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History

Air Canada Centre is built on the site of the Canada Post Delivery Building and still retains the east and south walls, setting the context for this 665,000 square foot facility.

A conservation program was implemented during construction of the original building facade. Stonework, bas-relief plans, and historic window profiles were restored.

The roof is 40 feet above the existing facades and has a profile designed to be flat, giving the appearance of a hangar. This allows for better acoustics inside and a prominent city presence outside without blocking the view of other landmark buildings.

Architects: Brisbin Brook, Beynon Architects, well known for other projects such as GM Place, Vancouver; Metro Hall, Toronto; Metropolitan Life Building, Toronto; and the World Trade Centre, Ottawa.

Contractors: PCL Constructors Eastern Inc., Canada’s largest general contractor, constructed the arena and office tower.

Economic Stimulus: Air Canada Centre’s existence over the first ten years of operation is estimated to result in an economic benefit of $2.4 billion.

The construction was motivation for other downtown development associated with the Railway Lands East. Approximately $13 million in public infrastructure was built ahead of schedule due to private financing made available in conjunction with the project. Projects include the Bay West Teamway, Union Plaza, the Galleria, and Bremner Boulevard. No public funding was used.

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment has the most valuable portfolio of corporate partners in Canadian professional sports including companies such as BMO, Molson, and Coca-Cola. Their 50 Blue-Chip partners are broken down into three categories: Platinum, Gold, and Silver.

Groundbreaking: February 1997

Opening Hockey Game: February 20, 1999
(Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens)

Opening Basketball Game: February 21, 1999
(Toronto Raptors vs. Vancouver Grizzlies)

Opening Concert: February 22, 1999
(The Tragically Hip)