Scotiabank Arena has completed the first piece of an extensive $350 million renovation of the Toronto facility that turns 25 years old in February, the centerpiece of which is the new Mastercard Lounge.

Four years after Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Toronto arena and its tenants, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Raptors, formed a master plan for upgrading the 19,800-seat venue, the first phase of a multiyear project opened last week for preseason hockey and two concerts by Drake, the Raptors’ goodwill ambassador. 

In Toronto, MLSE hired Canadian firms Brisbin Brook Beynon and PCL Construction, the arena’s original architect and builder, to reprise their roles for the renovation. CAA ICON, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, as the owner’s representative. Sports & the Arts, based in Southern California, helped curate the arena’s new arena art program that’s part of phase one, showcasing 34 artists and a total of 76 pieces of art.

The first phase of what could ultimately turn into a five-phase project to bring one of the world’s busiest arenas up to date focused on creating new premium spaces and rebuilding existing suites across the 200 level.

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