FirstOntario Centre

Hamilton, ON - Arena

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FirstOntario Centre is one of North America's premier entertainment venues, housing a variety of spectacular concerts and sporting events each year. FirstOntario Centre varies dramatically in setting, from an ice rink to a basketball court to multi-level concert stages or a dirt-based surface for motor events. The venue is also a great venue to host award shows and large consumer trade shows, and is available for both still photo and video filming.

Venue Snapshot

Spectra Divisions

Venue Management

Location

101 York Blvd
Hamilton, ON L8R 3L4

Services Provided

  • Complete Venue Management Services

Venue Facts

  • FirstOntario Centre has a total of 117,000 square feet of exhibition space, and is suited to handle stage events ranging from an intimate concert bowl with seating for 4,000 to a full-scale entertainment event for 18,500 people
  • All seating and stage set-ups are flexible and can be adapted to meet various capacity requirements

Notable Events & Accomplishments

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"FirstOntario Centre has played host to the Canadian Country Music Association "Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Awards". The team at Spectra Venue Management was integral to our success. We relied heavily on their marketing expertise, operations, and ticketing in the local market to take our event to new heights. Everyone at Spectra and the city fully embraced our CCMA properties. They championed our events with such unwavering excitement and professionalism that there was never a doubt that our events would be anything but outstanding. Their commitment to our cause and delivering a next-level event for their community was inspiring and insightful. Every step of the way, our Spectra counterparts went above and beyond in their planning, execution, and follow-up. We are already looking forward to returning the city and working with this all-star team again in 2020." - Tracy Martin, President, Canadian Country Music Association

"This year marked the sixth time that the City of Hamilton has played host to the Canadian Country Music Association "Country Music Week and the CCMA Awards," and it was arguably our best year yet. The team at Spectra Venue Management was integral to our success. We relied heavily on their marketing expertise, operations, and ticketing in the local market to take our event to new heights. Everyone at Spectra and the city fully embraced our CCMA properties. They championed our events with such unwavering excitement and professionalism that there was never a doubt that our events would be anything but outstanding. Their commitment to our cause and delivering a next-level event for their community was inspiring and insightful. Every step of the way, our Spectra counterparts went above and beyond in their planning, execution, and follow-up. We are already looking forward to returning the city and working with this all-star team again in 2020." - Tracy Martin, President, Canadian Country Music Association

Tenants

  • The Hamilton Bulldogs of the OHL

  • Hamilton Honey Badgers of the CEBL

Notable Events Include

  • Awards Shows: 2015 Juno Awards, 2018 6th Annual HUM Awards, 2018 Canadian Country Music Association Awards

  • Elton John

  • Paul McCartney

  • Garth Brooks

  • BTS

  • BlackPInk

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • Green Day

  • Michelle Obama

  • Oprah Winfrey