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Encyclopedia > Air Canada Centre
Air Canada Centre
The ACC


Location 40 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J-2N8
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)
Capacity
Basketball 19,800
Hockey 18,819
Lacrosse 18,819
Concerts 19,800
Theatre 5,200
North Entrance Atrium.
Prior to a Raptors game commencing.
Prior to a Raptors game commencing.

The Air Canada Centre, often referred to simply as the ACC, is a multi-purpose arena located on Bay Street in downtown Toronto, Ontario. It is the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League, the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association, and the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League. It was also home to the Toronto Phantoms of the Arena Football League during their brief existence. Image File history File links Air_Canada_Centre_logo. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2560x1920, 2306 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Toronto Raptors Air Canada Centre User:Chensiyuan Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength Image:Toronto, Ontario Location. ... is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... [[Media:Italic text]]{| style=float:right; |- | |- | |} is the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. ... “C$” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Toronto Maple Leafs (disambiguation). ... NHL redirects here. ... This article is about the year. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... NBA redirects here. ... This article is about the year. ... The Toronto Rock are a member of the National Lacrosse League (NLL), a North American professional sports league. ... NLL redirects here. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Year founded 1997 Year folded 2002 Prior names New York CityHawks, New England Sea Wolves ArenaBowl championships none 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 (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... This article is about the sport. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The Dive Shot. Lacrosse is a team sport that is played with ten players (mens field), six players (mens box), or twelve players (womens field), each of whom uses a netted stick (the crosse) in order to pass and catch a hard rubber ball with the aim... A classical music concert in the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 2005 Kasia Kowalska concert in Warsaw A concert is a live performance, usually of music, before an audience. ... Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 787 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 787 KB) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2560 × 1920 pixel, file size: 2. ... Air Canada is Canadas largest airline and flag carrier. ... Torontos Bay Street in the heart of the financial district. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government - Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... For other uses, see Toronto Maple Leafs (disambiguation). ... NHL redirects here. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... NBA redirects here. ... The Toronto Rock are a member of the National Lacrosse League (NLL), a North American professional sports league. ... NLL redirects here. ... Year founded 1997 Year folded 2002 Prior names New York CityHawks, New England Sea Wolves ArenaBowl championships none 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 ACC 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. Air Canada Centre is connected to Union Station and the underground pedestrian PATH system, providing easy access to public transportation (TTC, subway and GO Transit) for fans attending events. There are also 13,000 parking spaces within immediate walking distance. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. ... Union Station is a major railway, subway, and streetcar hub at 65 Front Street West between Bay Street and York Street in downtown Toronto. ...


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 flavour. Two in-house bars, the Ice Box and Rickard's Brewhouse (which has its own micro-brewery) are favourite spots for fans before and during games.


Each year, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. invests more than $7 million in upgrading building features that keep fans comfortable and excited to come back. All Air Canada Centre seats are fully upholstered and 19-20" wide. SONY provides the four 9' x 16' LED full colour Jumbotron videoboards, complete with a video production control room. Air Canada Centre's broadcast, satellite and video facilities provide the 700 televisions throughout the building with live game action and replays.


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 Andy Frost (born April 15, 1956 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is the public address announcer at the Air Canada Centre during all home games for the Toronto Maple Leafs. ... A public address system, abbreviated PA system, is an electronic amplification system used as a communication system in public areas. ... For other uses, see Toronto Maple Leafs (disambiguation). ... Herbie Kuhn (born in Toronto, Ontario) is an Canadian public address announcer for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... The Toronto Rock are a member of the National Lacrosse League (NLL), a North American professional sports league. ...

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History

The Air Canada Centre was started by the Toronto Raptors under its initial ownership group headed by Canadian businessman John Bitove. 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. In purchasing the Raptors and the under-construction Air Canada Centre, MLSE provided the Maple Leafs the venue to move out of the ageing legendary Maple Leaf Gardens. 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. John I. Bitove, (Jr. ... The Toronto Star is Canadas highest-circulation newspaper, though its print edition is distributed almost entirely within Ontario. ... Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. ... Exterior signage as of 2006, with letters missing Maple Leaf Gardens was an indoor arena in Toronto, on the northwest corner of Carlton Street and Church Street. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


The site was once occupied by the Canada Post Delivery Building. The current building retained the striking facades of the east (along Bay Street) and south (Lakeshore Boulevard) walls of that structure, but the rest of the building (facing Union Station) was removed to make room for the arena. Canada Post Corporation (French: Société canadienne des postes) is a Canadian postal service operated as a crown corporation. ... Torontos Bay Street in the heart of the financial district. ... Lakeshore Boulevard is an east-west route running along Torontos waterfront. ... Union Station is a major railway, subway, and streetcar hub at 65 Front Street West between Bay Street and York Street in downtown Toronto. ...


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).


Venues

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. The first Raptors game took place the following night versus the Vancouver Grizzlies. The facility hosted the 2000 NHL All-Star Game, the championship game of the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and is in contention to host the 2009 NBA All-Star game. is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) 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. ... Steve Anthony Stumpy Thomas (born 15 July 1963 in Stockport, Cheshire, UK) is a retired British-born Canadian ice hockey Right Winger who played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Detroit Red... The Memphis Grizzlies are a National Basketball Association team based in Memphis, Tennessee. ... (Redirected from 2000 NHL All-Star Game) The 50th National Hockey League All-Star Game was part of the 1999-2000 NHL season, and took place in Torontos Air Canada Centre on February 6, 2000. ... 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 Rock's first game was a 17-7 win over the Ottawa Rebel on December 21, 2000[1]. The 2001 National Lacrosse League season began on December 21, 2000 and concluded with the championship game on April 27, 2001. ... is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...


