Happy 20th to home of Toronto’s Maple Leafs and Raptors
If the Maple Leafs and Raptors are looking for the perfect 20th birthday present for Scotiabank Arena, how about a Stanley Cup or Larry O’Brien Trophy?
As much as the arena has been a commercial success — the third busiest in North America and eighth busiest in the world, according to the event trade magazine Pollstar — it’s double decade anniversary comes Wednesday, still without any new title banners.
At least the forecast has improved the past few years for Scotiabank’s primary tenants, both championship contenders in their sports and the house is ready to rock for many years to come.
“It’s held up pretty well,” said Nick Eaves, chief venues and operations officer for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. “You have the Canada Post building’s reliable old bones and the updated infrastructure. We continue to invest in new fan amenities, so you’ll have an experience just walking up to the building.”
Work on the latter ramped up heavily last year when the bank paid $800 million to take the naming rights of the former Air Canada Centre for the next 20 years, allowing for interior and exterior changes, plus tech toys and creature comforts.