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Round 2 of Scotiabank Arena renos underway

By Adam Freill   

Commercial Construction

MLSE and PCL break ground on second phase of multi-million dollar Scotiabank Arena Reimagination project in Toronto.

From left, Marc Pascoli, senior vice-president and district manager, PCL Constructors Canada Inc., Keith Pelley, president and chief executive officer, MLSE, and Nick Eaves, chief venues and operations officer, MLSE. (Photo: Tom Pandi/Scotiabank Arena)

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) is reimagining the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors again this summer. Phase 1 of the $350-million Scotiabank Arena Reimagination project wrapped up prior to the start of last season’s NHL and NBA schedules, and with both teams in their off-seasons, the second stage of the project has now begun.

Phase 2 of construction will involve an all-encompassing design makeover of the 100 Level concourse and building a brand-new luxury club space. As the arena undergoes this new phase of construction, the venue will remain open at full capacity for all scheduled events.

“Following the success of last summer’s first phase of the Scotiabank Arena Reimagination project, we are thrilled to introduce even more state-of-the-art improvements to Canada’s top-ranked venue this summer,” said Keith Pelley, president and CEO of MLSE. “Delivering the very best sports and entertainment fan experience will always be our top priority, and we are thankful to MLSE ownership for their commitment and investment in this project as we strive to build on Toronto’s reputation as a world class market with top venues for our teams, performers and fans.”

In October 2023, the first phase of the project introduced fans to a complete floor to ceiling remodel of all Mastercard Executive Suites on the 200 Level, along with the first-of-its-kind Mastercard Lounge, a shared members space with a premium viewing and dining experience. Scotiabank Arena was also the first Canadian venue to unveil two concession stands using Amazon’s Just Walk Out Technology – a food and beverage experience featuring automated payment without checkout lines.

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Expected to be completed by October of this year are the renovation of the first section of the 100 Level concourse with upgraded finishes, additional LED screens, and digital beacons and hubs, as well as a second Real Sports Apparel retail store, and the all-new MNP Pass Social Club on Event Level where members of the club will an exclusive, arms-length view of players making their way to the ice or court from their locker room and have access to corresponding platinum seats.

Also to be ready by October is a reinvigoration of the famed Hot Stove restaurant on the 200 Level with a new dedicated entrance from outside of the arena, and the implementation of secure, frictionless security screening at entry to help fans get into the venue as quickly as possible.

(Image courtesy of MLSE)

Between the fall of 2024 and spring of 2025, during the 2024-25 Maple Leafs and Raptors regular seasons, the venue will see the completion of the 100 Level concourse transformation, continued expansion of self check-out and mobile ordering capabilities, an arena-wide audio-visual system and Wi-Fi enhancement, a design makeover of the Molson Brewhouse on the 100 Level concourse, and upgrades to the open-concept broadcast studio located at Gate 6 on the 100 Level concourse.

As with Phase 1, PCL Constructors Canada is leading the construction projects for Phase 2 as well.

“Leveraging over a quarter-century worth of history and collaboration with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, PCL is passionate about bringing the reimagined vision for Scotiabank Arena to life,” said Marc Pascoli, senior vice-president and district manager at PCL. “Following the successful completion of the first phase of renovations last summer, the second phase of the complex renovation will again be delivered through a fast-track schedule starting ahead of and carrying through the 2024-2025 Maple Leaf and Raptors seasons. We look forward to helping MLSE take their fan experience to even greater heights.”

“This latest reimagination phase marks a pivotal moment in the project as every fan that enters through the doors of Scotiabank Arena will get to feel the visual, functional and atmosphere enhancements as they begin their experience from the main level concourse to their seats,” added Nick Eaves, chief venues and operations officer with MLSE. “From purposeful design transformations to innovation technology additions to culturally impactful art integrations, this summer’s ground-breaking celebrates our commitment to ensuring our space is continuously improving to best serve our valued fans.”

Scotiabank Arena will remain open at full capacity for all expected games and shows as Phase 2 renovations take place, although Gate 1 will be used only for construction access, and some concession stands and bathrooms will be closed on a rolling basis as renovations take place.

The Scotiabank Arena Reimagination is being completed in collaboration with Brisbin, Brook, Beynon Architects, DesignAgency, owner’s representative firm CAA ICON and construction manager PCL Construction.

 

www.scotiabankarena.com

www.pcl.com

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