|Air Canada Centre|
|Location||40 Bay Street|
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2X2
|Broke ground||March 12, 1997|
|Opened||February 19, 1999|
|Owner||Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment|
|Construction cost||C$265 million|
|Architect||Brisbin Brook Beynon, Architects|
|Tenants||Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) (1999-present)|
Toronto Raptors (NBA) (1999-present)
Toronto Rock (NLL) (2001-present)
Toronto Phantoms (AFL) (2001-2002)
The Air Canada Centre is a multi-purpose arena located on Bay Street in downtown Toronto, Ontario. Bay Street is a street in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the centre of Toronto's financial district and is often used by Toronto (təˈrɒntoʊ colloquially pronounced or) is the largest city in Canada and is the provincial capital of Ontario Events 538 - Witiges, king of the Ostrogoths ends his siege of Rome and retreats to Ravenna, leaving Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar Events 197 - Roman Emperor Septimius Severus defeats usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd ( MLSE) is the owner and operator of the Toronto Maple Leafs National Hockey League team Toronto Raptors "Leafs" and "Maple Leafs" redirect here For the former American Hockey League team see St The National Hockey League ( NHL) is a professional Ice hockey league composed of 30 teams in North America Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) The Toronto Raptors are a professional Basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) The Toronto Rock are a Lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League (NLL The National Lacrosse League (NLL is the league of men's indoor lacrosse in North America. Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. The Toronto Phantoms was the final name of a team in the Arena Football League, that also operated in New York City and New England The Arena Football League (AFL was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m Ice hockey, often referred to simply as hockey, is a team Sport played on Ice. Lacrosse is a full contact Team sport played using a solid rubber ball and long handled racket called a crosse or Lacrosse stick. A concert is a live Performance, usually of Music, before an Audience. Theatre (or theater, see spelling differences) is the branch of the Performing arts defined by Bernard Beckerman as what "occurs when one Air Canada () is Canada 's largest Airline and Flag carrier. The airline founded in 1937 has had its corporate headquarters in Montreal Bay Street is a street in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the centre of Toronto's financial district and is often used by Toronto (təˈrɒntoʊ colloquially pronounced or) is the largest city in Canada and is the provincial capital of Ontario Ontario (ɒnˈtɛrioʊ is a province located in the central part of Canada, the largest by population and second largest after Quebec It is the home of the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association, the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League, and the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League. The Toronto Raptors are a professional Basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. "Leafs" and "Maple Leafs" redirect here For the former American Hockey League team see St The National Hockey League ( NHL) is a professional Ice hockey league composed of 30 teams in North America The Toronto Rock are a Lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League (NLL The National Lacrosse League (NLL is the league of men's indoor lacrosse in North America. It was also home to the Toronto Phantoms of the Arena Football League during their brief existence. The Toronto Phantoms was the final name of a team in the Arena Football League, that also operated in New York City and New England The Arena Football League (AFL was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. The arena is popularly known as "the ACC" or "the Hangar" (the latter nickname coming from its sponsorship by Canada's largest airline, Air Canada). Air Canada () is Canada 's largest Airline and Flag carrier. The airline founded in 1937 has had its corporate headquarters in Montreal
From its initial design to completion it revolutionized many concepts now included in new arenas and stadiums such as luxury suites accessible on the ground floor, splitting the main scoreboard into several sections, rotating all sponsor signage in the bowl at once (to allow dominant messaging), and multiple restaurants in and out of the main arena bowl view.
The arena is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., the same group that owns both the Leafs and Raptors, and is 665,000 square feet (62,000 m²) in size. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd ( MLSE) is the owner and operator of the Toronto Maple Leafs National Hockey League team Toronto Raptors Air Canada Centre is connected to Union Station and the underground pedestrian PATH system, providing easy access to public transportation (TTC's Union subway station and GO Transit) for fans attending events. The Toronto Transit Commission ( TTC) is a Public transport authority that operates Buses streetcars, subways and Rapid transit Union Station is a station on the Yonge-University-Spadina line of the Toronto, Ontario, Canada subway. The Toronto subway and RT is the main Rapid transit (RT railway system in Toronto, Ontario, Canada operated by the Toronto GO Transit is the interregional public transit system serving the Conurbation in Ontario, Canada referred to by Metrolinx as the There are also 13,000 parking spaces within immediate walking distance.
Since opening, Air Canada Centre has been recognized with more than 25 industry awards that range from Canadian Major Facility of the Year (multiple times), the U. S. based Facilities & Event Management Magazine's Prime Site Award, the Wine Spectator, VQA Restaurant and the International (Diamond Wine Award) Awards of Excellence, and Tourism Toronto's Jeff Adams Access Award of Excellence for the facilities accessibility.
