Tribute Communities Centre

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Tribute Communities Centre
Tribute Communities Centre - Interior 2017.jpg
Tribute Communities Centre
Location 99 Athol Street East
Oshawa, Ontario
L1H 1J8
Owner City of Oshawa
Operator Spectra Venue Management
  • Hockey: 5,180, 6,125 with standing room
  • Concerts: 3,200 - 7,300
  • Club Seats: 530
  • Standing Room:258
  • Private Suites: 23
  • Group Suites: 4
Broke ground June 22, 2005
Opened November 3, 2006
Construction cost C$45 million
($53 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Architect NORR Limited
Project manager WeirFoulds
Structural engineer IBI Group, Inc.
General contractor Giffels Design-Build Inc.
Oshawa Generals (OHL) (2007–present)
Durham TurfDogs (CLax) (2012–2016)
Oshawa Power (NBL Canada) (2011–2013)
Oshawa Machine (CLax) (2012)

The Tribute Communities Centre, formerly known as the General Motors Centre or GM Centre, GMC for short, is a multi-purpose arena located in downtown Oshawa, Ontario which opened in November 2006. The Tribute Communities Centre was constructed to replace the Oshawa Civic Auditorium. The main tenant is the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, and formerly the Durham TurfDogs of the Canadian Lacrosse League. The facility also features the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame, Prospects Bar and Grill, an Oshawa Generals retail store, executive seating and special club seats. The arena name was changed to Tribute Communities Centre on November 1, 2016.


The Tribute Communities Centre is owned by the city of Oshawa. On October 5, 2006, General Motors obtained the naming rights of the arena. The City originally selected Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) to manage the building but, after disappointing results in the first year and a half of operations, MLSE requested in March 2008 that its contract be terminated.[2] MLSE had been attempting to get into the business of managing facilities beyond those where their sports teams played but decided to withdraw, with Bob Hunter, MLSE's Vice President of venues and entertainment, saying that managing the arena was "no longer a strategic focus for us".[2][3] Global Spectrum assumed control of the operations and management of the arena on June 30, 2008.[3]

On April 14, 2016, the City of Oshawa and the General Motors Centre announced an agreement to replace the videoboard in the building. The new videoboard meets Canadian Hockey League requirements for a future Memorial Cup bid, and replaces the old videoboard, which was a point of contention for Generals fans over the past few years.[4]

An announcement was made on October 7, 2016 that the facility would be renamed the Tribute Communities Centre effective November 1, 2016.[5] The new naming rights are currently set to last for ten years.[6]

2015 Pan American Games[edit]

For the 2015 Pan American Games the facility hosted both weightlifting and boxing events. During the games, the facility was configured to hold roughly 3,000 spectators per session. During Games time the facility was known as the Oshawa Sports Centre.[7]


  1. ^ Canadian inflation numbers based on Statistics Canada. "Consumer Price Index, historical summary". CANSIM, table (for fee) 326-0021 and Catalogue nos. 62-001-X, 62-010-X and 62-557-X. And Consumer Price Index, by province (monthly) (Canada) Last modified 2017-07-21. Retrieved July 28, 2017
  2. ^ a b "MLSE bows out of management contract with GMC". 2008-04-01. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  3. ^ a b Verge, Jessica (June 25, 2008). "Global Spectrum takes over GM Centre". The Oshawa Express. Archived from the original on October 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ Wittnebel, Joel (April 19, 2016). "City all in on jumbotron". The Oshawa Express. 
  5. ^ Follert, Jillian (October 7, 2016). "Oshawa's General Motors Centre becomes the Tribute Communities Centre Nov. 1". Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  6. ^ Wittnebel, Joel (October 12, 2016). "GM Centre no longer". The Oshawa Express. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Oshawa Sports Centre". TO2015. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 43°53′50″N 78°51′35″W / 43.89722°N 78.85972°W / 43.89722; -78.85972