Ontario Construction News staff writer
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) unveiled the Scotiabank Arena Venue Reimagination project on Monday.
The $350 million project includes a series of renovations to concourses, suites, premium clubs, retail spaces, food and beverage offerings, along with technological advancements.
The project is a collaborative effort, joining forces with Brisbin, Brook, Beynon Architects, DesignAgency, owner’s representative firm CAA ICON and PCL Construction. These entities were originally at the helm of designing and constructing the venue, which opened its doors in February 1999.
“Having been a part of Scotiabank Arena’s journey since its inception in 1999, including the recent renovations this summer, PCL takes immense pride in contributing to Scotiabank Arena’s legacy over nearly 25 years,” said Marc Pascoli, senior vice president and district manager at PCL Construction. “Congratulations to Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, our partners, and all the skilled tradespeople involved, as we celebrate the future of Scotiabank Arena and the continual delivery of an unparalleled fan experience.”
Plans for the 100 Level concourse remodeling in 2024 were also revealed during the Scotiabank Arena Venue Reimagination media tour.
Following the 2023-24 Maple Leafs and Raptors seasons, an all-encompassing design transformation of the 100 Level concourse will kick off, alongside the creation of innovative spaces within the arena’s walls. Plans include:
- Comprehensive renovation of the 100 Level concourse, featuring a contemporary and fan-friendly design with dynamic screens, beacons, and hubs that adapt to the event’s atmosphere.
- Modernization of concession stands, converting eight kiosks into grab-and-go style markets to accelerate transactions and minimize wait times, offering a range of local food options and arena favorites.
- Expansion of Real Sports Apparel with an additional retail store on the 100 Level concourse, enriching the sports merchandise and fan shopping experience.
- A revamped Hot Stove restaurant on the 200 Level, including a dedicated entrance from the Galleria’s second floor into the steakhouse’s front lounge, offering a contemporary design blended with historic charm for pre-event and event dining.
- Introduction of the Tunnel Club on Event Level, granting members an exclusive, up-close view of players entering the bowl from the locker room, complemented by high-end design and finishes, conveniently situated near their seats.
- Redesign of the Gate 6 broadcast studio.
Planned future updates include a complete redesign of the 300 Level concourse in alignment with the 100 Level design, dedicated artist and talent spaces for an elevated backstage experience, and additional improvements to be announced later.