Place Bell (Laval, Quebec)

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Place Bell
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Location Laval, Quebec
Coordinates 45°33′21″N 73°43′18″W / 45.5558°N 73.7218°W / 45.5558; -73.7218Coordinates: 45°33′21″N 73°43′18″W / 45.5558°N 73.7218°W / 45.5558; -73.7218
Public transit Montreal Metro Orange Line (Montmorency)
Owner City of Laval
Operator Evenko
Capacity 10,000 (main arena)
Construction
Opened 2017
Construction cost $200 million
Architect Lemay
Tenants
Laval Rocket (AHL) (2017–present)
Website
Official Website

Place Bell is a multi-purpose sports facility in Laval, Quebec, Canada. It includes a 10,000 seat main arena which is the home of the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League and two smaller community ice rinks, one featuring Olympic size ice.

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The former mayor of Laval, Gilles Vaillancourt, announced the project on February 13, 2012,[1][2] the facility is managed by Evenko, the same company that operates the Bell Centre in Montreal, home of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League. As in the case of the Bell Centre, the naming rights for the Laval arena were acquired by Bell Canada,[3] the cost of the project roughly doubled since it was first announced. Originally announced by Vaillancourt in 2012 to cost $92.6 million, the estimate was revised less than a year later to $150 million. In March 2014, Laval's new mayor Marc Demers estimated that the cost of Place Bell would double to $200 million, because of costs not factored by the previous administration, the Government of Quebec committed to contributing $46 million; Demers asked that the province assume more of the costs, as it did for other arena projects.[4][5]

Place Bell during a Laval Rocket game against the Syracuse Crunch.

Initial plans called for the arena to be built in the city's Quartier de l'Agora district, next to the Laval courthouse, but the unstable soil in that location led to a move; in October 2012, the city announced that the project would be located adjacent to the Montmorency station of the Montreal Metro Orange Line.

Construction started in late 2014 and was completed in 2017.[6][7]

On 11 July 2016, the Montreal Canadiens announced it would relocate its American Hockey League affiliate, then known as the St. John's IceCaps, to Place Bell in 2017.[8] On 8 September 2016, the Canadiens announced the team would be named the Laval Rocket.[9]

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