Air Canada Centre remains the only arena in North America to house three of its own exclusive award-winning restaurants -- The Platinum Club, Air Canada Club and Hot Stove Club. The restaurants, along with themed concessions stands and kiosks offer a diversity of food and beverages that capture Toronto's multicultural flavor. Two in-house bars, the Ice Box and Rickard's Brewhouse (which has its own micro-brewery) are favorite spots for fans before and during games.
Andy Frost is the public address announcer at the ACC during Toronto Maple Leafs home games, while Herbie Kuhn does the job for the Toronto Raptors, and Bruce Barker is the announcer for Toronto Rock games. Andy Frost (born April 15, 1956 in Winnipeg Manitoba) is the Public address announcer at the Air Canada A public address or " PA " system is an electronic amplification system with a mixer, Amplifier and Loudspeakers used to "Leafs" and "Maple Leafs" redirect here For the former American Hockey League team see St Herbie Kuhn (born ca 1970 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian Public address Announcer for the Toronto Raptors of the The Toronto Raptors are a professional Basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. The Toronto Rock are a Lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League (NLL
The Air Canada Centre was started by the Toronto Raptors under its initial ownership group headed by Canadian businessman John Bitove. John I Bitove (Jr (born 1960 in Toronto Ontario) is a Macedonian Canadian businessman and noted sportsman The building was designed for both hockey and basketball, but basketball was its foremost purpose; indeed, sight lines were designed to be especially good for basketball's smaller court. While the building was under construction, the Maple Leafs were also looking at building their own new arena at a different location. Journalists such as the Toronto Star's Dave Perkins encouraged both sides to pair up into one arena; two 20,000-seat arenas were seen as overkill for the city. The Toronto Star is Canada 's highest-circulation newspaper though its print edition is distributed almost entirely within the province of Ontario.
In purchasing the Raptors and the under-construction Air Canada Centre, MLSE provided the Maple Leafs the venue to move out of the aging legendary Maple Leaf Gardens. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd ( MLSE) is the owner and operator of the Toronto Maple Leafs National Hockey League team Toronto Raptors This article is about the arena For the company formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd MLSE made some changes to the plans while the construction was underway, including turning upper level seats in the west end of the arena into private boxes. The Air Canada Centre's groundbreaking was performed in February of 1997. Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar
The site was once occupied by the Canada Post Delivery Building. Canada Post Corporation ( Société canadienne des postes) is the Canadian postal operator operated as a crown corporation. The current building retained the striking Art Deco facades of the east (along Bay Street) and south (Lake Shore Boulevard) walls of that structure, but the rest of the building (facing Union Station) was removed to make room for the arena. Art Deco was a popular international design movement from 1925 until 1939 affecting the decorative arts such as Architecture, Interior design, and Industrial Bay Street is a street in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the centre of Toronto's financial district and is often used by Lake Shore Boulevard is an east-west route running along most of Toronto 's waterfront
The 15-storey tower on Bay Street stands at 55 metres, and provides connections in the atrium to Union Station, Bay Street, and York Street (via Bremner Boulevard).
On February 26th, 2008, the Spice Girls performed for the very last time to a sold out crowd. The Spice Girls are a BRIT Award -winning English pop Girl group formed in 1994 The concert was the last stop of their The Return of the Spice Girls tour. The Return of the Spice Girls was a Spice Girls Concert tour that visited five countries and commenced on December 2, 2007 in Vancouver All five girls reunited, after ten years, to celebrate their achievement by a world concert tour. Right before the very last song, Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice), said to Toronto, "Are you ready to see the Spice Girls perform one last time!"
The first Maple Leafs home game took place on February 20, 1999 versus the Montreal Canadiens, won by the Leafs 3-2 on an overtime goal by Steve Thomas. Geraldine Estelle "Geri" Halliwell (born 6 August 1972 is an English pop Singer-songwriter, Children's author, Actress Geraldine Estelle "Geri" Halliwell (born 6 August 1972 is an English pop Singer-songwriter, Children's author, Actress Toronto (təˈrɒntoʊ colloquially pronounced or) is the largest city in Canada and is the provincial capital of Ontario The Spice Girls are a BRIT Award -winning English pop Girl group formed in 1994 Events 1472 - Orkney and Shetland are left by Norway to Scotland, due to a Dowry payment Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) The Montreal Canadiens (Les Canadiens de Montréal are a professional Ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Overtime, in Ice hockey, is a method of determining the winner and loser of ice hockey matches should a game be tied after regulation Stephen Anthony "Stumpy" Thomas (born 15 July, 1963 in Stockport) is a retired English -born Canadian Ice hockey The first Raptors game took place the following night versus the Vancouver Grizzlies. The Memphis Grizzlies are a professional Basketball team based in Memphis Tennessee. The facility hosted the 2000 NHL All-Star Game and the championship game of the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. The 50th National Hockey League All-Star Game was part of the 1999–2000 NHL season, and took place in Toronto 's Air Canada Centre The 2004 World Cup of Hockey is the second World Cup of Hockey (WCH an international Ice hockey tournament
The Toronto Rock also moved to the ACC from Maple Leaf Gardens for the 2001 NLL season. The 2001 National Lacrosse League season began on December 21, 2000 and concluded with the championship game on April 27, 2001. The Rock's first game was a 17-7 win over the Ottawa Rebel on December 21, 2000. The Ottawa Rebel was a team in the National Lacrosse League based in Ottawa Ontario from 2001 until 2003. Events 69 - The end of the Year of the four emperors: Following Galba, Otho and Vitellius, Vespasian 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar.
