Hosted K-POP group BlackPink for a sold-out show at FirstOntario Centre. This was the only Canadian date on their first North American tour (this was booked because of the success of 3 sold out BTS shows in 2018); Had record-breaking sales of Disney on Ice and Monster Jam; From 2020 - FirstOntario Centre was converted to an surge shelter for Hamilton's homeless to help provide COVID required distancing that the other shelters could not provide.
2019 was the first season of First Ontario Centre's new Canadian professional basketball team - The Hamilton Honey Badgers, who play as part of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL).
Since taking management of the three core entertainment venues in 2013, Spectra has saved the city of Hamilton $3 million in operational savings. - in 2013 Spectra in partnership with Front Row Marketing purchased a daktronics led ribbon for FirstOntario Centre - From 2017- 2021 - Spectra has worked with the city of Hamilton to replace all the escalators (4) and elevators (2 passenger, 1 freight) The project was completed this year. - Notable events - in 2015 the venue hosted the Juno Awards (Canadian version of the grammys and the world synschronized skating championships, in 2016 we host 5 sold out Garth Brooks shows, in 2018 hosted 3 sold out BTS shows (only Canadian date) and the CCMA Awards (Canadian version of the CMA awards) - it is returning again in 2023 because of the success of the event.