Scotiabank Arena

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Scotiabank Arena
The Vault, The Bay Street Cashbox
Air Canada Centre and CN Tower from Bay St.jpg
Former names Air Canada Centre (1999–2018)
Location 1909[1] Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5J 2X2
Coordinates 43°38′36″N 79°22′45″W / 43.64333°N 79.37917°W / 43.64333; -79.37917Coordinates: 43°38′36″N 79°22′45″W / 43.64333°N 79.37917°W / 43.64333; -79.37917
Broke ground March 12, 1997
Opened February 19, 1999
Owner Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
Operator Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
Construction cost C$265 million[2]
Architect Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects (Architect of Record)
HOK Sport
(Consulting Architects)[3]
Project Manager Clarendon Projects Ltd.
Structural engineer Yolles Partnership Inc.
Services engineer The Mitchell Partnership, Inc.
General Contractor PCL Constructors Western, Inc.
Capacity Basketball: 19,800, at least 20,511 with standing room
Hockey: 18,819, at least 20,270 with standing room
Lacrosse: 18,819
Concerts: 19,800
Theatre: 5,200
Field dimensions 665,000 square feet (61,800 m2)
Tenants Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) (1999–present)
Toronto Raptors (NBA) (1999–present)
Toronto Rock (NLL) (2001–present)
Toronto Phantoms (AFL) (2001–2002)

Scotiabank Arena, formerly known as Air Canada Centre, is a sports arena in Toronto, Ontario. The arena opened in 1999, and is the current home to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League (NLL). It holds 19,800 seats for basketball and 18,819 for hockey. It is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE), which owns most of Toronto's professional sports teams. The arena has also been the host of many concerts and WWE events over the years.

When the arena was sponsored by Air Canada, it was nicknamed the ACC and the Hangar. The new nickname of "The Vault" was in use shortly after the new sponsorship was announced.[4][5]

In August 2017, as the arena's sponsorship contract with Air Canada was nearing its end, MLSE announced that it had made a new deal with Scotiabank that took effect on July 1, 2018. The current deal runs for 20 years and is worth C$800 million.[6][7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "How to Get to Us". The Air Canada Centre. Retrieved 2014-10-15. 
  2. "Company Facts". The Air Canada Centre. Retrieved 2014-10-15. 
  3. "Clubhouse Confidential When a bunch of alpha males get together daily in a confined space, lots of things--good and bad--can happen". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2014-10-15. 
  4. "20 most popular sports locations on Instagram". SBNation.com. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  5. "Don't call it 'The Vault': The business behind Toronto's Scotiabank Arena". BNN. Bell Media. August 30, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  6. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (August 29, 2017). "Home of the Maple Leafs and Raptors to Become Scotiabank Arena Next Summer". Press release. http://mlse.com/news/scotiabankarena/. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  7. Westhead, Rick (August 29, 2017). "MLSE agrees to record arena rights deal with Scotiabank". TSN. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 

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Events and Tenants
Preceded by
SkyDome
Home of the
Toronto Raptors

1999 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Maple Leaf Gardens
Home of the
Toronto Maple Leafs

1999 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Maple Leaf Gardens
Home of the
Toronto Rock

2000 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Hartford Civic Center
Home of the
Toronto Phantoms

2001 – 2002
Succeeded by
last arena
Preceded by
St. Pete Times Forum
Host of the
NHL All-Star Game

2000
Succeeded by
Pepsi Center
Preceded by
Madison Square Garden
Host of the
NBA All-Star Game

2016
Succeeded by
TBD
Preceded by
Ford Center
Host of
Unforgiven

2006
Succeeded by
FedExForum