There are a lot of big venues in the Niagara region, from the 1500-seat Ballroom Theatre at Fallsview Casino to the New York-based Rapids Theatre with its 2400-seat capacity. Now a brand new, state of the art 5300-seat arena at the Meridian Centre has come along to host large scale concerts, comedy shows, and sporting events.
The Meridian Centre is a sports venue first and foremost, being the home rink for the Niagara IceDogs and a regular host of Ontario Hockey League matches. The venue was designed to be more than just a hockey rink – it’s a multi-purpose centre that’s able to accommodate concerts, conventions, family shows and other sports matches (like the occasional wrestling bout) – and much more besides.
The Meridian Centre is in St Catharines, 20 minutes of easy highway driving from Niagara Falls. It’s still a very new venue, having only been completed in its current form at the end of 2014. Its high capacity seating, which can be boosted to 6000 seats for concerts, is designed for major acts. Regulars can also become Club Lounge members for the VIP experience, with all the perks like in-seat service at the hosted sporting events and concerts.
In winter the venue is primarily reserved for hockey matches, until the conclusion of the playoffs in March/April. After that, the Meridian calendar becomes a smorgasbord of events. The summer season in 2015 kicked off in earnest with a one-night performance with the incomparable Jerry Seinfeld in early May. Around the same time the venue is also hosting a major monster truck tour event and an adults-only party to kick off Pride Week. Earlier in 2015, other events navigated around Playoff Season including a firefighters’ charity fashion show for a strictly ladies-night occasion.
Being only twenty minutes’ drive from the heart of Niagara Falls, the Meridian Centre is both close, easy to reach and an attractive venue for a big night out. Catering for sports enthusiasts and concert-goers, the Meridian Centre is committed to bringing the biggest stars to the Niagara Region.
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