Air Canada Centre

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Air Canada Centre
Facility Statistics
Location40 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J-2N8
Broke GroundMarch 12, 1997
OpenedFebruary 19, 1999
OwnerMaple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
Construction CostC$265 million
ArchitectPCL Constructors Western, Inc.
Tenants
Toronto Maple Leafs1999-present
Toronto Raptors1999-present
Toronto Rock2001-present
Toronto Phantoms2001-2002
Seating Capacity
1999 Basketball19,800
1999 Hockey18,800
2001 Lacrosse18,800
1999 Concerts19,800
1999 Theatre5,200

The Air Canada Centre is an arena at 40 Bay Street, in downtown Toronto, Ontario. It is owned by Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment Ltd., and is 665,000 square feet (62,000 m²) in size. It is the official home of the NBA's Toronto Raptors, the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs, and the NLL's Toronto Rock. It was also home to the Toronto Phantoms of the Arena Football League during their brief existence.

It is sometimes known as "The Hangar" due to the corporate sponsor of the arena.

History

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Air Canada Centre exterior

Air Canada Centre's groundbreaking was performed in February of 1997. The site was formerly occupied by a postal distribution building; the striking facades of the east and south walls of that structure are retained on those faces of the arena. It was built to replace the legendary Maple Leaf Gardens, which was too small and aged for modern times.

Its opening NHL game was vs. the Montreal Canadiens on February 20, 1999; its opening NBA game was vs. the Vancouver Grizzlies on February 21, 1999.

The first major championship won at the Air Canada Centre was on May 14, 2005, when the Toronto Rock beat the Arizona Sting to win the National Lacrosse League Champion's Cup.

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