Flex your planning muscle with events in sporty spaces. Toronto is a powerhouse for national and international sporting events and, with that, come the facilities to accommodate the cheering crowds and a range of options to draft your group into action-packed outings.
Catch a game. Host a tourney. Stage teambuilding activities. Organize a festival, trade show or rally. The following are just a few venues ready to help you call a winning event play:
Sports Hub: Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, Scarborough, ON
Team Play: A legacy build of the 2015 Pan Am Games, this expansive complex gifted the community with an Aquatic Centre containing two Olympic-size pools and a dive tank, plus a Field House with four competition-size gyms, walking-running track, multi-level fitness studios and a 41-ft. climbing wall.
Event Skills: Light-filled and with full-service amenities including in-house catering and event management, the centre is extremely versatile for its wide range of activity options, including cricket, lacrosse, archery and table tennis, and its hosting capabilities. Multiple boardrooms and classrooms accommodate meetings and presentations, such as the VIP Leadership Room with viewing window overlooking the competition pool (Capacity: 75). Large video boards and an internal television system throughout are ideal for event and sponsorship messaging.
Bonus Points: Open 19 hours a day, the facility is not only community inclusive but offers added-value connections to activity, coaching and sports facilitators to help ramp up your team’s game.
Sports Hub: Mattamy National Cycling Centre, Milton, ON
Team Play: Another Pan Am build, this is Canada’s only international-standard competition-calibre velodrome with spectator seating for 1,500. A jogging-walking track encircles the space on the third level.
Event Skills: The oval track’s infield spans the breadth of three full-size basketball courts, and is capable of multiple event personalities, from seated white-linen fundraising dinners and large-scale presentations to trade show displays and varied group activity stations. Meetings and group gatherings have a few options with a fitness centre, two boardrooms (Capacity: 25 each) and a media box with bird’s eye view of the track (Capacity: 15). An exciting must do: Send your team speeding around the oval! Customizable corporate packages are available complete with bikes and coaching.
Bonus Points: Tap into the facility’s connections for gifting your team with great bike swag including custom-branded jerseys and other wheel-awesome gear.
Sports Hub: BMO Field at Exhibition Place, Toronto
Team Play: Home pitch of Canada’s national soccer team and the Toronto FC, our first major league, the stadium by the lake with the striking red seating is available for private events and community soccer rentals.
Event Skills: Recent renovations added over 8,000 additional seats along with new and remodelled private hospitality areas, suites and VIP lounges. Among them is the premier Tunnel Club (Capacity: 480) with field-side seating steps away from the Toronto FC locker room, the field-level East Club with chef’s table-style food stations (Capacity: 400), and the Rogers Club (Capacity: 740). The venue offers 38 luxury suites in total.
Bonus Points: West-side seating in the open-air stadium has a picture-perfect view of Toronto’s skyline
Sports Hub: Hershey Centre in Mississauga
Team Play: Two buildings house an array of action-packed amenities including the 5,000-seat main arena and three community rinks (350 seats each). The Hershey SportZone complex has indoor and outdoor soccer fields, gymnasium and fitness rooms. The Hershey Centre is the home base for the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga Steelheads, and the Toronto Raptors farm team.
Event Skills: Take to the ice for group shinny and family skates, or cover it up for concerts, trade shows, presentations and more – there’s even been a rodeo! Twenty-five suites offer premium viewing and private-box entertaining. A large meeting room (Capacity: 75) is divisible by three, with an additional boardroom for pre- and post-activity powwows. The SportZone’s expansive indoor soccer field is ideal for quartering off for customized teambuilding challenges.
Bonus Points: In-house full-service catering and customizable large-screen scoreboards with the option of spotlighting your event with live-shot camera-action.
Sports Hub: Air Canada Centre, Toronto
Team Play: A major sports attraction in the downtown core, it’s the epicentre for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Raptors and Toronto Rock Lacrosse team as well as other major sporting and entertainment events.
Event Skills: View a game or concert from the comforts of a fully catered luxury suite including the new MasterCard World Elite party suite that accommodates up to 40 people. Two boardrooms for up to 30 put presentations and meetings in the sports stratosphere. However, the arena floor is where the true power of the centre is felt. Book it for a corporate event, or arrange a private skating party.
Bonus Points: Continue channelling a sports agenda with pre- or post-game dining at the Real Sports Bar and Grill, adjacent the Air Canada Centre.
Under The Dome
Sports Hub: Rogers Centre, Toronto
Team Play: Whether the roof is open or closed, this stadium is an iconic feature of the city’s skyline. Home field of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Argonauts, the centre is multi-versatile in staging large gatherings from concerts and conventions to trade shows and festivals.
Event Skills: Multiple layout possibilities put your group centre field for a gala dinner, product launch or your own baseball tourney or mini-Olympics. An array of suites at different viewing levels offer relaxed, upscale settings whether entertaining VIPs during a game or concert, or working out a corporate strategy away from the office boardroom. Sightlines restaurant is available for on-site pre-game dining or, on non-game days, private events.
Bonus Point: Call into play the centre’s impressive special effects technology including pyrotechnic displays and ample LED video boards, the main jumbotron being one of the world’s largest.
Sports Hub: Branksome Hall Athletics & Wellness Centre, Toronto
Team Play: A new athletics centre recently opened at this private school campus, housing a gymnasium, two indoor pools, fitness room, studio space, dry-land rowing room, and dining court. The facility and its sports field are available for rental by sports clubs and other organizations.
Event Skills: Natural light spills in through expansive windows that embrace the length of the contemporary building. Oak wood, a natural colour palette and soaring ceilings add über sophistication. Private events, from meetings to wedding receptions, play out in two multi-functional spaces. The White Oak Suite comprises the spacious main-level dining hall and fireside lounge with additional concourse space (Capacity: 350 seated). On the second floor, the Silver Birch Suite utilizes the gymnasium with glass-door walkout to lobby for pre-reception cocktails (Capacity: 400 seated). Full A-V and catering kitchen available.
Bonus Points: A landscaped rooftop terrace overlooking Rosedale Valley and a main-level exterior courtyard deliver beautiful outdoor event spaces.
Sports Hub: Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto
Team Play: A shrine to Canada’s national sport, there’s no need to suit up to enjoy the many activities on offer here. Immersive entertainment areas include the new TSN Broadcast Zone and the TSN SportsCentre Studio replica where guests audition as sports anchors or try their hand at calling memorable hockey moments with their recorded clips available for social media sharing. Numerous memorabilia display zones, interactive kiosks, touch-screen games, skill-testing challenges and more score fan points.
Event Skills: Event spaces play off the building’s majestic heritage architecture, the grandest of which is the Esso Great Hall where a selfie with the Stanley Cup is a must (Capacity: 140 seated). Presentation-style events have a choice of the TSN Theatre with 125 tiered seats or the Tim Hortons Theatre (Capacity: 100 seated). Scavenger hunts are an excellent way to explore the facility. Or arrange for a meet and greet with a hockey superstar. Total venue capacity with food stations throughout: 1,000
Bonus Points: Check out even more of the museum’s game artifacts and additional event space located in the D.K. Seaman Hockey Resource Centre housed within Etobicoke’s MasterCard Centre For Hockey Excellence.