Located on the campus of Lambton College, the 5500 capacity Progressive Auto Sales Arena is best known for being home ice for the Sarnia Sting, Sarnia’s OHL team. This arena was previously known as the RBC Centre and the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre. It is common that people still refer to it as previously named, and some frequent visitors still inquire about Sarnia Hotels near RBC Centre.
Visitors to the area are typically drawn by OHL games, a live event or concert, or a hockey tournament. Searching for accommodation is difficult in that area of the city of Sarnia because there is not much around. In fact, the closest hotel to the arena is the Comfort Inn Sarnia located just off the 402 Highway. It’s a convenient place to stay and offers quick access to the US border. Prices vary during the year but look to pay $110-140/night.
Sarnia Hotels Close To Progressive Auto Sales Arena
If you were to drive another five minutes west there are a cluster of hotels on Venetian Boulevard (Hampton Inn by Hilton Sarnia/Point Edward, Holiday Inn Sarnia Hotel & Conf Centre, Best Western Plus Guildwood Inn). Although this is technically Point Edward, everything there is a relatively close drive. There is the Blue Water Bridges and the fry trucks are a popular destination for families with children. The waterfront is a close drive and a healthy walk from the hotels. There are various dining opportunities downtown Sarnia, and we have all of the current options listed here.
Other Sarnia hotels near the Progressive Auto Sales Arena (formerly RBC Centre) are the Quality Inn and the Drawbridge Inn on Christina Street. Again, both of those are minutes from the 402 highway. Prices jump between $75-110, again depending on the time of year.
One other option is the Highway 7 London Line, also known as the Golden Mile. There are a string of Motels (The Gables Inn, Fauld’s Motel Sarnia, Palace Inn Motel, Versatile Inn Hotel) that are in fact closer to the arena then the hotels to the west side of the city. There are reported issues in quality when staying in some of those motels.
Sarnia Hotels Near Former RBC Centre Now Progressive Auto Sales Arena
If you are a visiting hockey team for a tournament, I highly recommended booking your hotel well in advance. Lodging will fill up during the winter weekends for these tournaments. Many of the Top 10 Sarnia hotels are busy during the summer when the appropriate event is happening. The shopping centre Lambton Mall is a very close drive, and Play It Again Sports have last minute sporting goods for any traveling teams.
There are Airbnb properties popping up in the Sarnia/Point Edward/Bright’s Grove area, but they fill up quickly during peak weekends and seasons.
The arena comes equipped with two NHL-regulation ice rinks, 40+ luxury suites and a full service restaurant. Their menu ranges from pub-grub to the typical arena foods.
Artists such as the Blue Man Group, Bryan Adams and Elton John have performed at the arena. The arena recently had a $500k spend on their LED scoreboard upgrade, along with an LED ribbon board surrounding the bowl near the suites.also known as the Golden Mile.