HALIFAX METRO CENTRE
NS 16, P330468
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Nova Scotia Voyageurs (AHL) (1978–1984), Nova Scotia Oilers (AHL) (1985–1987), Halifax Citadels (AHL) (1988–1993), Halifax Windjammers (WBL) (1991–1992), Halifax Windjammers (NBL) (1993–1994), Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) (1994–present), Halifax Rainmen (PBL) (2007–present)
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 building is connected to the Downtown Halifax Link system.
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. In December 2007, an Ozzy Osbourne 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.
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