Budweiser Gardens is a sports-entertainment centre, in London, Ontario, Canada – the largest such centre in Southwestern Ontario. Until 2012, it was known as the John Labatt Centre.Put Budweiser Gardens on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our London trip planner.
The John Labatt Centre, which opened on October 11, 2002, was named after John Labatt, founder of the Labatt brewery in London. Labatt still has a large brewery in London to the present day, although its head office was moved to Toronto in the early 1990s. The John Labatt Centre's name was changed to Budweiser Gardens (after Labatt's sister brand in AB InBev) in Fall 2012, as approved by London City Council on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 with a vote of 12–3.
The centre was built, in part, to be the new downtown home of London's Ontario Hockey League team, the London Knights, replacing the 40-year-old London Ice House in the south end of the city, near Highway 401. Since 2011, it is home to London's National Basketball League of Canada team, the London Lightning.
Budweiser Gardens reviews
It is right in the heart of downtown London. It is home to one of the best OHL hockey teams, the London Knights! The London lightning basketball team also play there! They have excellent concerts... more »
Excellent entertainment. Great place to watch a junior game. Fun atmosphere and our upper deck seats were very good vantage point. Lots of restaurants and pubs around the arena more »
We came to see blue rodeo. Concert was amazing. But if your tall get an aisle seat as the seats are for hockey games more »
Awesome venue for many functions. Ice hockey is great to watch. Sight lines are great throughout the whole arena. Great amenities for the patrons and lots of room to move around in the corridors. Easy access to washrooms and food in the concourse. Highly recommend this venue.
Plenty of parking around the arena. On weekends and week nights the street parking becomes free so consider that. They have beefed up security at the entrances with metal detectors and searches of all bags and purses so be aware of this. Also no liquids allowed to be brought I'm to the arena. The seats are fine, little hard for the length of time you're sitting but it all good. Generally good views from anywhere in the arena. Getting in and out with the crowds moves quickly if you can go with the flow.
Had a great time here, every seat seems great for a knights game but I was near the front. Very passionate crowd. Great venue, had a great time. Highly recommend
Always an enjoyable experience when we go to the Bud. Very clean and bright inside, and easy to navigate. Parking can be a challenge, but as long as you don't mind paying up to $20 per vehicle, there are numerous public lots around the area. As with any location filled with thousands of people, the traffic can suck after the show. But the caliber of acts that play this venue are definitely top notch. It is so much more convenient to see a top act here than it is to make the trek to Toronto or Detroit.
Disney on Ice was amazing. When the show first started my 2 year old granddaughter's mouth fell open in awe and stayed like that for the first half hour. Seats at Budweiser Gardens are all amazing. You can see no matter where you are sitting.
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