Scotiabank Arena Unveils Plans for Reimagination project

Plans for the Scotiabank Arena Venue Reimagination project have been unveiled and include a full renovation of the 100 Level concourse, modernized concession stands, and more.

Scotiabank Arena Mastercard Executive Suite (Photo credit: Scotiabank Arena)

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) recently announced the Scotiabank Arena Venue Reimagination project, an investment of over $350 million to further enhance the best-in-class sports and entertainment destination for the future.

This announcement comes ahead of the venue’s 25th anniversary celebration that is set to take place in February.

The multi-phase renovations are set to feature capital improvements to almost all areas within the venue. These include concourses, suites, premium clubs, retail spaces, food and beverage offerings, state-of-the-art technological innovations and more.

This summer, the Scotiabank Arena underwent extensive renovations to remodel the venue’s 200 Level Mastercard Executive Suites level as well as state-of-the-art technology upgrades in the concourses for a pilot program designed to enhance the food and beverage experience for fans.

These renovations and plans for a remodelling of the 100 Level concourse in 2024, were both recently unveiled as part of a Scotiabank Arena Venue Reimagination media tour.

Scotiabank Arena Mastercard Lounge (Photo credit: Scotiabank Arena)

“For 25 years, Scotiabank Arena has been the heartbeat of this city and has established itself as one of the top venues in the world, hosting many of the biggest events in sports and entertainment and creating countless memories,” said Cynthia Devine, interim president and chief executive officer, MLSE. “This investment by MLSE’s owners is another important example of their commitment to further building on Scotiabank Arena’s global reputation as well as a commitment to our teams, employees, and most importantly, to our fans.”

This project is being completed in collaboration with Brisbin, Brook, Beynon Architects, DesignAgency, owner’s representative firm CAA ICON and PCL Construction. Brisbin, Brook, Beynon Architects and PCL Construction originally led the design and construction of the venue which opened in 1999.

Additional features include of the upgrades that took place in the summer include an all-new Mastercard Lounge, a complete floor to ceiling remodel of all Mastercard Executive Suites and the addition of two concession marketplaces with Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology.

In 2019, a preliminary phase for this project began. This phase included the addition of a new 2,200 square foot LED videoboard from LG Electronics on the west side of the building aimed to enhance the fan viewing experience in Maple Leaf Square. It also included two additional largescale screens in the Galleria, unique LED colour changing arena signage and a full renovation of Real Sports.

Plans for summer 2024 will include a full renovation of the 100 Level concourse, modernized concession stands, the expansion of Real Sports Apparel with an additional retail store on the 100 Level concourse and a refreshed Hot Stove restaurant on the 200 Level.

Rendering of Scotiabank Arena Gate 6 (Credit: Scotiabank Arena)

Additionally, it will include an all-new Tunnel Club on Event Level and a redesigned Gate 6 broadcast studio to enhance the viewing experience for fans at home.

Some of the upcoming venue updates in the future will also include a complete design reinvigoration of the 300 Level concourse in line with 100 Level design, the addition of dedicated artist and talent spaces and more.

“From concourse innovations, to premium space design, to the storied art on our walls, it was crucial to us to ensure this Scotiabank Arena Venue Reimagination featured improvements that all fans can benefit from,” said Nick Eaves, chief venues and operations officer, MLSE.

“Beginning with the momentum from the renovations made this past summer, we look forward to unveiling to fans the best-in-class design, technology and overall atmosphere enhancements over the course of this multi-phased project that take our fans’ sports and entertainment experience to even greater heights.”

Rendering of Scotiabank Arena Gate 1 (Credit: Scotiabank Arena)

Earlier this year, MLSE launched a call to artists to curate a museum quality art collection throughout the arena aimed to showcase sport, music, and history and tell the story of the diversity of Canada.

The venue has added a total of 76 commissioned art pieces to date in collaboration with Sports & The Arts (SATA). These range from photography to mixed media and were created by 34 artists representing diverse communities.

As the multi-phase project continues, further artists and muralists will have an opportunity to contribute to this collection throughout the building.

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