Meridian Centre, St. Catharines

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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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  • Be warned before purchasing concert tickets for this venue! The sound is terrible. Not the performer's fault (Chris de Burgh). We have seen him numerous times on each Canadian tour and this was the wo...  more »
  • I attend approximately five events each year at the Meridian Centre Pros- It's a real nice venue to watch a junior hockey game (Niagara IceDogs) or concert. The facility is modern and clean. It's a gr...  more »
  • ...note that there is limited screen visibility from the very top row centre due to the rafters. Not a deal breaker, but just to be aware. All seats appear to have a very good view of the arena howeve...  more »
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  • I enjoy visiting the Meridian Centre for sport events. It's a state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of St. Catharines. This place wouldn't be what it is without the help from all the volunteers.
  • Been there several times for River Lions games. The arena is clean and well kept. Seats are good and you have a good view no matter where you are sitting. Food is expensive but that's in any arena. Bathrooms are also clean. Only complaint I have is lack of proper parking as parking spaces close to the arena are very few.
  • Excellent arena, but the concourse was built very small. Great sight lines throughout. Would hate to have an emergency situation though and have to get out fast with a sold out crowd. Emptying the building takes forever.
  • Ice dogs play here. Booze is over-priced. $8.50 for tallboy Coors/Canadian which I personally don't drink. They do have Forty Creek whisky which is local from Grimsby but it's $7.50/oz. The usual gouge of the people when out to watch a hockey game. No parking on site. Or at least not even remotely close to having enough for people coming to a game. Parking is throughout the downtown of St. Catharines including a parking garage. The ice dogs website says it's free but the city charges $5. I have not bought food here but it's just as pricey and definitely just bar food. Nothing healthy really.
  • Had a great time at the scotties. Well organized. Picked up tickets today for ice dogs game with my family. Friendly service at the box office

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