Halifax Metro Centre


Halifax Metro Centre

Infobox Stadium | stadium_name=Halifax Metro Centre


location=1800 Argyle Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia
opened= February 1978
owner=Trade Centre Limited
former_names= Halifax Metro Centre (1978–present)
tenants=Nova Scotia Voyageurs (AHL) (1978–1984,
Nova Scotia Oilers (AHL) (1985–1987)
Halifax Citadels (AHL) (1988–1993)
Men's basketball championship (CIS) (1984–2007)
Halifax Windjammers (WBL) (1991–1992)
Halifax Windjammers (NBL) (1993–1994)
Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) (1994–present)
Halifax Rainmen (ABA) (2007–present)
seating_capacity=Hockey: 10,595
Basketball: 11,093
Concerts: up to 12,000
The Halifax Metro Centre was built in 1978 in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The building is next to the World Trade and Convention Centre, at the foot of Citadel Hill. It is the largest arena in Halifax. It originally featured a full ring of bright orange seats around the playing surface, which is known as the "lower bowl". It also has an incomplete "upper bowl" on each side of the arena facing rink-side (court-side) with seats of the same colour. In the mid to late 1990s, there were numerous renovations to the arena, including the addition of forty-three SkyBoxes and eleven "Executive Suites". The addition of the SkyBoxes has since partially obscured views for people sitting high up in the upper bowl. These boxes do not cut off views of the events, but more cut off views of the rest of the seating area. Before the 2002–03 ice hockey season, in preparation for the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship, a new scoreboard and "SilverVision" LED screens were added. The arena concourses feature photographs of the various events that have taken place at the Metro Centre, with one side featuring entertainment events and the other featuring sporting events (including professional wrestling). It currently has a seating capacity of 10,595 for ice hockey.

The arena is built into the ground to compensate for the steep elevation of the land it occupies. One can see cars at street level, outside, while watching an event. It is sometimes referred to as the "MC".

In recent years there has been some talk of a possible new, larger arena to be built sometime in the next few years. It would likely have a seating capacity of over 15,000 for hockey games.Fact|date=May 2008 In December 2007, an Ozzy Osborne concert sold out in nine minutes, setting a box office ticket record for the Metro Centre. In July 2008, the Metro Centre also set a record sell-out (25,000 tickets sold in forty minutes), for two back-to-back Elton John concerts held in late September 2008. In August 2008, the NHL's Boston Bruins announced they'd start their training camp in mid September 2008, which will include two preseason games against Montreal and Detroit.

Events

* 1978 – Gordon Lightfoot, first opening concert.
* 1979 – Billy Graham Crusade.
* 1979 – The first ever Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.
* 1981, 1995, 2003 Briers Men's Canadian Curling Championship.
* 1990 – World Figure Skating Championships.
* 1992 – Scott Tournament of Hearts.
* 1992 – WBL World Basketball League All-Star game.
* 1993 – WWE Wrestling superstars television taping.
* 1993 – NHL regular season, neutral site game. New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils.
* 1994 – NHL regular season, neutral site game. New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals.
* 1995 – 21st G7 Summit (media centre).
* 1995 – 1995 NBA Basketball Exhibition (first Toronto Raptors game in Canada vs. Philadelphia 76ers).
* 1996 – Garth Brooks (three sold out shows).
* 1997 – Live WWE Wrestling Raw (television taping).
* 2000 – CHL Memorial Cup.
* 2003 – IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.
* 2003 – Live WWE Wrestling Raw and Smackdown (television tapings).
* 2004 – Franklin Graham East Coast Festival
* 2004 – IIHF Women's World Ice Hockey Championships.
* 2004 – FIBA Under 21 Tournament of the Americas.
* 2005 – Canadian Olympic Curling Trials ("Roar of the Rings").
* 2006 – Juno Awards.
* 2006 – Bill Clinton.
* 2007 – American Basketball Association All-Star game.
* 2007 – World Indoor Lacrosse Championship.
* 2007 – CIS University Men's Basketball Championship (last time after a twenty-four year run at Metro Centre).
* 2008 – Ozzy Osborne (two sold out shows).
* 2008 – IIHF Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.
* 2008 – Elton John (two sold out shows).
* annual Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo (since 1979).
* numerous AUAA / AUS Men's Basketball Tournaments.
* numerous AUAA Men's Hockey All-Star Games (mid 1990s).
* numerous boxing cards.
* numerous Canadian Figure Skating Championships.
* numerous CIAU / CIS Men's Basketball Tournaments.
* numerous Harlem Globetrotter games.
* numerous NBA and NHL preseason games, including the first Toronto Raptors preseason game in their history.
* numerous NHL old-timers games.
* numerous Skate Canada events.
* numerous Team Canada basketball and hockey games.
* numerous World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) events, including television programing tapings.
* numerous East Coast Music Awards
* some of NCAA (basketball) and NHL regular season games.
* some scenes from the "Trailer Park Boys" episode "", were shot here.

Notable performances

* 50 Cent
* Accept
* Bryan Adams
* Aerosmith
* Akon
* Paul Anka
* April Wine
* Backstreet Boys
* Barenaked Ladies
* Black Eyed Peas
* Blue Man Group
* Blue Rodeo
* Sarah Brightman
* Garth Brooks
* James Brown
* Michael Bublé
* George Carlin
* Cats
* Cher
* Cirque du Soleil
* Bill Clinton
* Tom Cochrane
* Coldplay
* Alice Cooper
* Bill Cosby
* Def Leppard
* Celine Dion
* Dire Straits
* Disney on Ice
* Dixie Chicks
* Hilary Duff
* Bob Dylan
* Everclear
* Nelly Furtado
* Goo Goo Dolls
* Great Big Sea
* Green Day
* Guns N' Roses
* Corey Hart
* Headpins
* Helix
* Huey Lewis and the News
* Ice Capades
* Iron Maiden
* Alan Jackson
* Elton John
* Krokus
* Larry the Cable Guy
* Avril Lavigne
* Gordon Lightfoot
* Live
* Lynyrd Skynyrd
* Jeff Martin
* Max Webster
* Sarah McLachlan
* Metallica
* Kim Mitchell
* Alanis Morissette
* Mötley Crüe
* Anne Murray
* Nickelback
* Ozzy Osbourne
* Our Lady Peace
* Brad Paisley
* Dolly Parton
* Pearl Jam
* Platinum Blonde
* Red Rider
* Rihanna
* Kenny Rogers
* Rush
* Paul Simon
* Simple Plan
* Slayer
* Sleater-Kinney
* Snoop Dogg
* Stars on Ice
* Rod Stewart
* Sum 41
* Billy Talent
* Thomas & Friends
* George Thorogood
* The Tragically Hip
* Trailer Park Boys
* Triumph
* Trooper
* Tina Turner
* Carrie Underwood
* Van Halen
* Johnny Winter
* "Weird Al" Yankovic
* Neil Young

External links

* [http://www.halifaxmetrocentre.com/index.cfm?mid=2 Official web site]
* [http://www.halifaxmooseheads.ca Halifax Mooseheads Official Site]
* [http://www.ohlarenaguide.com/mooseheads.htm Arena review]


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