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Bell Centre

Opened:Mar. 16, 1996Home Team:Montreal Canadiens
Owner:Groupe CHCapacity:21,273
Location:1909 Canadiens-de-Montréal AvenueFormer Names:New Montreal Forum
Molson Centre

Bell Centre, formerly Molson Centre, is a multi-purpose arena in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Opened on Mar. 16, 1996, it is the home arena of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL), replacing the Montreal Forum. It is owned by the Molson family via the team’s ownership group Groupe CH and managed via Groupe CH subsidiary Evenko.

With a capacity of 21,105 in its hockey configuration, Bell Centre is the largest ice hockey arena in the world. Alongside hockey, Bell Centre has hosted major concerts and occasional mixed martial arts and professional wrestling events. Since it opened in 1996, it has consistently been listed as one of the world’s busiest arenas, usually receiving the highest attendance of any arena in Canada. In 2012, it was the fifth-busiest arena in the world based on ticket sales for non-sporting events.

Canadiens Banners Bell Centre
Canadiens’ banners are shown suspended in the ceiling of the Bell Centre. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

First Game

  • Mar. 16, 1996 – Canadiens vs. New York Rangers (4-2 win)

Notable Events

  • Stanley Cup Final – 2021
  • NHL All-Star Game – 2009
  • NHL Entry Draft – 2009, 2022
  • World Cup of Hockey – 1996
  • WWE Survivor Series – 1997
  • UFC 83, UFC 97, UFC 113, UFC 124, UFC 154, UFC 158