The John Labatt Centre is
a multi-purpose facility whose focus is on both entertainment
and sports - the largest such centre in southwestern Ontario.
The facility is an arena which plays host to many different
sporting events such as hockey, basketball, ice skating and
wrestling, as well as entertainment, including concerts, theatre
and monster truck shows. The John Labatt Centre opened in
downtown London, Ontario on October 11, 2002 and will be one
of the catalysts in the redevelopment of London’s downtown.
The facility seats 9,090 for hockey and ice events and over
10,000 for concerts, family shows and other events. The facility
has 1,100 premium club seats, 38 private luxury suites and
5 Group Sales Suites. The John Labatt Centre has several unique
- It has been constructed in the heart of downtown London
and its exterior design incorporates a replica of the
facade of the old Talbot Inn, a 19th Century Inn with
that of a "state-of-the-art" entertainment
and sports facility. Original bricks from the old Talbot
Inn were used in The Talbot Restaurant located on Level
200 in the John Labatt Centre.
- In addition to having the ability to accommodate both
End and Centre-Stage productions, the facility has been
designed to accommodate touring Broadway shows. The
theatre setting has the ability to seat 2800 people,
and has 3 levels of seating including The Talbot Restaurant,
and is complete with a 30 line fly grid to suspend scenery
or lighting and sound.
- The facility has been designed to exceed the Ontario
Building Code requirements for accessibility. There
is accessible seating on every level.
facility exceeds the Ontario Building Code requirements
for washrooms by 55%
- There are approximately 150 sporting and non-sporting
events throughout a year (including hockey, concerts,
and ice skating)
- The John Labatt Centre is
the home of the 2005 Memorial Cup Champions, Junior “A”
hockey team, The London Knights.