The Scotiabank Arena (formerly the Air Canada Centre) is Toronto’s major concert and professional sports venue. The facility clocks in at 650,000 square feet (60,387 square meters) and seats nearly 20,000 event-goers. The adjacent Maple Leaf Square hosts a variety of shops and restaurants, plus a hotel and condominiums.
Scotiabank Arena is home turf for the Toronto Maple Leafs (National Hockey League), the Toronto Raptors (National Basketball Association), and the Toronto Rock (National Lacrosse League). It is also one of the country’s premier concert venues, playing host to some of the biggest names in music. It is virtually unheard of for a major Canadian tour not to include at least one—and sometimes three or four—shows at Scotiabank Arena.
Tours of downtown Toronto, including the hop-on hop-off bus, typically feature a stop at the arena, which has been touted as one of the most photographed spots in the city.
Things to Know Before You Go
- To gain access to the building, you must have an event ticket. There are no public tours.
- Anything you bring into the building is subject to inspection. Backpacks, large bags or purses, weapons, alcohol, and drugs are prohibited.
- The arena is accessible to wheelchair users.
How to Get There
During events, most people arrive at the Scotiabank Arena on foot from the adjacent Union Station, the closest train and subway stop. Parking is available at paid lots in the area, and there is underground parking at the arena. Taxis and ride-shares are also readily available in the Toronto core.
When to Get There
Events are held at Scotiabank Arena numerous nights a week year-round. Depending on the popularity of the event, you may need to purchase tickets up to several months in advance.
From Air Canada Centre to Scotiabank Arena
From when it was built in 1999 until the summer of 2018, Scotiabank Arena was known as the Air Canada Centre (ACC)—a name many locals still use, despite the renaming of the facility. The naming rights agreement was reportedly one of the richest sponsorship deals in North American sports history.