PHOTOS: A last look inside the Cincinnati Gardens

Photos from high school hockey clean-out day

 

The Cincinnati Gardens will always be marked by its rich history hosting big names in sports and entertainment. It hosted The Beatles, The Stones, an NBA All-Star game and presidential rallies, and much more.

A ticket booth, stashed in a hallway at the Cincinnati Gardens.

 

This place was also a haven for Cincinnati's hockey enthusiasts -- from squirt leagues to learn-to-skate programs to high school and college hockey to adult broomball.

The practice ice, or "little ice" at the Cincinnati Gardens.

 

The Gardens was home rink for four high school hockey teams; all rivals, but next-locker room-door neighbors.

St. Xavier hockey's home rink was The Gardens.
The Elder Panthers hockey team practiced and played at The Gardens.
La Salle hockey called The Gardens home.
The remnants of the Moeller hockey locker room

 

Players, parents and coaches spent a (scorching) weekend cleaning out locker rooms, closets, trophy cases and penalty boxes in preparation of the Gardens' looming demolition. 

High school hockey players, coaches and Gardens staff work to move equipment from the Gardens before it closes.

These are some of the last photos taken inside the Cincinnati Gardens before it was closed by the Port Authority to prepare for demolition.

The practice ice for Cincinnati's high school hockey teams; the "little ice" also hosted youth games and adult broomball, among others.
Scuffed glass surrounding the practice ice at the Cincinnati Gardens.
Behind the bench at the Gardens' practice ice.
Scuffed boards around the Gardens practice rink.
Decor in the Elder locker room.
Broken sticks line the hallway of locker rooms outside the skating center.
Plaques hang at the entryway of the Moeller hockey locker room.
A portion of equipment used by Cincinnati Amateur Hockey Association for learn-to-skate programs.
A dry erase board inside the equipment closet. Equipment was free for use for kids enrolled in learn-to-skate programs.
The team store sold equipment and offered services for hockey players, like skate sharpening.
Front office at the Gardens skating center.
A look inside the front office at the skating center.
Moeller hockey's trophy case.
A look into the main ice at the Gardens; view from the concessions area outside the practice ice.
The main arena -- used for hockey, roller derby, pro wrestling, the circus and basketball.
Seating in the main ice arena -- notice the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks coloring.
Announcer's seat at the main ice arena.
Center ice in the main arena at the Cincinnati Gardens.
The main entrance to The Gardens.
Some high schoolers walked away with a souvenir from the Gardens after a long day of
 
moving
Iconic
sculptures outside the Gardens.