Bell MTS Place

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Bell MTS Place
The Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg
The Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg
Earlier names

True North Center (planning / construction phase)
MTS Center (2004–2017)

place 300 Portage Avenue Winnipeg , Manitoba , Canada
Coordinates 49 ° 53 '33.4 "  N , 97 ° 8' 37.4"  W Coordinates: 49 ° 53 '33.4 "  N , 97 ° 8' 37.4"  W.
owner True North Sports & Entertainment
operator True North Sports & Entertainment
start of building April 2003
opening November 16, 2004
Renovations 2015
surface Parquet
ice surface
costs 133500000 CAD
architect Sink Combs Dethlefs
Number TEN Architectural Group
Smith Carter
capacity 15,294 seats (ice hockey)
13,198 seats (rodeo / motocross)
16,170 seats (concert, final stage)
16,345 (concert, central stage)
2,200 to 8,097 seats (concert bowl)

The Bell MTS Place (until 2017: MTS Center ) is a multifunctional arena in the center of the Canadian city ​​of Winnipeg , Manitoba Province . The hall stands where Canada's largest department store of the Eaton’s department store chain was formerly from 1899. Eaton's went in 1999 to the bankruptcy and the house was evacuated late 2011th Bell MTS Place is owned by the investor group True North Sports & Entertainment Limited . The construction costs amounted to 133.5 million CAD , the area amounts to 41,000 .


The arena was opened on November 16, 2004 and replaced the now demolished Winnipeg Arena . The arena can accommodate 15,004 spectators for ice hockey games and up to 16,345 people for concerts. During the planning and construction phase, the arena was called “True North Center”. Upon completion, telecommunications company Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) acquired the naming rights for $ 7 million . The contract has a term of ten years.

The MTS Center was the home of the Manitoba Moose ice hockey team from the American Hockey League from 2004 to 2011 . It was also the site of a preseason game between the Toronto Raptors basketball team and the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA . Furthermore, the Juno Awards honoring Canadian musicians and the AHL All-Star Classic 2006 were held at the MTS Center.

In April 2007, the MTS Center , the Women's Hockey World Cup held. Since the NHL season 2011/12 the arena is home to the NHL - Franchise Winnipeg Jets . After four years in St. John's , the Manitoba Moose returned to the arena for the 2015/16 season and play their home games there again.

As announced in January 2014, the MTS Center is to be modernized according to the True North 2020 plan by 2020 through structural measures worth CAD 20 to 30 million.

In January 2015, True North Sports & Entertainment announced plans for renovation work that was carried out in the summer of 2015. The hall received a new video cube . The new cube is two and a half times larger than the previous video cube. In addition, the image resolution is ten times higher than before. Furthermore, 278 premium seats were installed in the upper tier in the area of ​​the first row of the 300 level , increasing the capacity to 15,294 seats. A new safety glazing in the 300 level should improve the view of the playing field. In addition to the establishment of a new television control room, the MTS Center received a new sound system . In addition, the hall was equipped with new cameras thanks to the high-resolution screens of the video cube. The cost was $ 12 million.

Following the acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services by Bell Canada , the arena was renamed from MTS Center to Bell MTS Place in May 2017 .


Web links

Commons : Bell MTS Place  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. Multi-million-dollar upgrade coming to MTS Center article from January 14, 2014 (English)
  3. MTS Center scores $ 12M in upgrades article from January 26, 2015 (English)
  4. True North Unveils MTS Center Building Enhancements for Summer 2015 Article from January 26, 2015 (English)
  5. MTS Center, Iceplex renamed Following Bell takeover of MTS., May 30, 2017, accessed June 24, 2017 .