The future location of the Place Bell is now known.
The new arena will be built in Laval on the east side of Highway 15, near the Montmorency metro station.
The owner of the Montreal Canadiens Geoff Molson was on hand for the announcement, as well as other personalities from the world of hockey, including Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien, assistant coach Jean-Jacques Daigneault and Habs’ alumni Stephane Richer and Jocelyn Thibault on Monday morning.
The original location of the arena was set for the “Carré Laval”, however the soil was considered too unstable for construction. The decontamination costs would have been too costly, considering the same processes are used for other large buildings in Montreal. The level of soil contamination had not been considered sufficiently high enough to impede construction.
The Place Bell’s main amphitheatre will seat 10,000 spectators and have 40 luxury boxes. There will be an additional two rinks at the facility. The Olympic size ice can accommodate 2500 spectators, while the other can accommodate 500 people. The new hockey complex will be managed by “La Cité de la culture et du sport”, a non-profit organization established for the project.
The construction of this complex will be completed at a cost of $ 120 million. The Quebec government to inject $ 46 million share for the construction of the Place Bell, while Evenko will inject another $ 32 million.