Scotiabank Arena To See Renovations This Summer
Scotiabank Arena will get a "multimillion-dollar facelift" this summer in what Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment President & CEO Michael Friisdahl is calling a "'reimagination' of the venue that opened in February 1999," according to Neil Davidson of the CP. Friisdahl did not put a cost estimate on the renovations other than to "say it's 'multi, multimillion dollars.'" He added that MLSE’s investment is to "ensure the arena is both a 'gathering place' for fans but also a destination in the city, going hand-in-hand with the money that has gone into renovating nearby Union Station." Davidson noted a pedestrian bridge is being "built over Bay Street from CIBC Square," and the bridge "should help ease the postgame flow of fans, some of whom dodge traffic to get to the other side." On the west side of the arena, a new video board that is 40% bigger is "going up at Jurassic Park." There will also be "smaller video screens near the west entrance of the galleria, to help on nights with multiple games." Plus the arena is "getting new digital Scotiabank signage that can light up in different colours, replacing the temporary arena signs" (CP, 8/1).