The facility accommodates fixed seating for 2,300, including 10 box suites, arena floor seating for up to 860 people and an additional standing room area for 480 on the concourse. Free parking, concessions, in-house catering, licensed premises, ticketing services, wireless internet, broadcasting capabilities and professional staff all add to the unique experience at The Q Centre.
The interior colors are appealing, the seating and foot room are terrific, and the dressing rooms, usually the biggest source of complaint at any arena, are spacious, well equipped, and plentiful. The multi-hued cloth banners and the three-dimensional murals on the end wall do double duty, acting as baffles as well as being decorative. There are no echoes or sound reverberations when the state-of-the-art digital sound system is cranked up. The boards are seamless Plexiglas and are NHL caliber… literally! They were bought from the Florida Panthers, who used the boards and glass for only one season before putting them on the market.