First Arena – Serving The Community Since 2000

About First Arena

Welcome to First Arena:

Elmira’s premier multi-purpose facility located in downtown. With a seating capacity of 3,784, our arena offers an ice surface for sports, a recreational turf field, two fully-stocked bars, food services, luxury suites, and versatile event spaces. 

Formerly known as the Coach USA Center, we’ve been a vital part of the community since 2000, proudly hosting events like ice hockey and more. Our arena has a rich sports history, from the Elmira Jackals origins to the Federal Prospects Hockey League’s Elmira River Sharks. Join us for diverse events that bring sports, entertainment, and the community together like never before.

We are more than just a venue


Nestled in the heart of downtown Elmira, our facility stands as a testament to our dedication to providing top-notch experiences for individuals, families, schools, and groups alike.

It is a multi-purpose arena, that offers a variety of events, such as professional ice hockey, lacrosse, concerts, and live performances, in a comfortable, accessible, and immersive setting. The arena is also dedicated to the Elmira community, partnering with local initiatives and fostering a sense of togetherness. The arena has recently been modernized and invites the public to join its experience of excitement, creativity, and connection. As First Arena steps into this new chapter, it invites everyone to be a part of the experience.

Legacy of Excellence

A Glimpse into The Past

First Arena’s journey began in the early 2000s, a testament to Elmira’s commitment to fostering a thriving sports and entertainment scene. Opening its doors in 2000, First Arena quickly became the epicenter of excitement in the Southern Tier.

Its inaugural event, featuring a heart-pounding Elmira Jackals game, set the tone for countless unforgettable moments to come. The arena’s dedication to sportsmanship, camaraderie, and community became evident from the very start.

Throughout its history, First Arena has been a steadfast supporter of Elmira’s passion for hockey. The Elmira Jackals, a beloved ECHL team, made the arena their home and electrified audiences with their indomitable spirit. Championships, thrilling overtime victories, and the indelible bond between players and fans created an enduring legacy of hockey excellence.

Beyond the ice, First Arena has been a versatile host for an array of events. From concerts featuring internationally renowned artists to family-friendly shows that dazzle children of all ages, this venue has consistently delivered world-class entertainment.


First Arena is more than just a building; it’s a symbol of unity within Elmira and its neighboring communities. It’s where lifelong friendships are forged over shared cheers, where dreams are nurtured on the ice, and where memories are created that last a lifetime.

Our commitment to community outreach programs, youth hockey initiatives, and charity events underscores our belief that First Arena is a place where everyone belongs. We’re honored to support local charities and causes, making a positive impact on Elmira and the entire Southern Tier.

The Future of First Arena

As we move forward, First Arena remains dedicated to delivering unforgettable experiences to our guests. We look ahead to new opportunities, partnerships, and innovations that will ensure our legacy continues to shine brightly.

Join us as we celebrate our rich history and look forward to a future filled with excitement, camaraderie, and entertainment. First Arena is more than just a venue; it’s a cherished part of the Elmira community. Together, we’ll continue to write the next chapter in our remarkable story.

Thank you for being a part of First Arena’s journey. We can’t wait to create more memories with you, our valued guests and supporters, as we embark on the next exciting chapter in our history.