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Meridian Centre, St. Catharines
(3.9/5 based on 45 reviews on the web)
About the Meridian Centre

The new downtown multi-purpose facility will be built at 55 McGuire St., formerly known as the lower level parking lot. The Meridian Centre, with a total project budget of $50 million, will be able to host a range of entertainment and event offerings, including the Niagara IceDogs. The Meridian Centre is scheduled to be completed in September 2014.

Budget

$50 million

$44 million paid by the City of St. Catharines.

$1 million paid by the Province of Ontario.

$5.23 million raised through Meridian’s sponsorship.

Entertainment

Capacity of 6,000 for concerts and 4,500 for hockey games.

Able to accommodate concerts, conventions, professional wrestling, family shows and spectacles and more.

Twenty-year lease agreement signed with the Niagara IceDogs.

Operation

Scheduled to open September 2014.

Located at 55 McGuire St., formerly known as the lower level parking lot.

Two pedestrian bridges will connect the Meridian Centre to St. Paul Street. The North Bridge will be located between James and Queen streets and the South Bridge will be located across from William Street.

Parking for more than 1,300 vehicles at nearby City parking lots and garages, with most lots and garages located within a 5-minute walk to the Meridian Centre.

The Meridian Centre is operated by SMG Canada.

Construction

Contractor: Ball-Rankin

Project Manager: CBRE

Work began in December 2012.

355 steel piles, weighing more than 850 tonnes, were driven into the ground to create the facility’s foundation.

The Canadian Construction Association awarded Ball/Rankin Construction Gold Seal Certification for its work on project. Gold Seal certification is awarded to construction firms and contractors for outstanding work in project management and construction.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Came out to watch the IceDogs play North Bay Battalion. Very nice venue. The organization makes the game very entertaining, even though the game was delayed 40 mins, things were happening that made th...  more »
  • This new arena in St. Catharines is a beautiful and modern building. We've been to Ice Dogs games here as well as River Lions basketball games. Lots of fun. Easy to access and good beer. 
  • We have visited the Meridian Centre several times. Primarily this year to support our new local team the Niagara River Lions. We thoroughly enjoyed watching them at the Meridian Centre. Seating is gre...  more »
Google
  • Big stadium. The local area is a bit low on things to do. But as far as the center goes. Great place. Very clean. Surprisingly clean
  • I like the new venue, it's a lot better then the old arena. It makes downtown look much better. I like the bridges and the central location. Parking isn't the best but anyone local knows that. Indoor layout is pretty good
  • Go Dogs Go. Vending is expensive. 15 bucks for 2 popcorn and a soft pretzel.
  • Great arena. Every seat has a good view. Concessions are well run.
  • Public parking is nearby. Plenty of restaurant choices. Meridian Centre is a great place to see a show or watch a game