John Labatt Centre




The distinctive Victorian architecture of the Talbot Inn and many other buildings in downtown London formed the basis for the interpretation of the architecture of this 21st century sports and entertainment facility.

The 214,000 square foot project involved the design and construction of a 9,000-seat spectator venue for hockey and other sporting events (10,000 seats for concerts), with a future option for an additional community ice surface. The two-tier design accommodates thirty-eight (38) private suites, a restaurant that is open to the seating bowl, along with group hospitality suites that double as community meeting rooms. The street-level main concourse incorporates the hockey hall of fame exhibits, retail space, and a sports cafÈ, all with interior as well as street access. The structure was built on 200 concrete caissons. Designed similar to Toronto's Air Canada Centre, the upper bowl curtaining system allows for closing off of the upper deck when not in use. The NHL-size ice pad is home to the London Knights hockey team.

The Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships recognized the success of The John Labatt Centre project with their 2002 National Award for Innovation and Excellence in Public Private Partnerships that included the Gold Award for Project Financing. Partners included EllisDon Corporation, the City of London,
Stadium Consultants Inc. (Division of Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects), Global Spectrum (Division of Comcast Corporation) and Pacific and Western Bank of Canada.

'This is a true testament to the dedication of so many individuals who were responsible for this project. EllisDon is a wonderful partner and we're happy to accept the award along with them'

Peter Luukko, Comcast-Spectacor Ventures President and Global Spectrum Chairman.

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