HALIFAX - The Halifax Metro Centre is getting a new name â and with it, new seating, new bathrooms, new ice, and new concession facilities.
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Halifax Metro Centre
Scotiabank has been revealed as the Metro Centreâs new title sponsor, which means the facility will be known as the Scotiabank Centre once the deal is finalized this fall.
Although the bank â which was founded in Halifax 180 years ago â has sponsored other Canadian rinks, the Atlantic region senior vice-president said this deal is different.
âThis is more about reinvesting in the community itself in terms of something thatâs owned by the municipality and isnât dedicated to one particular event,â said Craig Thompson.
The most significant âcorporate partnershipâ in the Metro Centreâs history will pay $650,000 per year with a three per cent escalator for a total payout of more than $7 million over 10 years.
âThis partnership will allow us to build on the legacy shaped over 35 years,â said Mayor Mike Savage. âThanks to Scotiabank, weâll be able to update key areas of this facility and make your experience at Metro Centre even better than it is today.â
Ferguson said Metro Centre users identified the seating, concession area and washrooms as areas most in need of upgrades.
âWeâre going to see a facelift for the Metro Centre,â he said. âWeâre very, very excited about the improvements.â
Ferguson said the three-year upgrade plan â which will cost roughly $5.7 million â will begin with the expansion of the concession area this fall. Replacing the seats with the âmost modern, most comfortableâ seats on the market will be done in phases starting next summer.
HRM issued a request for proposals last November. The financial contribution made up 60 per cent of the final score, but âcommunity fitâ and financial sustainability were also considered.
âScotiabank hit it out of the park âŠ and came out top in every one of those categories,â said Ferguson.
A new sign will go up on the Metro Centre this fall â but Thompson acknowledged it will take the public âa whileâ to get used to the new name.
âYouâll see it on ticket stubs, youâll see it with the ushers and their aprons, youâll see the signage,â he said. âSo weâre confident that over a period of time, itâll be second nature to call it the Scotiabank Centre.â