Opened: November 16, 2004
Capacity: 15,015 seats
300 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 5S4
The NHL’s Winnipeg Jets call the MTS Center home. Located in downtown Winnipeg, this state of the art multi-purpose facility encompasses over 440,000 square feet. This massive facility opened in 2004 and regularly plays host to over 15,000 screaming hockey fans. Designer Sink Combs Dethlefs of Denver, Colorado sought to incorporate both the classical and the modern in the look and feel of this facility. They achieved this goal by incorporating modern glass and steel design with a traditional red brick façade that is in keeping with the surrounding area and reminiscent of the Eaton’s store that once stood on Portage Avenue.
Being located in downtown Winnipeg, getting to the stadium involves the extensive use of surface streets and can be somewhat of a chore. However, the arena’s downtown location means that stadium goers have a plethora of options from which to choose for their pre and post-game activities. The MTS center is located at the intersection of Portage Avenue and Donald Street. Considering the MTS Center’s location, parking is ample. There are over 13,000 off street parking options within a 10-minute walk of the stadium. An additional 2,000 on street metered parking spots are also available.
Once inside the stadium, fans will be greeted by three wide concourses. This modern facility has all the amenities that hockey enthusiasts have come to expect from a world-class venue. Fans should have no difficulty finding their seats, and every seat in the arena has a clear line of sight to the action on the ice. Rental-party suites are available for parties of 16-44. Inquiries regarding party suites should be made at Guest Services on the Main Concourse.
Fans will find all the typical concession stand fare available at the MTS Center. In addition to hot dogs, popcorn and nachos, arena goers can treat themselves to a slice of Winnipeg’s Boston Pizza, sample barbecue at the Voyageur Smokehouse and indulge in a wide variety of regional beers. The MTS Center also has its own fine-dining restaurant located within the arena.
The Exchange Restaurant and Beer Market
This fine dining establishment opens at 5:00 pm on most event days. It is located just off the event concourse and offers fans a chance to sample local fare as well as specialty and exotic beers from around the world.
Fans do not need to wait to get inside the arena to eat. Many options in downtown Winnipeg cater to the arena crowd. Even the fussiest eater is sure to find something that suits his taste.
Moxie’s Classic Grill
This upscale casual dining establishment is located on Portage Avenue. It offers accessible fare that caters to the casual diner. Moxie’s clientele ranges from business professionals to students and families.
Tavern United Powerhouse Pub
For those who simply must watch every game, Tavern United offers televisions broadcasting every major sporting including those on PPV. They offer a traditional pub menu and a large variety of international beers.
Whether a fan craves pizza or pasta, Boston Pizza can satisfy his craving. They also offer a wide selection of beers and the sports bar area has plenty of TVs for the sport-obsessed fan. The super fan does not have to miss a moment of the action.
After the game, downtown Winnipeg has a variety of local nightspots that cater to those who just are not ready to go home. From clubs with DJs to hole-in-the-wall bars with live music, fans can find it all within walking distance of the arena. Just take a walk around the well-lit downtown area and follow the music and the crowd.
For those fans who are arriving from out of town and happen to arrive a day or two early, there are plenty of sights and attractions to see in Winnipeg. A visit to the Exchange District during the day offers fans an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the area around the arena as well as take in the sights of Old Market Square. Visiting the city’s French Quarter of St. Boniface is also highly recommended. The St. Boniface Cathedral is a must-see.
Hockey fans will not regret visiting the city of Winnipeg to see the Winnipeg Jets play. The MST Center is a modern venue where every seat in the house is a good seat, and the city of Winnipeg has much to offer in the form of entertainment, cuisine and history.
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