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FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton

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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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  • Went to see TOOL concert and been to this venue a few times before but this time it was the worst for lineups, I mean huge lines for beer, they didn't prepare for a show like this obviously as it was ...  more »
  • I've been to this arena a fair number of times overs they years for concerts, wrestling and now, monster jam. There is plenty of parking in the area and, outside of one event, they were all well run a...  more »
  • Many many concerts, and sports events held here, of which I have attended. Great seats for most events. Plenty of parking from $3 to $30, depending on what concert/event.  more »
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  • GREAT PLACE. It's the best venue I've been to. I came for green day on March 20th. The people working here were so nice and caring.
  • A large arena with many amenities. Parking is a nightmare, especially for visitors to Hamilton. Excellent access to the facility from both major streets, and the Connected shopping mall is very convenient. Seating is reasonably comfortable and clean, considering the facility handles everything from Monster Trucks to Metal Shows. It is a family environment with very friendly staff. Wheelchairs are not an issue in any area of the arena.
  • Seems to be a well maintained and clean facility. Good sound for a large venue.
  • Saw Green Day here. Smaller of the big venues. Was nice and clean.
  • Great facility, a little dated for the NHL but a mainstay in downtown for years. Parking close by, food court in Jackson Square where there are lots of choices to eat if you don't want to eat at the arena. Friendly staff to help, wheelchair accessible.