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Scotiabank Arena

Our guide to Scotiabank Arena in Toronto 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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It stands to reason that Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, home of the Maple Leafs and Raptors, is one of the more important buildings in the North American pro sports landscape.

Here’s why: Toronto is considered the epicenter of professional hockey in North America, and it’s a well-deserved title. After all, the Hockey Hall of Fame is located there and the NHL has offices in the city (remember that whenever there’s a video review in an NHL game these days, it’s said that “Toronto is looking at it”). And, of course, the Maple Leafs are one of the league’s Original Six franchises.

With the presence of the Raptors, you can also say that Toronto is the epicenter of Canadian professional sports, since the Raptors are currently Canada’s only NBA franchise (the same is true of the Blue Jays and MLB). So with all that said, Scotiabank Arena is more than a worthy venue to visit.

And Toronto’s sports cred was on full display during the Raptors’ run to the 2019 NBA championship, with the streets and the “Jurassic Park” plaza overflowing with fans on playoff game nights.

Beyond that, though, Scotiabank Arena is an anchor building in one of the more fascinating cities to visit in North America, if not the whole world. It’s smack dab in the middle of downtown Toronto, right in the shadow of the CN Tower and on top of the always-busy Union Station. It often hosts major international events, such as the inaugural World Cup of Hockey. 

And Scotiabank Arena took on a new role in the summer of 2020 when Toronto was named a “hub city” for the NHL’s return to play. It is serving as the arena for Eastern Conference qualifiers as well as for the first and second rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Really, with all those qualities to it, it’s tough to turn down an opportunity to visit Scotiabank Arena. Here’s a guide to making the most of the experience.

For more on visiting Toronto, check out our Toronto sports travel guide.


Getting to Scotiabank Arena

Because of its downtown location, Scotiabank Arena (which moved on from its longtime name, Air Canada Centre, in 2018) is easy to access for any visitor to the city — and for many residents as well, thanks to numerous high-rise apartment buildings nearby and sprinkled throughout the central city. 

Walking is fairly simple thanks to Toronto’s street grid pattern. Look for either Yonge (pronounced young) Street, which runs north-south, or Front Street, which runs east-west — both are major streets which meet about two blocks away from the arena, right where the Hockey Hall of Fame is located.

From there, find signs for the arena, or failing that, for Union Station — if you’re on the north side of the station, you just have to pass through it to get to the venue on the other side.

Even if you find yourself in the throes of a harsh Canadian winter, Toronto has you covered. Use the city’s PATH walkway system to keep yourself underground and, more importantly, sheltered as you make your way down to the arena.

Toronto’s subway system is fairly simple to use for tourists and has a stop at Union Station, at the bottom of the “U” on the Yonge-University line, aka Line 1. Union Station is also a major stop for a number of regional train lines that can be used to reach the game from the city’s outskirts and beyond.

Parking at Scotiabank Arena

If you must drive, there are numerous parking garages and lots within easy walking distance of Scotiabank Arena. However, the only accessible parking garage that provides sheltered access to the arena is located one block away at 15 York Street.

The closer you get to Scotiabank Arena, the more you can expect to pay for parking — as high as C$35 for general event parking at some structures.

Scotiabank Arena does have its own garage, located underneath the building, but access to it for events is limited to suite holders and arena employees.

Toronto hotels near Scotiabank Arena

The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto – 0.2 miles away
Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto – 0.2 miles away
The Strathcona Hotel – 0.3 miles away
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Things to do around Scotiabank Arena

Unsurprisingly, the blocks surrounding Scotiabank Arena are dotted with restaurants, bars and restaurant-slash-bars that will happily cater to sports fans or patrons attending other events. In general, the closer to the arena the establishment is, the more crowded it will be prior to the game (and, likely, the pricier it will be as well). But even up to several blocks away, you can find good eating and drinking spots. 

If it’s your first time visiting Toronto, be sure to budget some time to see some of the sights near the arena. The CN Tower is just two blocks away, for example — while tickets to ascend the tower can be pricey depending on your budget, the views you can get from the observation deck are worth the trip. 

The CN Tower is part of a collection of attractions that includes the the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and the Toronto Railway Museum, as well as Rogers Centre, the home of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Of course, if you’re in town to see hockey, you must go visit the Hockey Hall of Fame, where you’re sure to see something pertaining to your favorite team. At the very least, go to get your photo taken with the Stanley Cup, a copy of which is usually on display during museum opening hours.

Don’t forget to check out another piece of Toronto hockey history about a mile away, at the corner of Church and Carlton streets. The Maple Leafs’ former home, Maple Leaf Gardens, still stands and now holds athletic facilities for a local university as well as a grocery store. Check out our Venues Past post on Maple Leaf Gardens for more on visiting the building.

Toronto restaurants near Scotiabank Arena

RS – Real Sports – pub, 0.1 miles away
The Fox on Bay – pub, 0.1 miles away
Miller Tavern on Bay – steakhouse, 0.1 miles away
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Watching a game at Scotiabank Arena

Despite the history of the Maple Leafs and the downtown Toronto location, Scotiabank Arena is really a run-of-the-mill events center in terms of layout, seating bowl and features. However, steps have been taken to improve the fan experience in recent years, and there’s plenty worth exploring.

Before entering, head just west of the arena to what’s known as Maple Leaf Square. This is the area that fills up with fans for both Maple Leafs and Raptors playoff games (the Raptors have taken to calling the area “Jurassic Park”). The fans are able to watch the game on the large screen on the arena’s facade.

Also in Maple Leaf Square is an elaborate Maple Leafs statue display called Legends Row, depicting some of the team’s greats such as Darryl Sittler, Syl Apps, Mats Sundin and Wendel Clark, as though they are all standing on the bench on in the same game.

Scotiabank Arena’s seating bowl is pretty standard as arenas go, with the exception of the ends, where several levels of suites are stacked on top of each other in place of what would normally be the cheap seats.

The lower rows of Scotiabank Arena’s 300 seating level don’t feel high up at all, so if you can stomach what would likely be high prices on the secondary market for a Maple Leafs game (and the Leafs are always a hot ticket in Toronto no matter how well they’re doing), splurge if you can. Be mindful, though, that some spots close to the suites at each end could come with obstructed views.

Food and drink at Scotiabank Arena

It’s hard NOT to find something good to eat or drink at the arena. Many Canadian standards are there, such as Tim Hortons, Mr. Sub and Pizza Pizza — all three have stands in one food court on the 100-level concourse. In addition, you can find items such as poutine, shwarma and grilled cheese sandwiches.

There’s also a brewpub, called the Real Sports Bar & Grill, within the arena, and another beer garden called the Draught Deck in between the 100 and 300 levels — two of many bar areas that can be found on the concourses.

In fact, if you’re ascending between Scotiabank Arena’s two main seating bowls above Gate 6, on the side facing Maple Leaf Square, you must pass through the Draught Deck in order to get from escalator to escalator. Just try to resist stopping and getting a cold one while you’re there.

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    The Particulars

    Home Teams
    Toronto Maple Leafs
    Toronto Raptors

    Address
    40 Bay St.
    Toronto, ON M5J 2X2

    Year Opened
    1999

    Capacity
    18,819 (hockey)
    19,300 (basketball)

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