It’s a milestone anniversary for Winnipeg’s MTS Centre as the home of the Winnipeg Jets marks its 10th year in business.
It was on November 16, 2004 that the $133.5 million arena opened up for the first event following construction on the site of the former Eaton’s department store downtown.
“True North’s full-time staff of 190 and part time-team of 800 are excited beyond words to celebrate the 10 years since MTS Centre opened its doors,” said Mark Chipman, executive chairman and governor of True North Sports & Entertainment and the Winnipeg Jets.
“The goal when opening MTS Centre was to enhance Winnipeg’s downtown by hosting premier sports and entertainment in a world-class facility. On a night where the Winnipeg Jets will play their 121st National Hockey League game at MTS Centre, we are proud to recognize the building’s rich history.”
Chipman, of course, is referring to tonight’s Jets game against the visiting New Jersey Devils.
Jets fans attending the game will receive a limited edition lithograph honouring MTS Centre’s 10th anniversary. Visitors to MTS Centre will also notice a tribute wall along the Hargrave walkway, commemorating some of the most memorable concert and hockey images from the past 10 years.
Construction on MTS Centre began on April 16, 2003, creating a 440,000-square-foot arena that would go on to bring approximately 9.8 million patrons through its doors since opening.
The arena has also hosted nearly 1,400 events, including hockey games, concerts and other entertainment events.