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Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center
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Former names IMA Sports Arena (1969–2003)
Perani Arena (2003–15)
Address 3501 Lapeer Rd
Flint, MI 48503-4500
Owner IMS Hockey Corp.
Operator Firland Management
Capacity 4,421
Broke ground 1967
Opened October 1969
Construction cost $10 million
($81.3 million in 2021 dollars )
Flint Generals (IHL) (1969–85)
Flint Spirits (IHL) (1985–90)
Flint Bulldogs (CoHL) (1991–93)
Flint Generals (CoHL/UHL/IHL) (1993–2010)
Flint Flames (IFL) (2000)
Flint Fuze (CBA) (2001–02)
Flint Phantoms (CIFL) (2008)
Michigan Warriors (NAHL) (2010–15)
Flint Firebirds (OHL) (2015–present)
Waza Flo (MASL) (2015–16)
Flint Monarchs (GWBA) (2016–present)

The Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center (originally IMA Sports Arena and formerly Perani Arena and Event Center) is a sports, entertainment and convention venue located in Flint, Michigan, United States. It opened in 1969 and is the home of the Flint Firebirds who play in the Ontario Hockey League.


Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center - Exterior

The main arena of the complex, the largest exhibit hall of complex, features 29,280 square feet (2,720 m2) of space and can accommodate 4,021 for ice hockey and 6,069 for concerts, plus 400 in standing room. The second arena in the complex features 27,206 square feet (2,527.5 m2) of space. Both arenas are frequently used for trade shows, hockey games and other sports. In addition, the main arena is used for concerts.

Initially named the IMA an acronym for the Industrial Mutual Association. Being the second such complex in Flint, MI. named the IMA. The IMA Auditorium was turned into part of the AutoWorld complex.

The complex was named for Bob Perani, owner of Perani's Hockey World, a sports equipment retailer in Flint. Perani's Hockey World paid for naming rights to the complex. Bob Perani was a goalie for the Flint Generals from 1969 to 1974. His jersey #1 is one of only five numbers retired by the team.



Flint Firebirds Locker Room
The Flint Firebirds Locker Room

On January 13, 2015, the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League announced they would relocate to Flint and play at Dort Federal Event Center, with OHL approval. That team is now known as the Flint Firebirds.

Local high schools and colleges use the arena for their commencement ceremonies. Perani Arena is also usually the first stop for the Shrine Circus every year. The Perani Arena also holds the General RV Show every year.


Previous tenants of the arena include the Flint Generals IHL hockey team from 1969 to 1985, the Flint Spirits hockey team from 1985 to 1990, the Flint Bulldogs hockey team from 1991 to 1993, the Flint Fuze basketball team from 2001 to 2002 and the Flint Flames indoor football team which only lasted the 2000 season. The most recent iteration of the Flint Generals moved into the arena in 1993 and departed in 2010. From 2010 through 2015, the arena was the home of the Michigan Warriors of the North American Hockey League. From 2015 to 2016, the arena was also home to Waza Flo of the Major Arena Soccer League.

The Michigan Pirates of the Continental Indoor Football League (formerly based in Port Huron) played their first and second-round playoff games at the Perani Arena, hoping Flint would be a potential relocation site. After the Pirates folded, Perani Arena was home to the CIFL expansion team Flint Phantoms for the 2008 season.

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