A home for Habs history
Fans of sports and music, people from the business and tourism community, and Montréalers generally will soon have the pleasure of discovering the new indoor and outdoor spaces of the Bell Centre, which are being redesigned and upgraded with an investment of $100 million over a period three years.
Modernizing the existing restaurants and the mechanical and stage facilities, transforming Avenue des Canadiens into a pedestrian street, and constructing
a spectacular glass covering for the entrance hall are some of the projects that will offer visitors an even better welcome to the centre.
The new Place des Canadiens, in the Cour Rio Tinto in front of the Bell Centre, was inaugurated at the opening of the 107th season of the Montréal Canadiens. Designed as a place to celebrate our shared cultural heritage, the square is a wonderful tribute to our national sport, to the athletes who play it, and to the fans who support it.
Four bronze statues of legendary Habs players (Howie Morenz, Maurice Richard,
Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur) have been given a prominent place, as have commemorative plaques bearing the names of the 18 players who have had their jersey retired, and of the 24 teams that have won the Stanley Cup. Other plaques narrate the 100 greatest moments in the history of Canadiens team. The walkway is composed of 20,000 bricks personalized with the names of supporters. Resonating with team history and resolutely contemporary in its design, Place des Canadiens will serve as a wonderful rallying point for Montréalers who share the same passion.
Thanks to the generosity of the Molson family, the Bell Centre can play an even greater transformative role in the development of Montréal’s downtown.