Air Canada Centre to welcome 20 millionth guest

    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - Air Canada Centre will welcome its 20 millionth
guest on Wednesday, March 7 when the Toronto Raptors host the Memphis
    One lucky fan attending the game has an opportunity to win a number of
great prizes including an instant upgrade to courtside seats, tickets to
future Raptors games, a pair of tickets to an upcoming Maple Leafs game, a
32-inch Sony television and a one-of-a-kind autographed Chris Bosh All-Star
jersey and much more.
    Fans looking to etch their name in Air Canada Centre's history can visit to buy tickets to the game.
    In its eighth year, Air Canada Centre remains one of the world's premier
sports and entertainment venues hosting more than three million guests
    Since opening in 1999, the arena has attracted top entertainment acts
from around the world from U2 to Madonna to Barbra Streisand, as well as
hosted events such as the World Cup of Hockey 2004 and Microsoft's global
    Air Canada Centre has consistently remained among the top arenas in the
world recognized with more than 20 industry awards that range from Canadian
Major Facility of the Year (multiple times), the U.S. based Facilities & Event
Management Magazine's Prime Site Award, the Wine Spectator, VQA Restaurant and
the International (Diamond Wine Award) Awards of Excellence, and Tourism
Toronto's Jeff Adams Access Award of Excellence for the facility's
    In 2006, Air Canada Centre was ranked number two, three and four by
Pollstar, Billboard Magazine and Venues Today respectively in gross concert
ticket revenue in the world.
    Over the next few years, Air Canada Centre's West Plaza will also be a
buzz with activity as construction begins on a west side arena expansion.
Construction will be completed in time for the venue's 10th anniversary which
includes new entry points into the building, an expanded retail area, and more
concession stands as well as a new multi-level concourse.
    Air Canada Centre will also connect to Maple Leaf Square, a privately
funded half a billion dollar sports and entertainment development that's
presently under construction.
    Each year more than $7 million is invested in upgrading Air Canada Centre
to meet the arena's long-term plan to be positioned as a premier venue. Leafs
TV and Raptors NBA TV open broadcast studio at Gate 1, the addition of
multiple LED (Light Emitting Diode) screens with brighter colours, resolution
and graphics situated throughout the bowl and diverse concession food
offerings are just some of the upgrades that have helped enhance the fan
entertainment experience.
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For further information:

For further information: Rajani Kamath, Maple Leaf Sports &
Entertainment, (416) 815-5790

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