435 E. Portage Ave.
Office Hours: 9am-5pm, M-F
Seasonal (Oct-March): 8am-12 midnight 7 days
Special times and special rates available
Phone: (906) 632-6853
The Pullar Community Building
and Stadium offers the following amenities:
- The Manny Boucher room for
- Parks & Recreation
- Ice Rentals
- Public Skating
- Pre-school Skate Sessions
- Figure Skating (Youth &
- Ice Hockey (Youth & Adult)
- Pro Shop
The building is also
available for non-ice events and advertisements
PUBLIC SKATING SCHEDULE
Sundays: 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Skate: 12-1 p.m. Rate per
child for the season is $35.00. Parent must complete a
waiver form at Pullar Stadium office. The Soo Eagles hockey
players will be assisting children enrolled for this skate
Skate: Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 pm.
Skate: Sunday from 6-7:45 p.m.
Pullar Community building was completed in 1939 at a cost of
$181,000 and was state-of-the art at the time of completion.
Sophia Nolte Pullar's bequest of $70,000 in her will made
the project possible. In the early days, Pullar ice
rental was $3 per hour. Sixty years later, the
prime-time hourly rate is $90.
Pullar Community Building was
one of the few rinks in the world to have summer ice.
Pullar has been used for teen dances, graduation ceremonies,
big bands, as a roller rink, and is still being used for
visiting circuses. Red Wing greats such as Gordie
Howe, Ted Lindasy, Sid Abel, and Alex Delvecchio skated at
the Pullar as did the Lake Superior State University Lakers
and the Soo Indians. Pullar is currently home to the
Hiawatha Skating Club, the Sault High Blue Devils, and the
Sault Michigan Hockey Association along with other local
youth and adult hockey leagues.
In 1979, the Manner Boucher
room was built in memory of Fred "Manny" Boucher, who was a
longtime Sault Parks & Recreation Director. The
Boucher room is used as a public meeting place for various
groups, and there are two offices which are utilized by the
Parks & Recreation staff.
Pullar Stadium renovations efforts got a big shot in
the arm Monday as the Sault Ste. Marie City Commission
formally accepted more than $200,000 from the Cecelia
Matheson Trust Fund. “It really was something totally
unexpected,” said City Manager Spencer Nebel early today,
“and something greatly appreciated.” The first check
coming into the city was in the amount of $8,577 for the
replacement of windows at Pullar Stadium. The second check
— $214,436 — was cut for the purpose of upgrading the
bathrooms and locker rooms inside the facility. In
accepting the two gifts, the commission expressed its
appreciation and acted to place the funds in
interest-bearing accounts until the work could be done.
The Mathesons, Commissioner William Lynn recalled, were
frequent visitors to the Pullar Stadium to watch the
activities. Together, they performed eye-catching
exhibitions during the open skate, while William Matheson
was also known for his hockey prowess as a skilled
defenseman on the ice. Mayor Anthony Bosbous recalled the
time Mr. Matheson assisted him in a vehicle repair at
Matheson’s Standard Service (now Cook’s Service) on
Portage Avenue, and Commissioner Marilyn Burton noted they
were hard-working, thrifty people.
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Nebel indicated that the city will explore the
renovation project to improve the locker rooms and
bathrooms within the facility. “We certainly will consult
with the family a bit to make sure we’re on the right
track,” he vowed. “We’ll kind of go from there.” Nebel
added he hopes to have some facts and figures compiled by
budget time in mid-April for the commission to consider as
it looks to move forward on Pullar Stadium renovations.