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Bell MTS Place

Our guide to Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg includes information on events, tickets, parking, public transportation, nearby hotels and restaurants, seating and more. Read on to find out how to get the most out of your gameday experience.

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Bell MTS Place is one of the smallest arenas in the NHL capacity-wise, but fans of the hometown Winnipeg Jets probably don’t care.

It’s been a few years since the league returned after nearly 20 years away with the relocation of the former Atlanta Thrashers, but it’s hard to tell if the love affair has worn off. Tickets to a Jets home game remain one of the toughest to get in hockey.

When the team finally returned to the playoffs in 2015, the familiar “White-Out” that greeted the team in past playoff runs came back with it. And when Winnipeg advanced all the way to the Western Conference finals in 2018, the fervor that accompanied home games at Bell MTS Place provided a glimpse of what things could be like if the team finally captures the Stanley Cup.

Whether the team makes the playoffs or not, the team’s barn in the heart of downtown has an atmosphere any NHL fan should check out. If anything, the curiosity of checking out a city that is largely unknown if not for sports for people outside Canada would make it a journey worth experiencing.


Getting to Bell MTS Place

While Winnipeg itself isn’t an easy place to get to considering its somewhat isolated spot in the Canadian Prairies — at least if you’re coming from the United States — Bell MTS Place is easy to find once you arrive. It’s located downtown along its most well-known street, Portage Avenue. It’s also just a few blocks away from the city’s most well-known intersection, Portage and Main.

The arena itself doesn’t have as prominent a profile as you’d expect, and it it weren’t for the Winnipeg Jets paraphernalia decorating it, it’s actually pretty easy to not notice it or think it’s just another downtown building.

If you’re a visitor to “the Peg,” you’re very likely staying downtown and thus you’ll probably find it easiest to walk to the arena. The exception to this would be is if it’s the dead of winter, which is notoriously harsh on Winnipeg, in which case you’ll want to try and take advantage of the city’s network of underground and above-ground walkways as much as possible to access the arena. The arena itself is connected on three sides to buildings across Hargrave, Graham and Donald streets.

Parking at Bell MTS Place

Drivers can find many lots and structures downtown, including several within close proximity to Bell MTS Place and a few attached to the underground walkway system.

The closest parkade for Bell MTS Place events is at True North Square, located just to the south (entrance on Hargrave Street), which offers a C$15 flat rate for Jets games and is attached to the arena via a pedestrian walkway. 

The arena estimates that there are 7,000 parking spaces within a five-minute walk of Bell MTS Place. A detailed map of parking options around downtown Winnipeg can be found here.

Winnipeg hotels near Bell MTS Place

Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown – 0.2 miles away
Alt Hotel Winnipeg – 0.2 miles away
Delta Hotels by Marriott Winnipeg – 0.2 miles away
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Things to do around Bell MTS Place

Given Bell MTS Place’s prime location downtown, there are many options for pregame eating and drinking. One is attached to the arena — Moxie’s Grill and Bar, a Canadian chain. Lots of downtown restaurants and pubs are good for watching Jets home games if you don’t have tickets to go inside the arena.

If you’re not Canadian, don’t be shy about trying one of the chains nearby, as the experience will likely be new to you. Some of the chains within a few blocks of Bell MTS Place include Boston Pizza and The Keg.

Another option, weather permitting, is the market at The Forks, considered Winnipeg’s central meeting place and a straight shot down Portage Avenue from the arena.

It goes without saying that during harsh winter evenings, you won’t find many people roaming the streets of Winnipeg prior to Bell MTS Place events. However, many of the more popular establishments will be plenty busy as people stay out of the cold for as long as they can.

Winnipeg restaurants near Bell MTS Place

Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Canadian, 0.0 miles away
The Merchant Kitchen – pub, 0.1 miles away
Browns Socialhouse – pub, 0.1 miles away
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Watching a game at Bell MTS Place

During our visit in January, it was cold out but not bitterly so, and our hotel was two blocks away, so we decided to walk outside. It wasn’t too bad, but know that as puck drop gets closer, the entrance atriums — including the “main” one at the corner of Portage and Donald — get crowded and you might get caught waiting outside for a bit as the lines to get in get longer.

With a brick exterior and circular atrium at its main entrance point, Bell MTS Place appears to blend in well with the buildings surrounding it. If you enter at this point, you’ll pass the turnstiles and then climb up a set of stairs to reach the main concourse level, where the Winnipeg Jets team store, a bar and more await. The mood lighting, in Jets blue, covers much of this area and provides an interesting touch to the atmosphere.

Once inside Bell MTS Place, it’s cozy but not tight, not surprising given the size of the arena, and the seating bowl is pretty standard-issue for a hockey venue. Thanks to its relatively small size, even the uppermost seats don’t feel too far removed from the ice. Our seats were about 10 rows up in the upper deck, behind one of the nets, and we could see the entire rink without issue.

The Jets added a new high-definition video board above center ice for the 2015-16 season, as part of a rolling set of renovations planned for coming seasons. New railings and glass panes added to the aisles in Bell MTS Place’s upper seating bowl caused fans to complain about obstructed views, which the team has promised to address.

Food and drink at Bell MTS Place

Concessions options at the arena include the presence of several chains, including Tim Hortons and Pizza Pizza, throughout the concourses. A hot chocolate and a box of Timbits seemed like popular options among the fans on the night we visited, based on the red cups we saw around Bell MTS Place’s seating bowl.

One item worth trying is the Jumbo Jet Dog, an eight-inch wiener that comes with a selection of toppings such as bacon bits, chili and even pierogies. Look for the Jumbo Jet Dog stands at all levels.

There’s also a sit-down restaurant on the event level called the Exchange Restaurant and Beer Market, open during Jets games and all other Bell MTS Place events. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance, and the restaurant is accessible only after guests have passed through the turnstiles.

Bell MTS Place’s management company recently chose to drop prices on some of its concession items, including domestic draft (C$7.50) and canned beers (C$7.00). While Anheuser-Busch brands are widely available, including options from Mill Street Brewery, based in Toronto.

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    The Particulars

    Home Teams
    Winnipeg Jets

    Address
    300 Portage Ave.
    Winnipeg, MB R3C 5S4

    Year Opened
    2004

    Capacity
    15,004

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