Ice-based sports are commonplace in Canada – if we know anything it's hockey, skating, curling, and the like. Here are the top 10 Canadian arenas across the country based on capacity.
Bell Centre – Montreal
With a capacity of 21,273 seats and holding more people than any other NHL venue, the Bell Centre, home of the Habs, opened its doors in 1996. Today it attracts more than 1 million spectators to their hockey games, while 650,000 people walk through the doors to watch over 120 shows, for a total of 1.5 million visitors every year.
Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary
The second largest of these top 10 Canadian arenas, the Scotiabank Saddledome can hold in access of 19,000 people. For more than 20 years it has played host to some of the biggest concerts, Calgary Flames' games, and other events, the most recent being the highly-anticipated stop by music icon Prince as part of his Welcome 2 Canada Tour December 14th.
Scotiabank Place – Ottawa
In the nation's capital the place to be is Scotiabank Place, where the Sens as well as the world's most popular and reputed musical acts dazzle audiences of 19,153, making it only slightly smaller than the aforementioned Scotiabank Saddledome. It's also one of the greenest Canadian arenas on this list.
Rogers Arena – Vancouver
The West Coast's place to be is Rogers Arena, which holds just over 18,000 and is home to the Vancouver Canucks. It has hosted numerous national and international events over the years, as well as welcomed a countless number of world renowned personalities including former US President Bill Clinton, HRH Queen Elizabeth II, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Air Canada Centre – Toronto
The Air Canada Centre is Canada's premier sports and entertainment venue and home to the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club, Toronto Raptors Basketball Club, and the Toronto Rock Lacrosse Team. Air Canada Centre recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, having first opened its doors in February 1999.
It has hosted over 26.8 million fans at close to 2000 events.
Copps Coliseum – Hamilton
A cherished Canadian arena steeped in history, Copps Coliseum has housed an array of spectacular concert and sporting events, and serves as home to AHL team The Hamilton Bulldogs. It has also been the site of many great moments in hockey, having hosted the World Junior Hockey Championships, the Canada Cup, and the Memorial Cup.
Rexall Place – Edmonton
Capable of welcoming just over 17,000 people, Rexall Place is the arena for the Edmonton Oilers, one of the most successful pro hockey teams, the Edmonton Rush of the National Lacrosse League, and the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL.
Pacific Coliseum – Vancouver
The second largest venue in British Columbia, the Pacific Coliseum accommodates 15,713 in permanent seating, with provision for 2,000 temporary seats on the floor for concerts and spectator sports. It also served as the official venue for Short Track Speed Skating and Figure Skating during the 2010 Olympic Games.
Colisée Pepsi – Quebec City
Just waiting in hopes of playing host to a new NHL team, the Colisée Pepsi was built six decades ago and can accommodate more than 16,000 people. From Cirque du Soleil shows to World Hockey Championships, it remains one of the province's most popular Canadian arenas.
MTS Centre – Winnipeg
The MTS Centre is Manitoba's newest major market sports and entertainment centre, providing an exciting line-up of entertainment and sports events for the more than 800,000 fans who visit the city's downtown every year.