Canadian Tire Centre

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Canadian Tire Centre
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Former names The Palladium (1996)
Corel Centre (1996–2006)
Scotiabank Place (2006–2013)
Location 1000 Palladium Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K2V 1A5
Coordinates 45°17′49″N 75°55′38″W / 45.29694°N 75.92722°W / 45.29694; -75.92722Coordinates: 45°17′49″N 75°55′38″W / 45.29694°N 75.92722°W / 45.29694; -75.92722
Owner Capital Sports Properties (an Ottawa Senators subsidiary)
Capacity Hockey: 18,694 (20,041 with standing room)[1]
Basketball: 20,500 (without standing room)
Concerts: 20,041
Field size 600,000 square feet (56,000 m2)
Surface Multi-surface
Broke ground July 7, 1994
Opened January 15, 1996
Expanded 2005
Construction cost C$170 million[1]
($243 million in 2015 dollars[2])
Architect Rossetti architects
Murray & Murray Architects (associate)
Project manager ZW Group
Structural engineer Carruthers & Wallace Ltd.[3]
Services engineer J. L. Richards & Associated Ltd.[4]
General contractor PCL Constructors/Bellai Brothers Construction Ltd.[5]
Main contractors Eastern Inc.
Ottawa Senators (NHL) (1996–present)
Ottawa Rebel (NLL) (2001–2002)
Ottawa 67's (OHL) (2012–2014)
Ottawa SkyHawks (NBL Canada) (2013–2014)

Canadian Tire Centre (French: Centre Canadian Tire,[6] formerly known as The Palladium upon its opening, Corel Centre and Scotiabank Place) is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in the western suburb of Kanata, in Ottawa, Ontario.

The arena is primarily used for ice hockey, serving as the home arena of the National Hockey League's Ottawa Senators since its opening in 1996, and as a temporary home for the OHL's Ottawa 67's during renovations at its arena. The arena is also used regularly for music concerts. It has hosted events such as the CIS Men's basketball championship.


As part of its bid to land a NHL franchise for Ottawa, Terrace Corporation unveiled the original proposal for the arena development at a press conference in September 1989. The proposal included a hotel and 20,500 seat arena, named The Palladium on 100 acres (0.40 km2), surrounded by a 500-acre (2.0 km2) mini-city, named "West Terrace". The site itself, 600 acres (2.4 km2) of farmland, on the western border of Kanata, had been acquired in May 1989 by Terrace. The large site had previously been a possible location for a new home for the Central Canada Exhibition, but the Exhibition's option on the property had expired.

The site was farmland and required a rezoning to proceed with construction. The then-City of Kanata supported the rezoning, but the provincial government and some local residents opposed the rezoning, forcing public hearings into the proposal by the Ontario Municipal Board. Rezoning approval was granted by the Board on August 28, 1991, with conditions. The conditions imposed by the board included a scaling down of the arena to 18,500 seats, a moratorium on development outside the initial 100-acre (0.40 km2) arena site, and that the cost of the highway interchange with highway 417 be paid by Terrace. A ground-breaking ceremony was held in June 1992 but actual construction did not start until July 7, 1994.

The two-year period was used seeking financing for the site and interchange by Terrace Corporation. The corporation received a $6 million grant from the federal government, but needed to borrow to pay for the rest of the costs of construction. On August 17, 1993, Bruce Firestone, the Senators owner, was replaced by Rod Bryden, a former high tech tycoon, who assumed control of Terrace Corporation. Bryden managed to borrow enough to pay for the $188 million project[7] through a consortium of U.S. banks and Ogden Entertainment, but could not find financing for the highway interchange. Only after the provincial government provided a loan guarantee for the highway interchange financing did construction proceed.

Actual construction took 18 months, finishing in January 1996. The Palladium opened on January 15, 1996 with a concert by Canadian rocker Bryan Adams. The first NHL game took place two days later, with the Montreal Canadiens defeating the Senators 3-0. On February 17, 1996, the name 'Palladium' was changed to the 'Corel Centre', when Corel Corporation, an Ottawa software company, signed a 10-year deal for the naming rights.[8]

When mortgage holder Covanta Energy (the former Ogden Entertainment) went into receivership in 2001, Terrace was expected to pay off the whole debt. The ownership was not able to refinance the arena, eventually leading to Terrace itself declaring bankruptcy in 2003. However, on August 26, 2003, billionaire businessman Eugene Melnyk finalized the purchase of the Senators and the arena.[1] The arena and club became solely owned by Melnyk through a new company, Capital Sports Properties.

