Canada's Top 10 Hockey Arenas
10. Colisée Pepsi
Previously the home of the Quebec Nordiques, the Colisée Pepsi is cureently home of the Quebec Remparts. Annually hosting the Québec International Peewee Hockey Tournament, the arena encourages hockey toward 3200 young hockey players from 16 countries. The oldest arena in Canada, the arena originally seated 10,0004, but has since upgraded to a 15,176 capacity.
Home of the Winnipeg Jets, the MTS Centre is located in Winnipeg, MB. Providing thoughtful features to fans, such as the “peanut-restricted” zone for those allergic, and performing needed renovations, it’s clear this arena is special. Additionally, capacity for the MTS Centre allows it to host up to 16,345 spectators.
8. Rexall Place
Rexall Place, home of the Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton Oil Kings, is located in Edmonton, AB. Once host to Wayne Gretzky when he was captain of the Oilers, the arena features a bronze statue of the Canadian hockey icon. Taking care of its fans, the arena can host up to 16,893 people
7. Pacific Coliseum
Located in Vancouver, BC, the Pacific Coliseum is home to the Vancouver Giants. Famous for hosting the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in events such as figure skating and short track speed skating, the arena is globally known. Able to hold an audience of up to 17,150, the Pacific Coliseum is a well-known Vancouver landmark.
6. Copps Coliseum
Based in Hamilton, ON, Copps Coliseum is home of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Featured in Saturday Night Live ESPN Classic sketches as an exterior, the arena is widely-known. Unlike most arenas which are named after corporations, the Copps Coliseum is named for former Hamilton mayor Victor K. Copps. Capacity at the arena reaches 19,000.
5. Scotiabank Saddledome
Home of the Calgary Flames and Calgary Hitmen, the Scotiabank Saddledome is located in Calgary, AB. Another Canadian arena to host Olympic events, it held figure skating and hockey games of the 1988 Olympics. With 72 luxury suites, Fairmont Platinum Club and Dutton’s Canadian Lounge sports bar, its 19,289 customers have everything they need.
4. Rogers Arena
Rogers Arena is home base for the Vancouver Canucks. Recently famous for the Canuck’s Stanley Cup loss (and riot there-after), it also hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics ice hockey games. The arena has gone through upgrading renovations to keep it up to date, including the addition of a ProAD LED ribbon board, and can host up to 19,700 fans.
3. Air Canada Centre
Located in downtown Toronto, the Air Canada Centre is the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Revolutionary in design, the arena’s luxury suites are accessible on the ground floor, fans can get to Union Station via an underground pedestrian PATH system for easy access to public transportation and the arena can hold a total of 19,800 fans.
2. Scotiabank Place
Home to the Ottawa Senators, Scotiabank Place arena is located in Ottawa, ON. Able to be multi-purpose, Scotiabank Place hosts the Juno Awards annually. Featuring the Ottawa Sports Hall of fame, a fitness complex, businesses and several restaurants, the arena is well known as well-designed and can host to 20,500 spectators.
1. Bell Centre
Hosting the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL, the Bell Centre is located downtown Montreal, QB. Owned by a partnership group headed by Geoff, Austin and Justin Molson ( part of the Molson family that continue to run Molson Coors), the arena was previously named the Molson Centre. Built in 1996, the arena is widely known as one of the world’s busiest arenas and often achieves the highest attendance of all arenas in Canada. Holding a capacity of 21,273, Bell Centre is the largest NHL arena and supports four restaurants including La Cage aux Sports—one of Montreal’s largest sports bar and restaurant.