Centre Bell (formerly known as Centre Molson) has been the home of the Montreal Canadians since March 16, 1996.
Construction of the state of the art arena began on June 22, 1993. The name of the arena was changed to Centre Bell in September 2002 after Bell Canada acquired the naming rights.
The building covers an area of 15,680 square metres (168,778 sq.ft). It is located in downtown Montreal, and connected to the subway and underground city. The Lucien L’Allier commuter train station is incorporated into the building. It is the largest amphitheatre in the NHL with a seating capacity of 21,273, and can be converted into different configurations:
- amphitheatre (10,000 to 14,000 seats),
- theatre (5,000 to 9, 000 seats) and
- hemicycle (2,000 to 3,500 seats).
In addition to hockey, Centre Bell also hosts a number of other events throughout the year including concerts and sporting events.
During construction of Centre Molson, schedule and cost overruns were encountered.
Revay and Associates was mandated by legal counsel to prepare a schedule analysis and analyse the quantum of the claim prepared by the contractor.