- Address: 40 Bay Street, Toronto
- Country: Canada
- Capacity: 19,000
- Opened: 19 February 1999
- Main use: Basketball, ice hockey
- Tenants: Toronto Maple Leafs (ice hockey), Toronto Raptors (basketball)
Extra stadium info – Scotiabank Arena
The construction of the arena, which opened as the Air Canada Centre, started in 1997. The Scotiabank Arena became a venue for several events, like basketball, box lacrosse, concerts, esports, ice hockey, indoor American football, mixed martial arts, monster truck events and political events. In 2002, the Scotiabank Arena hosted its first concert of Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, the first person with 100 million followers on his or her main social media page. She was born in the Colombian city of Barranquilla in 1977. In the 1990s, Shakira became a famous artist.
The Maple Leafs and the Raptors
The Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League and the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association use the Scotiabank Arena for home games. The Toronto Raptors basketball club became the first of the two clubs with 1 million followers on its main social media page. Shortly afterwards, the Toronto Maple Leafs ice hockey club became the second one.
Stanley Cup titles
The Maple Leafs won various Stanley Cup titles. In the 1940s, they won the Stanley Cup five times. It was the most successful decade of the 20th century for the Toronto Maple Leafs. In the 1940s, the Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings from Michigan four times in the championship series of the NHL. The Toronto Maple Leafs won four Stanley Cup titles in the 1960s. They won two of those titles after beating the Red Wings.
The Raptors were crowned NBA champions in 2019 for the first time in their history. They won the title after beating the Golden State Warriors from California in the championship round. The championship round consisted of six games. The first of those six games took place at the Scotiabank Arena in front of 19,000 fans. The Raptors won the match against the Warriors 118-109. They won three more matches in the championship round.