The ACC has held numerous concerts to big name stars such as Van Halen, Britney Spears, 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, Elton John, Oasis, Shakira, Metallica, Megadeth, Heaven and Hell 2007 (Black Sabbath/Dio), Iron Maiden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billy Talent, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Pearl Jam, Hilary Duff, Avril Lavigne, John Mayer, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Spice Girls, Rush, Roger Waters, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. This article is about the band Van Halen. ... Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is a Grammy Award-winning[1] American pop singer, dancer, actress, author and songwriter. ... Evanescence is a Grammy Award-winning American alternative rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1998 by singer Amy Lee and former guitarist Ben Moody. ... Céline Marie Claudette Dion OC, OQ, (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian singer and occasional songwriter and actress. ... Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in 1972 (see 1972 in music). ... This article is about the band Aerosmith. ... The Queen + Paul Rodgers collaboration began in late 2004 when Queen were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. ... My Chemical Romance are an American rock band formed in 2001. ... Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981[1]), sometimes known as JT, is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. ... Bon Jovi is a hard rock band originating from Sayreville, New Jersey. ... Guns N Roses is an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. ... Depeche Mode (pronounced ) are an electronic music group that formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex, England. ... The Who are an English rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Gwen Renée Stefani (born October 3, 1969) (IPA pronunciation: [1]), is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer and occasional actress. ... Coldplay are an English rock band. ... “NIN” redirects here. ... Tool is an American rock band, formed in 1990 in Los Angeles, California. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... Radiohead are an English rock band. ... This article is about the American entertainer. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Oasis are an English rock band, formed in Manchester in 1991, led by lead guitarist and primary songwriter Noel Gallagher and his younger brother, lead vocalist and songwriter Liam Gallagher. ... This article is about the musician. ... Metallica is a Grammy Award-winning American heavy metal/thrash metal band formed in 1981[1] and has become one of the most commercially successful musical acts of recent decades. ... Megadeth is an American thrash metal band led by founder, frontman and songwriter Dave Mustaine. ... For other uses, see Black Sabbath (disambiguation). ... Dio is a heavy metal band led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who formed it in October 1982 after leaving Black Sabbath. ... Iron Maiden are a British heavy metal band from east London. ... Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983. ... Billy Talent is a Canadian rock band formed in 1993 in Mississauga, Ontario. ... Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, and actress. ... Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, activist, and pop icon. ... This article is about the rock group. ... Hilary Erhard Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, producer, fashion designer, and spokesperson. ... Avril Ramona Lavigne Whibley[1] (born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian rock singer and musician. ... For other persons named John Mayer, see John Mayer (disambiguation). ... Lindsay Dee Lohan[1] (born July 2, 1986) is an American actress and pop music singer. ... Paris Whitney Hilton (born February 17, 1981) is an American celebrity and socialite. ... The Spice Girls are an English all-female pop group, formed in London in 1994. ... Rush is a Canadian rock band comprising bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. ... George Roger Waters (born September 6, 1943) is an English rock musician; singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and composer. ... For the meteorologist of The Weather Channel, see The Weather Channel (United States). ... For other people named Marc Anthony or Mark Anthony, see Mark Anthony. ...


Best Buy Theatre

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. It was formerly called the Sears Theatre and is also known as the Theatre at ACC. Our Lady Peace and Coldplay, early on in their career, have performed in this venue. For the defunct chain of catalog showrooms, see Best Products. ... Sears Canada Inc. ... Our Lady Peace, abbreviated as OLP, is a Canadian alternative rock band consisting of Raine Maida (vocals), Duncan Coutts (bass), Jeremy Taggart (drums), and Steve Mazur (guitar). ... Coldplay are an English rock band. ...


Future renovations

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. 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 grocery store, a High-Definition broadcast studio, and a public square. It is slated for completion in 2009-10. 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 next to Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto. ... Year founded 2006 League Major League Soccer Nickname TFC, Reds, Roys Stadium BMO Field Coach Mo Johnston Owner MLSE First Game C.D. Chivas USA 2-0 Toronto FC (Home Depot Center; April 7, 2007) Largest Win Toronto FC 4-0 FC Dallas (BMO Field; June 17, 2007) Worst Defeat... For other uses, see Longo (disambiguation). ...


During the 2007 off-season summer MLSE installed a 4 million dollar dehumidifier to help create better ice conditions for the players, though it remains to be seen if this actually worked.


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See also

Other venues in the Toronto area, past and present, include:

Rogers Centre, formerly known as SkyDome,[1] is a multi-purpose stadium in Toronto, Ontario, situated next to the CN Tower near the shores of Lake Ontario. ... Ricoh Coliseum is an ice hockey arena at Exhibition Place in Toronto. ... Exterior signage as of 2006, with letters missing Maple Leaf Gardens was an indoor arena in Toronto, on the northwest corner of Carlton Street and Church Street. ... Mutual Street Arena was the home ice in Toronto, Ontario, Canada of several hockey clubs. ... Molson Amphitheatre (commonly called the Amphitheatre) is a semi-enclosed outdoor concert venue in Toronto, Ontario. ... Varsity Arena is an arena in Toronto, Ontario. ... The Hershey Centre located in Mississauga, Ontario, is the home arena of the OHL team Mississauga Ice Dogs. ... Motto: Pride in our past, Faith in our future Area: 288. ... The St. ... BMO Field is a soccer-specific stadium under-construction located in Exhibition Place in the city of Toronto. ...

External links

References

  1. ^ Ben Knight. Toronto Rocks Ottawa in season opener, 17-7. Outsider's Guide to the NLL. Retrieved on 2006-12-13.
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Toronto Maple Leafs

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Toronto Rock

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Toronto Phantoms

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