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South Okanagan Events Centre

853 Eckhardt Ave. West, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 9C4, Canada
+1 250-490-2460
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Ranked #24 of 54 Activities in Penticton
Type: Performances
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Owner description: The South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC) opened in September 2008. Owned by the City of Penticton, the state of the art arena is managed by Global Spectrum Facility Management. The Okanagan's premier sports and entertainment venue, the SOEC brings world-class concerts and events to Penticton. Over the years, we've played host to world class events including Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Motley Crue, Brad Paisley, and many more! We're also home to the Penticton Vees Junior 'A' Hockey team of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and the prestigious Okanagan Hockey School. Part of a larger complex, the SOEC connects to the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre adding to our hosting ability. The 5,000 seat arena features a retractable seating system. This unique, patented design reduces the conversion time between hockey and basketball floor configurations. The result is great sight lines for all sports fans!

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British Columbia
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140 reviews 140 reviews
51 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I can only comment on this property as a concert venue; I've never been there for a hockey game. The staff are very friendly and helpful, Will-Call line-ups are short, parking is pay but you can go down the street a block or two and park for free if you want to save some money. I've been to 3 (rock)... More

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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41 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Cost CAD14 for one adult as children were free. Food and beverages are not cheap and a programme cost CAD 2. Still great but the flexi glass is very flexible.

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Keremeos, Canada
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30 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The building is very nice, and well laid out, and while I still have not been for a hockey game, I have been to a few concerts. My overall impression is good, but I personally feel that the acoustics could be better for music. The beer they sell is also terrible!

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St. Albert, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

As an Okanagan Hockey School employee alumni, it's nice to see hockey outside the memorial arena. Seats have great sight lines for watching a game. Watched 2 NHL young stars tournaments here, no complaints.

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Kelowna
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295 reviews 295 reviews
39 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

One of the nicest venues for events out there BUT beer prices are insanely high and food too so a determining factor at times if to attend or not.

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penticton
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Recently moved to the area we've found this facility to be top notch with location, seating and all around customer experience. There is a special area upstairs for those that wish to enjoy a great buffet prior to whichever event is being held (hockey, concert etc...) while enjoying the view from a higher seated area. Otherwise, regular seating or private... More

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Westbank, BC
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14 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

This is a great venue and for the size of Penticton SOEC gets a lot of top notch entertainment. Besides the Penticton Vees there are usually concerts once a month with top name acts. I recently saw Steve Miller rock the house at 72 years old and cannot wait for Alice In Chains in August!

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Kamloops, Canada
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

I love where the drink holders are located in your seat!!! very nice and cozy place to watch an event. we were there for the monster x tour. i love the tiles and the awards sections is stunning, not to mention the built in bar. I want my area to have a built in bar!!!

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Penticton, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This venue is terrible. The sound levels are all provided by people who are already hearing impared. I hope visitors well check it ou otherwise we taxpayers will be paying in the next millenium. Also the management company rules imperiously and appears to consider itself beyond any question let alone reproach. Keep vilence out of the home, leave it for... More

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Penticton, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Great sound and comfortable seats in this 450 seating facility. There's lots of free parking and quick access to Hwy#97.

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