Maple Leaf Square

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Maple Leaf Square
Maple Leaf Square logo.png
Maple Leaf Square, North Tower.jpg
Maple Leaf Square's North Tower
Maple Leaf Square is located in Toronto
Maple Leaf Square
Location in Toronto
General information
StatusComplete
TypePublic square, Hotel, Condominium, Office, Retail
Address15 York St.
Town or cityToronto, Ontario
CountryCanada
Coordinates43°38′33″N 79°22′49″W / 43.642632°N 79.380200°W / 43.642632; -79.380200Coordinates: 43°38′33″N 79°22′49″W / 43.642632°N 79.380200°W / 43.642632; -79.380200
Construction startedJanuary 2007
Completed2010 (2010)
Height
Roof186 m (610 ft)
Technical details
Floor count54 (topped out)
Floor area1,800,000 sq ft (170,000 m2)
Grounds2.1 acres (0.85 ha)
Design and construction
ArchitectKuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects with Page & Steele Architects (Architect of Record)
Main contractorPCL Construction[1]
Other information
Number of units872
Website
www.mapleleafsquare.com

Maple Leaf Square is a multi-use complex and public square located in the South Core neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located to the west of the Scotiabank Arena on the former Railway Lands. The $500 million development was jointly developed by Cadillac Fairview, Lanterra and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), who own the nearby Scotiabank Arena. The complex has 1,800,000 square feet (170,000 m2) of usable space covering 2.1 acres (0.85 ha) on one city block.[2]

Name[edit]

Maple Leaf Square is named after the Toronto Maple Leafs that play in the Scotiabank Arena next to the square.[3][4]

On September 25, 2014, it was reported that official name of the square would be changed to Ford Square from Maple Leaf Square, after the Ford Motor Company of Canada's purchase of naming rights to the square.[5] After public uproar to the rename,[6][7][8][9] five days later, MLSE said that those reports were "premature and unfounded" and they would not get rid of the name.[6] Instead, they announced that the square would be branded as the Ford Fan Zone at Maple Leaf Square[6] due to a five-year sponsorship deal with Ford Canada.[8]

History[edit]

Construction on the project began in January 2007.

The two glass and precast concrete towers are 65 storeys, containing 872 residential units, a 167-room Hotel LeGermain Boutique Hotel, 230,000 square feet (21,000 m2) of office space, 110,000 square feet (10,000 m2) of retail space, a 7,000-square-foot (650 m2) daycare centre, a high-definition theatre that broadcasts Leafs Nation Network and NBA TV Canada 24-hours a day, and four levels of underground parking with nearly 900 spaces.

The retail complex includes a Longo's grocery, a 24,000-square-foot (2,200 m2) sports bar called Real Sports Bar and Grill, a sports retail store called Real Sports Apparel, a fine dining restaurant called E11even, and a branch of the Toronto Dominion Bank. For residents, there is a rooftop garden and swimming pool. The development was designed to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver status for the project's environmental sustainability.

The building partly served as inspiration for HarborCenter, a multi-use building built near KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York by Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills owner Terrence Pegula's Pegula Sports and Entertainment. The similarity is most noticeable in the design of the restaurant: HarborCenter's 716 Food and Sport was largely based on Maple Leaf Square's Real Sports Bar and Grill.

Maple Leaf Square topped out in Spring 2010

Public square[edit]

Maple Leaf Square
Public square
Fans watching the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Boston Bruins in game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs
Fans watching the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Boston Bruins in game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs
FeaturesVideo screens
Opening date2010
OwnerCity of Toronto
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
Maple Leaf Square is located in Toronto
Maple Leaf Square
Maple Leaf Square
Location of Maple Leaf Square in Toronto
Coordinates: 43°38′35.5″N 79°22′49.4″W / 43.643194°N 79.380389°W / 43.643194; -79.380389

The public square has a capacity of 5,000 people, which hosts pre-game gatherings and other sports-related events.[10]

In conjunction with the project, the Scotiabank Arena itself on the side of Maple Leaf Square was renovated.[10] The renovations included an 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) atrium addition to the west side of the arena which abuts the plaza. The outside wall of the atrium features a 50 by 80-foot (24 m) video screen overlooking the plaza which was inspired by similar plazas at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, and Victory Park in Dallas.[10] Games going on inside the arena are often displayed live on the outdoor screen.

The public square holds special outdoor viewings of playoff games by the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors. Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, who owns both franchises, puts concession and merchandise stands on the square during said occasions.[4] The presence of Raptors fans in the square during their 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 playoff runs have led the square to be nicknamed "Jurassic Park" (in reference to the film).[4]

The square was the first such plaza in Canada. It has been since repeated in Edmonton with a plaza in the Ice District by Daryl Katz, owner of the Edmonton Oilers and in Winnipeg with True North Square by True North Sports and Entertainment, owners of the Winnipeg Jets.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ - Construction Update Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Maple Leaf Square Update | June 9, 2008 Archived September 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Toronto Raptors fans pack Maple Leaf Square for Game 7 against Brooklyn Nets Archived September 28, 2014, at Archive.is, National Post, May 4, 2014
  4. ^ a b c Levinson-King, Robin. "Why Jurassic Park is ground zero for Raptors fans". Toronto Star.
  5. ^ "maple leaf square gets renamed" (sept 25, 2014). Global News. Sep 25, 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  6. ^ a b c Maple Leaf Square will live on, MLSE says, Toronto Star, September 30, 2014
  7. ^ Never mind what MLSE wants, the square's name stays the same, September 26, Toronto Star
  8. ^ a b Maple Leaf Square will not be renamed Ford Square, CityNews Toronto, September 30
  9. ^ Maple Leaf Square will not be renamed Ford Square after all, Global News, September 30, 2014
  10. ^ a b c Shoalts, David (2008-09-10). "ACC could look better than Leafs this season". Globe & Mail. Retrieved 2008-09-12.[dead link]

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