The arena is built into the ground to compensate for the steep elevation of the land it occupies. One can see cars at street level, outside, while watching an event. It is sometimes referred to as the "MC". In recent years there has been some talk of a possible new, larger arena to be built sometime in the next few years. It would likely have a seating capacity of over 15,000 for hockey games. In December 2007, an Ozzy Osbourne concert sold out in nine minutes, setting a box office ticket record for the Metro Centre. In July 2008, the Metro Centre also set a record sell-out (25,000 tickets sold in forty minutes), for two back-to-back Elton John concerts held in late September 2008.

Notable events
  • 1978 ”“ Gordon Lightfoot, first opening concert.
  • 1979 ”“ Billy Graham Crusade.
  • 1979 ”“ The first ever Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.
  • 1981, 1995, 2003 Briers Canadian Men's Curling Championship.
  • 1990 ”“ World Figure Skating Championships.
  • 1992 ”“ Scott Tournament of Hearts.
  • 1992 ”“ WBL World Basketball League All-Star game.
  • 1993 ”“ WWE Wrestling Superstars television taping.
  • 1993 ”“ NHL regular season, neutral site game. New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils.
  • 1994 ”“ NHL regular season, neutral site game. New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals.
  • 1995 ”“ 21st G7 Summit (media centre).
  • 1995 ”“ 1995 NBA Basketball Exhibition (first Toronto Raptors game in Canada vs. Philadelphia 76ers).
  • 1996 ”“ Garth Brooks (three sold out shows)
  • 1997 ”“ Live WWE Wrestling Raw (television taping).
  • 2000 ”“ CHL Memorial Cup.
  • 2003 ”“ IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.
  • 2003 ”“ Live WWE Wrestling Raw and Smackdown (television tapings).
  • 2004 ”“ Franklin Graham East Coast Festival
  • 2004 ”“ IIHF Women's World Ice Hockey Championships.
  • 2004 ”“ FIBA Under 21 Tournament of the Americas.
  • 2005 ”“ Canadian Olympic Curling Trials ("Roar of the Rings").
  • 2006 ”“ Juno Awards
  • 2006 ”“ Bill Clinton
  • 2007 ”“ American Basketball Association All-Star game.
  • 2007 ”“ World Indoor Lacrosse Championship
  • 2007 ”“ CIS University Men's Basketball Championship (last time after a twenty-four year run at Metro Centre).
  • 2008 ”“ Ozzy Osbourne (two sold out shows).
  • 2008 ”“ IIHF Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.
  • 2008 ”“ Elton John (two sold out shows)
  • 2009 ”“ WWE Raw live event (not taped)
  • 2010 Tim Hortons Brier Canadian Men's Curling Championships.
  • 2011 Canada Winter Games
  • annual Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo (since 1979).
  • numerous AUAA / AUS Men's Basketball Tournaments.
  • numerous AUAA Men's Hockey All-Star Games (mid 1990s).
  • numerous boxing cards.
  • numerous Canadian Figure Skating Championships.
  • numerous CIAU / CIS Men's Basketball Tournaments.
  • numerous Harlem Globetrotter games.
  • numerous NBA and NHL preseason games, including the first Toronto Raptors preseason game in their history.
  • numerous NHL old-timers games.
  • numerous Skate Canada events.
  • numerous Team Canada basketball and hockey games.
  • numerous World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) events, including television programming tapings.
  • numerous East Coast Music Awards
  • some scenes from the Trailer Park Boys episode " Closer to the Heart", were shot here.


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