MLSE breaks ground on phase 2 of multi-million dollar Scotiabank Arena project

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) announced the $350 million Scotiabank Arena Reimagination project, a multi-phased renovation including enhancements to concourses, premium clubs, suites, retail and food and beverage spaces.

Phase two of construction started this week and will include a design makeover of the 100 Level concourse and building a -new luxury club space.

PCL Construction is the project contractor.

“PCL is passionate about bringing the reimagined vision for Scotiabank Arena to life,” said Marc Pascoli, senior vice president and District Manager, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. “Following the successful completion of the first phase of renovations last summer, the second phase of the complex renovation will again be delivered through a fast-track schedule starting ahead of and carrying through the 2024-2025 Maple Leaf and Raptors seasons. We look forward to helping MLSE take their fan experience to even greater heights.”

In October 2023 PCL completed the first phase of construction – a floor to ceiling remodel of 200 Level executive suites and lounge.

In 2019, a preliminary phase of the project added a new 2,200 square foot LED videoboard in Maple Leaf Square, two largescale screens in the Galleria and a full renovation of Real Sports.

“Following the success of last summer’s first phase of the Scotiabank Arena Reimagination project, we are thrilled to introduce even more state-of-the-art improvements to Canada’s top-ranked venue this summer,” said Keith Pelley, president & CEO, MLSE. “Delivering the very best sports and entertainment fan experience will always be our top priority, and we are thankful to MLSE ownership for their commitment and investment in this project as we strive to build on Toronto’s reputation as a world class market with top venues for our teams, performers and fans.”

Phase two construction is expected to be completed in October 2024:

  • A complete renovation of the first section of the 100 Level concourse with transformative design and functional elements.
  • The addition of a second 2,600 square-foot Real Sports Apparel retail store on the 100 Level concourse
  • Conversion of apparel kiosks on the 100 Level into mini walk-in shops equipped with rotating walls and digital signage
  • Additions to the ongoing museum-like art collection
  • The remodeling and addition of more inclusive and accessible spaces onto the 100 Level concourse
  • Redesigning the Hot Stove restaurant on the 200 Level with a new dedicated entrance from outside of the arena by Gate 1 of the Galleria
  • The implementation of secure, frictionless security screening at entry to help fans get into the venue as quickly as possible.
  • Digital signage upgrade within the renovated spaces using LG’s expansive suite of display and LED technology to support with fan communications and wayfinding.


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