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Meridian Centre, St. Catharines

Categories: Outdoor Activities
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3.8/5 based on 40+ 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.


$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.


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.


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.


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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  • 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...  read more »
  • We all went to a Dogs game, and it was a blast. The staff was super friendly and helpful. We definitely will be back . 
  • 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
  • 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
  • Went for a Metric/Death Cab concert. Legroom is questionable, but otherwise the experience was good. Good concession stand. Parking was cheap for those used to GTA rates, but expensive for St Catharines.
  • Go Dogs Go.. State of the art building! Not a bad seat in the house. I would definitely attend other events here.
  • I like this facility alot: it offers great seating, and parking is OK because of the walkways into downtown. Unfortunately, like all arenas the food is pricey. Otherwise, I found it to be a good experience watching our local IceDogs.
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