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first ontario centre, Hamilton

Categories: Tourist Spots, Arenas & Stadiums
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2.9/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web
FirstOntario Centre is a sports and entertainment arena on the corner of Bay Street North and York Boulevard in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The arena, which opened in 1985, has a capacity of up to 19,000.HistoryHamilton was left without a large ice hockey arena with the demolition of the Barton Street Arena in 1977, and even that arena had a relatively small seating capacity by modern standards. FirstOntario Centre was designed with a large capacity in part to lure a National Hockey League expansion franchise. Construction was started in 1983 and was completed two years later at a cost of $33.5 million, with an additional $2.3 million spent on a parking garage. The project was overseen by local Hamiltonian Joseph Pigott. The arena was originally named Copps Coliseum after long-time mayor Victor Copps, the patriarch of a Hamilton political family which includes his daughter, former Member of Parliament of Canada and Member of Provincial Parliament of Ontario Sheila Copps, and wife, Geraldine, who was a long-time councillor.The arena's first scoreboard clock was originally from the Winnipeg Arena, and was purchased for $214,000. The original Day Signs/Naden scoreboard, built in Toronto, was replaced in the mid-1990s by a centre-hung scoreboard with an electronic message centre on each side, which, in return was replaced with the current scoreboard, built in Hamilton by Media Resources and featuring a LED video board on each side.
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  • Date Night October 7th - Detroit Red Wings vs Toronto Maple Leafs, first time for a Hamilton experience and first time NHL for my wife. Great seats in section 113. Purchased the tickets at the Centre ...  read more »
  • Very nice venue and an even greater concert. Something done, not seen at other concerts was even though we had tickets, all patrons had to line up outside prior to the concert. We were told this was d...  read more »
  • Nice new arena. They even have wine on tap!! Attached to a walkway that takes you to the main street. Very convenient 
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