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Scotiabank Place vs Bell Center

October 21, 2010

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 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 gives it a 63.5 losing points on concessions and architecture.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Nichols permalink
    October 30, 2010 00:22

    @LeCardinalRouge: Any proper comparison between the two arenas should say when the Canadiens play, one arena is completely full of douchebags and the other is only half full of douchebags.

  2. Antoine Bérubé permalink
    November 1, 2010 19:57

    “Le cardinal rouge”

    Est-ce que tu as vu un cardinal qui n’était pas rouge? Sounds made up… sounds like a pléonasme…

    • Jacinthe Scato permalink
      November 1, 2010 20:05

      Monsieur Bérubé,

      C’est facile de s’attaquer à la forme lorsqu’on n’a aucun contenu… Pourquoi perdre votre temps à vous attardé sur un détail quand toute une panoplie de merveille s’offre à vous par ce site.

      Personnellement, j’ai le Cardinal rouge tatoué sur le cœur…

      • Antoine Bérubé permalink
        November 1, 2010 20:12

        “Attardé”? Vous croyez que je suis “attardé”?

        Peut-être un peu, parce que je ne peux m’empêcher de “m’attarder” sur le fait que vous avez oublié un “s” à “merveille”. Vous parliez bien d’une… panoplie, n’est-ce pas… de merveilles?

        Pauvre innocente… Apprenez à écrire !

      • Antoine Bérubé permalink
        November 1, 2010 20:15

        Vous avez aussi mal conjugé “attarder” soit dit en passant…

  3. Antoine Bérubé permalink
    November 1, 2010 20:17

    Vous êtes lamentable Madame Scato(philie)…

    • Alexandra Campeau permalink
      November 9, 2010 00:12

      En effet, vous êtes “attardé”! Vous souffrez de schizophrénie…

  4. November 1, 2010 23:02

    La femelle n’est pas rouge, elle est plutôt grise.

    • Antoine Bérubé permalink
      November 11, 2010 13:30

      En tout cas, ta femelle écrit des choses grises sur ton blogue…

  5. November 11, 2010 21:44

    SVP respectez le sujet, qui est une comparaison sur deux amphithéâtres. Merci de votre coopération et de votre collaboration.

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