Aviva Centre

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Aviva Centre
Aviva Centre logo.jpg
Rexall Centre York University Toronto.JPG
Aviva Centre is located in Toronto
Aviva Centre
Aviva Centre
Location in Toronto
Aviva Centre is located in Ontario
Aviva Centre
Aviva Centre
Location in Ontario
Aviva Centre is located in Canada
Aviva Centre
Aviva Centre
Location in Canada
Former namesRexall Centre (2004–2015)
Address1 Shoreham Drive
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates43°46′17.60″N 79°30′43.40″W / 43.7715556°N 79.5120556°W / 43.7715556; -79.5120556Coordinates: 43°46′17.60″N 79°30′43.40″W / 43.7715556°N 79.5120556°W / 43.7715556; -79.5120556
Public transitBSicon SUBWAY.svg TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Pioneer Village station
OwnerTennis Canada
Capacity12,500 (Stadium Court)
11,000–14,000 (concerts)
Field size28,240 m2
SurfaceHard, Outdoors
Construction costUSD $ 45 million
ArchitectRobbie Young & Wright Architects Inc.
Project managerO.P. McCarthy & Associates Inc.
Rogers Cup (Men)
(ATP 1000)
Rogers Cup (Women)
(WTA Premier 5)
2015 Pan American Games

Aviva Centre, formerly Rexall Centre, is a tennis stadium in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The 12,500-capacity Stadium Court is the largest stadium at the tennis complex. Aviva Centre is the venue for the Rogers Cup, a professional tournament on the ATP World Tour and WTA circuits, held annually; the Aviva Centre hosts the men's tournament in even-numbered years and the women's event in odd-numbered years, with the other gender's event held in Montreal in those years. The facility also is a year-round tennis training facility; the main stadium is occasionally used for seasonal concerts. Aviva Centre is located on the grounds of York University in North York, Toronto.


The exterior of the Aviva Centre.

Built in 2004, the main venue holds 12,500 spectators.[1] There are 11 other small courts next to the stadium. All twelve courts use the DecoTurf cushioned acrylic surface, the same surface as the US Open Grand Slam event; the stadium has 39 executive suites and two party suites.[2]

Aviva Centre is also the home of the Toronto offices of Tennis Canada and the Ontario Tennis Association; the grounds serve as the national and provincial tennis training centre year-round, offering 16 courts (eight of which are indoors). The stadium is also used for the staging of interuniversity competitions and practices and winter training. During the academic year, a discounted fee on indoor courts is offered to York students weekdays during daytime hours; this is the venue for York University's Convocation Ceremony every year.

The facility is located on the western edge of the York University campus, south-east of Jane Street and Steeles Avenue West, at the intersection of Shoreham Drive, and Pond Road. To the west of the facility are forested park lands along the Black Creek; the Saywell Woods and Stong Pond are located to the south and east of the facility.


A tennis match between Novak Djokovic and Bernard Tomic during the 2012 Canadian Open.

The stadium was built to replace the National Tennis Centre, which was demolished in 2003; the facility opened on July 26, 2004. The first match at the stadium was an opening round match between Andre Agassi and Tommy Haas attended by 10,500;[3] the Aviva Centre is one of two venues for the Canadian Open. The tennis tournament alternates venues year-to-year, between the Aviva Centre, and the IGA Stadium in Montreal.

In 2011, the stadium became the venue for the BlackCreek Summer Music Festival, a series of concerts of jazz, opera, popular and symphonic music.[4]

In 2014, the venue was named as the host of the tennis events at the 2015 Pan American Games.[5] In 2017, the Aviva Centre hosted the opening ceremonies for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games.

Mystery tunnel[edit]

In February 2015, Toronto Police Service announced the discovery of a "mystery" tunnel located a few hundred metres from the facility, a story which later became viral,[6][7] it was later revealed to be a "man cave." The two men in their mid-20s who excavated the cave had no criminal intent and are not affiliated with York University, Rexall Centre (as it was then called), or the Pan Am Games.[8] The Toronto Sun identified one of the men as 22-year-old Elton McDonald, he faced an $800 fine instead of receiving a criminal record. McDonald's employer said that he borrowed and lost his tools used to dig the tunnel.[9]


The facility is located on Shoreham Road, which connects to Jane Street, just south of Steeles Avenue. There are an estimated 7,000 parking spaces in the vicinity.[4] Pioneer Village subway station is situated a short walk from the stadium, or transit users can take the 106 Sentinel bus between the stadium and the subway station.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Stadium". Tennis Canada. Archived from the original on 7 March 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2009.
  2. ^ "Executive Suites". Tennis Canada. Archived from the original on October 1, 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  3. ^ "Agassi recovers for win after dropping first set". ESPN. July 27, 2004. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "About Us". BlackCreek Summer Music Festival. Archived from the original on August 17, 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  5. ^ Anderson, Gary (27 August 2014). "Rexall Centre announced as host venue for Toronto 2015 tennis competition". Inside the Games. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  6. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/mystery-tunnel-discovered-near-pan-am-games-venue-1.2968367
  7. ^ https://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2015/02/24/toronto-police-seek-public-help-with-mystery-tunnel-near-york-university.html
  8. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-tunnel-dug-by-2-men-as-man-cave-police-say-1.2978109
  9. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/elton-mcdonald-toronto-tunneller-discussed-selling-story-boss-says-1.2983440

External links[edit]

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