Scotiabank Place vs Bell Centre
Here we will be looking at Ottawa and Montreal’s main amphitheaters; that is the Palladium, Corel Centre, Scotiabank Place in Ottawa and the Molson Center Bell Center in for Montreal. We will analyze a few aspects; history, location, access, parking, design. Not atmosphere that’s just a given.
The Scotiabank Place, which was completed January 15 1996 with a price tag of $170 million, hosted its first NHL hockey game on January 17 1996. The Canadians defeated the Senators 3-0 with a shutout recorded by Jocelyn Thibault… you know the guy who replaced Patrick Roy! Prior to that, the Senators played 22 km away from the Palladium in the Civic Centre. The bill they received from the moving company was so expensive that they had to trade Dan Quinn to recoup the financial loss.
The design of the Scotiabank Place is very acceptable and up to NHL standards in every regard. While travelling within the bowl you can easily travel through and eventually to your seat with relative ease. Within the 19,153 capacity arena, there are several bars and restaurants to make up for the total lack of anything outside the building. That’s (That is) the biggest problem with this amphitheatre; the fact that there is nothing near by, and that it was built so far from the downtown core. However, some argue there would of never been a hockey franchise in Ottawa if the rink wouldn’t be in Kanata. Many believe it should have have been built-in Lebreton Flats, which would have made sense, but money talks. An other problem that comes with its location is the traffic it creates during game nights. Most of the traffic comes from the East since the stadium is located in the western edge of the city created jams on the Queensway. An advantage to its location is the parking however which is plenty-full due to the large empty spaces around Scotiabank Place. If you fell like going out for dinner downtown before the game and having a few pints and are not in the mood or if you are not in a condition to drive, the OC transpo offers a pretty good service with route 400. It can get pretty rowdy on board the bus and can be a good preamble to the night.
All in all the Scotiabank Place suffers highly due to its location and on the website hockey.ballparks.com it receives 59 on 100.
The Bell Centre opened their doors on March 16 1996 when the Montreal Canadiens played their first game there against the New York Rangers. This change of address also meant they were moving out of the historic, haunted, Forum. It seems that the Canadiens have also left their winning ways there, the Canadiens have yet to add a 25th banner to the rafters. The Bell Centre with a capacity of 21,273 also as hosted many concerts and shows.
The Centre is conveniently located in downtown Montreal on De La Montagne and avenue de la Gauchetière Canadiens de Montreal. Located near many restaurants and bars with some inside also. The design is mediocre, not the best when you’re entering the building and getting to your seat. The seating can go very high up making viewing less desirable, it’s fairly steep, lets just say my mom would not like it. Also, traffic jams are created right before game time when everyone is going up to the upper levels. This scenario repeats itself during intermissions,when everyone rushes to the bathroom, peeing out their $10 beers. Parking at the Bell Centre is surprisingly pretty good with indoor parking and outdoor parking very close. However, you really do not need to bring your car since there is the Metro Lucien L’Allier connected to the Bell Centre. There is also the AMT train station with several bus stops near by. After the game there are also many fun bars adjacent like Les 3 Brasseurs and other bars on Peel Street which is what lacks from the Scotiabank Place.
The Bell Center on the web site hockey.ballparks.com gives it a 63.5 losing points on concessions and architecture.
This post is to compare the location of the Ottawa MacDonald Cartier Airport vs the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport. Which one is better located? We will look at access to the airport, services and also distance from the residents.
The Ottawa MacDonald Cartier airport (YOW) is located in Riverside South, near Hunt Club road. It is located approximately 15 km from the Parliament buildings located in downtown Ottawa (see picture). The drive from downtown is about 25 minutes. Many of the airports clients come from the suburbs ( Nepean, Gloucester, Orleans etc.) which are all relatively close to the airport. Also, most of the suburbs are east, west and south of the airport which helps with traffic. It diverts in many directions from the airport helping the flow of traffic, contrary to the Scotia Bank Place. After a game, almost everyone is going east, simply clogging the streets!
The airport is also close enough to the core of the city to have a relatively efficient transit service by the O.C. Transpo. The airport is served by a major transit route, the 97 Airport via South Keys. The cost for one way travel, if you do not have a pass is $3.25 or two tickets which is $2.50.
YOW is nicely placed, not too far from the heart of the city but not too far from the boonies either, like Mirabel airport. Being outside the residential zones the sound of the jets does not blow anyone ear drums. However, there is a blog to re-instate the old curfew.
Pierre-Elliot Trudeau airport (YUL) located in Dorval, has become the principal airport in Montreal since 2009 when Mirabel, the white elephant, closed its doors to commercial airlines. The airport, which is on the island of Montreal, is accessible via highway 520 Côte de Liesse. The 520 is accessible via highway 20, the 40 and also the 13 which connects Laval with Montreal (see picture). The airport is pretty central, it is about 40 minutes from Pointe des Trembles (east of Montreal), and 25 min from Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (west of Montreal), hoping there is no construction and or traffic. Its very central to the island and accessible to all the island residents and most of the suburbs. Its also used by many US residents that live near the border.
For public transit the airport has been recently blessed with 747 route which connects downtown to the airport. If you don’t have a monthly pass on your OPUS card you will be forced to fork out $7, which is still not too bad for a lift to the airport. Its still a little pricey than the other STM routes that serve the airport. That is the 204 route and the 209, which both stop by the Dorval station, its regular fare; $2.75. There is also a future project to establish a commuter train service to the airport from the Central station. (link in french) The lack of a commuter train will not force YUL to closure, which some people point to as the reason why Mirabel closed its doors.
In regards to the proximity to residential areas the airport might be a little too close. This is made evident with the curfew it must respect. Big jets are not allowed to take off between 12 pm and 6 am and can not land from 1 am until 7am.
In light of this, we can see that YUL was not meant to be the main airport in Montreal. The airport never expected to have such a large expansion and so is not truly appropriate for such a large airport. It is then appropriate to claim that YOW is better located then YUL in the long run.