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Meridian Centre ready to entertain

Posted on Saturday October 11, 2014

On time, on budget and open.

Mayor Brian McMullan officially opened the Meridian Centre Saturday morning at a public ceremony attended by representatives from Meridian, Ball-Rankin Construction, SMG, the Niagara IceDogs and the City of St. Catharines. The opening ceremony took place exactly twenty months after pile driving work began to create the foundation for the new downtown spectator facility.

“Today, we open the doors to our new Meridian Centre and welcome everyone to the very heart of our city for this momentous occasion and community celebration,” said Mayor Brian McMullan. “This is truly history in the making as we are confident the centre will bring high-calibre performances and thrilling sporting events to our community which will have a positive impact on the local and regional economy. I want to congratulate our team for ensuring this important investment was built on time and on budget.”

Mayor McMullan was joined for the official ribbon cutting by Bill Maurin, President and CEO of Meridian Credit Union, MPP Jim Bradley, Tom Rankin, CEO of Rankin Construction, IceDogs owner Bill Burke and Ken Noakes, General Manager of the Meridian Centre.

“Meridian is proud to have our name attached to this exceptional facility that will bring residents of the Niagara community together in celebration for years to come,” said Bill Maurin, Meridian President and CEO. “As an organization founded on co-operative principles, Meridian is committed to fostering prosperous and resilient communities and our investment in this facility underscores our commitment to the City’s revitalization efforts.”

The opening ceremony featured a time lapse video created by local design firm the Brain Farm showing the evolution of the Meridian Centre from groundbreaking to completion. The video can be viewed at www.stcatharines.ca/MeridianCentre

After the opening ceremony residents toured the Meridian Centre to get an up-close and personal look at the new facility. Attendees were able to visit dressing rooms, suites, lounges and even kitchens as part of a behind-the-scenes look at the venue.
Residents unable to attend the Oct. 11 event can tour the Meridian Centre on Tuesday,

Oct. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. Visitors are asked to use the Rankin Gateway, the pedestrian bridge closest to James Street, to access the facility.

The grand opening festivities continue on Oct. 16 when the Niagara IceDogs take to the ice for their first home game, followed by City and Colour headlining the Meridian Centre’s grand opening concert on Oct. 21.

The Meridian Centre can accommodate 6,000 people for concerts and 5,000 for hockey games. Street-level access to the facility is available through two pedestrian bridges connected to St. Paul Street. The Meridian Centre is located at One IceDogs Way, in the area formerly known as the lower level parking lot. The facility, with a total project budget of $52.5 million, will be able to host a range of entertainment event offerings, including OHL hockey, concerts, family shows and entertainment spectacles. The Meridian Centre is owned by the City of St. Catharines and operated by facility management firm SMG.

 

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