In 2004, the ownership applied to expand its seating. The City of Ottawa amended its by-laws in December 2004 and in 2005, the venue was allowed to increase its seating capacity to 19,153 and total attendance to 20,500 when including standing room.[1][9]

Also in 2005, the arena became home to the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, with a display on the second-floor concourse. Information of over 200 inductees is detailed on individual plaques. The exhibit display had previously been located at the Ottawa Civic Centre since 1967.[10] The space is donated by Scotiabank Place. In 2011, it was announced that the Hall of Fame exhibit will be moving to permanent space at the Heritage Building of Ottawa City Hall.[11]

On January 19, 2006, the arena became known as Scotiabank Place after reaching a new 15 year naming rights agreement with Canadian bank Scotiabank on January 11, 2006.[12][13]

In 2012, Scotiabank Place hosted the 2012 NHL All-Star Game and installed a new high-definition scoreboard.[14] From 2012 through 2014, the arena was also a temporary home for the Ottawa 67's, due to renovations occurring at TD Place Arena.[15]

On June 18, 2013, the Ottawa Senators announced that it had sold naming rights to the arena to Canadian Tire: the arena was officially renamed Canadian Tire Centre on July 1, 2013.[16][17]

In December 2014, Senators Sports and Entertainment submitted one of four bids to the NCC for the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats in downtown Ottawa. The proposal includes a new NHL arena along with other mixed uses.


Interior of the arena, before a playoff game of the Ottawa Senators.

The arena has facilities for ice hockey and basketball, games which are held regularly. The arena has also hosted indoor lacrosse. The arena has different configurations for concerts, with full and half arena seating arrangements. The building has six restaurants and a fitness club. Most of the restaurants are only open on game days. There are also several concession stands.[18] The Ottawa Senators operate a merchandise store next to the east entrance.

Arena seating is in three levels, 100, 200 and 300, which are fixed sections surrounding the arena floor. The levels start with the 100 or 'club' level closest to the ice surface rising further up and away to the 300 level. There are suites in the 100 level and at the mezzanine level which is above the 300 level. There is a restaurant opening onto the 300 level at one end of the arena, and there is a low-price area in the 300 level at the other end, which doesn't allow alcohol. The 100 level has its own concourse while levels 200 and 300 share a concourse. The Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame exhibit is on the 200/300 level concourse. The mezzanine level is only reachable by elevator.

The arena is located in the west-end of Ottawa, south of Huntmar Drive and Ontario Highway 417. It is accessible from the two highway interchanges of Palladium Drive and Terry Fox Drive. It is located approximately 22 km (14 mi) west-southwest of Downtown Ottawa. Ottawa's public transit provider OC Transpo provides special shuttle buses to the arena for all events.

Notable events[edit]

The arena has held several notable ice hockey events. Canadian Tire Centre has hosted games 3 and 4 of the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals. The arena has also hosted two world championship ice hockey tournaments, the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and the 2013 Women's World Hockey Championships. Wayne Gretzky played in his last NHL game in Canada at the arena, against the Senators, on April 15, 1999.[19]

The arena has hosted concerts by many notable artists, including Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Genesis, AC/DC, Taylor Swift on her Fearless Tour and the 1989 Tour, Justin Bieber, The Eagles, U2, Green Day, Elton John, Kiss, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Metallica,[20] One Direction, Pearl Jam, Prince, Rihanna, Roger Waters, Rush,[21] Barbra Streisand, Shania Twain and Madonna, who sold 15,000 tickets in 21 minutes, becoming the fastest selling concert in Ottawa history.[22] The 2003 and 2012 Juno Awards ceremonies were also held at Canadian Tire Centre.

The arena hosted Billy Graham's final Canadian Crusade in June 1998. Total attendance for the four-day crusade was over 100,000, with 28,000 attending during all-day Saturday, and 25,000 attending a Friday night concert by Jars of Clay.[23]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ 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 2015-09-08. Retrieved September 22, 2015
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  4. ^ J. L. Richards - Buildings, Civil/Environmental and Industrial Resources
  5. ^ Place|accessdate=September 12, 2011
  6. ^ "Le Centre Canadian Tire". Radio-Canada. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ottawa Senators History". CBC. [dead link]
  8. ^ Ottawa Senators Media Guide 2007-08. Ottawa Senators Hockey Club. 2007. p. 208. 
  9. ^ "Scotiabank Place New Home to Ottawa Senators Hockey". The Globe and Mail. January 11, 2006. Retrieved January 14, 2008. 
  10. ^ "About us". Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 16, 2008. 
  11. ^ Cleary, Martin (July 9, 2011). "Sports Hall Finds a New Home". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Scotiabank Place". Scotiabank. Retrieved January 14, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Scotiabank Place new home to Ottawa Senators Hockey". Scotiabank. January 11, 2006. Retrieved January 14, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Senators Named Hosts of the 2012 All-Star Game Festivities". Bell Media. September 15, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  15. ^ "67's welcome return to Home Sweet Home at the Civic Centre". Ottawa Citizen (Postmedia). Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "News Release: Home of the Ottawa Senators renamed Canadian Tire Centre" (Press release). Ottawa Senators. June 18, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Name Change For Scotiabank Place". Ottawa Sun. June 18, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Concessions - Canadian Tire Centre". Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  19. ^ Atkins, Harry (April 16, 1999). "Gretzky good as gone". Ludington Daily News. Associated Press. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
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  21. ^ "Rush Concert Tour Dates". Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
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  23. ^ Carmichael, Kevin (June 29, 1998). "Record Ottawa crowds for Billy Graham". Hamilton Spectator. p. A1. 

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Preceded by
Ottawa Civic Centre
Home of the
Ottawa Senators

1996 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
RBC Center
Host of the
NHL All-Star Game

Succeeded by
Nationwide Arena