The state of the art First Arena facility was built in 2000. It is located in the heart of Elmira, New York and is the home of the United Hockey Leagues Elmira Jackals. There have been many others events that have been hosted at the First Arena that are not sports related. They have included Legends Christmas Spectacular, Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Dora the Explorer and several ice shows.
The well known Harlem Globetrotters, ECW Wrestling and Monster Trucks have also used the facility. Community events like the 2006 Home Show have also been held at the First Arena.
First Arena's box office is on the Grey Street side of the arena. The hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The box office is open on Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. On event days such as a hockey game the box office stays open through the second intermission and will open two hours prior to an event on Saturday and Sunday.
The Main Street Box Office is only open on event days. It will open two hours prior to the event and close thirty minutes after the event begins. There is a Will Call window at the box office that opens two hours prior to any event. Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster and all Ticketmaster locations. They are also available through Ticketmaster by phone.
There is a Rec Rink at First Arena that is open to the public. They have an adult league, public skating, high school hockey, figure skating, learn to skate lessons, broomball, a synchronized skating team, skate and shoot, birthday parties and youth hockey leagues. They have hockey clinics as well that can teach players the basics of the game as well as skating drills. People interested in these clinics can contact the First Arena.
Visitors to the area can also visit the area attractions. There is the Arnot Art Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, Farm Sanctuary, Glenn H. Curtis Museum, Greek Peak Ski Resort, Hazlit 1852 Vineyards, National Soaring Museum, Rockwell Museum of Modern Art and The Clemens Center.
Accommodations in the area include an Econo Lodge which is close to the Elmira Corning Airport. The motel has two floors with forty eight rooms. Pets are allowed in the room as long as they don't weigh over twenty pounds. There is a ten dollar a night pet fee and they have free parking. There is a craft store and Country Buffet Restaurant near the motel.
A second hotel is the Holiday Inn that has a heated indoor swimming pool and an outdoor pool that is open seasonally. Pets are allowed in smoking rooms only and there is no pet fee. They have an exercise room, restaurant and lounge on the premises.
The First Arena has a full service restaurant and bar as well as food service center at the recreational rink. Guests can play in the video game arcade while waiting for the event to start.
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