The ACC has held numerous concerts to prominent stars such as The Cure, Shania Twain, Sammi Cheng, Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner, Shakira, Van Halen, Evanescence, Celine Dion, Kiss, Aerosmith, Queen + Paul Rodgers, My Chemical Romance, Justin Timberlake, Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, Depeche Mode, The Who, David Bowie, Gwen Stefani, Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, U2, Paul McCartney, Radiohead, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Simple Plan, Elton John, Oasis, Metallica, Megadeth, Heaven and Hell 2007 (Black Sabbath/Dio), Iron Maiden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billy Talent, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Nelly Furtado, Janet Jackson, Pearl Jam, Hilary Duff, Avril Lavigne, Beyonce Knowles, John Mayer, Spice Girls, Rush, Roger Waters, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus, Green Day, Rappers Magee, Britney Spears, Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, System Of A Down, Slipknot and Stevie Wonder. 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Located within the Air Canada Centre is the 5,200-seat Best Buy Theatre, used for theatre concerts, Broadway and family shows, and other events. Best Buy Co Inc ( is a Fortune 100 company and the largest specialty retailer of Consumer electronics in the United States and Canada It was formerly called the Sears Theatre and is also known as the Theatre at ACC. Sears Canada Inc ( (more commonly referred to as "Sears" is a Retailer, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, that operates in all provinces
In late 2005, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment announced that they would be renovating the western side of the Air Canada Centre during the 2008 off-season, to connect it with the future Maple Leaf Square development. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Maple Leaf Square is a two-tower condominium hotel office and retail complex currently under construction to the west of the Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto Maple Leaf Square is jointly owned by MLSE, Cadillac Fairview and Lantera Developments. The $500 million development will include two restaurants, Hotel Le Germain at Maple Leaf Square boutique hotel, extensive retail shopping including a 9,000 square foot Leafs, Raptors, and Toronto FC store, two 54-storey condominiums, a Longo's supermarket, a High-Definition broadcast studio, and a public square. Toronto FC is a Canadian professional soccer club located in Toronto, and the first non-American team in Major League Soccer (MLS Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc ( Longos) is a family run Grocery chain in the Greater Toronto Area. It is slated for completion in 2009-10.
During the 2007 off-season summer MLSE installed a $4 million dollar dehumidifier to help create better ice conditions for the hockey players.
During the 2008 off-season, MLSE will be installing a new high definition video scoreboard. The centre hung scoreboard will have 17 screens and will be made by Mitsubishi Electric.
Security Services at Air Canada Centre are divided into two departments, Event Security and Facility Security. The facility security team is 24-hour security service. The building is monitored 24 hours a day by foot patrols, and CCTV cameras. The event security team works the events only. They are responsible for enforcing the Liquor Licence Act and the Trespass to Property Act. The Liquor Licence Act of Ontario is a provincial act in Ontario dealing with licensing and possession of alcohol Event and Facility security officers have the full authority to arrest and physically remove patrons off the property. Facility security officers back up the Event Security team in the event of violent individuals. The entire security team is trained with the Use of Force model used by the police. At each event, there are Toronto Police officers on site. The Toronto Police Service ( TPS) formerly the Metropolitan Toronto Police, is the Police force for the City of Toronto, Ontario When coming to an event, outside food or drink are prohibited from entering in the building.
View from CN Tower
During a Leafs game
Another view of the ACC from the inside
During a Raptors game
Other venues in the Toronto area, past and present, include:
|Home of the|
1999 – present
Maple Leaf Gardens
|Home of the|
Toronto Maple Leafs
1999 – present
Maple Leaf Gardens
|Home of the|
2000 – present
Hartford Civic Center
|Home of the|
2001 – 2002