PM-Sports-Air Canada Centre East Retractable Seating

Air Canada Centre East Retractable Seating

2.5.8 East Retracks

The Project

The Air Canada Centre is a multi-use NHL/NBA arena constructed in 1996. The facility handles, on average, over 200 day-events per year. The facility required a transformation of its lower arena seating to best suit specific events. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the owner of the Air Canada Centre, took the bold step of being the first NHL/NBA arena in North America to install a variable rise system that automatically adjusts the seating row heights to provide optimum placement for various event configurations.

 

Our Role

  • Provided preliminary budgets and financial pro-formas for proposed upgrades
  • Assisted with managing the transition of existing seat license holders from the old arrangement to the new seating configuration
  • Negotiated design-build agreements
  • Monitored construction and commissioning
  • Cost control and reporting

Our Key Accomplishments

  • Completed project within a very tight and defined construction schedule. The Air Canada Centre had to be shut down for 12 weeks to complete the work, and events were pre-sold for the day following the project delivery date well in advance
  • Minimize the “change” to existing seat license holders from the old seating configuration to the new seating configuration
  • Delivered the project 15% below the target cost. Savings were achieved by smart purchasing and the development of a tight set of concept documents