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The Paramount Fine Foods Centre, formerly the Hershey Centre, is a multi-purpose sports and entertainment complex located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Its current name was adopted on July 1, 2018 following a new naming rights agreement with Mississauga-based restaurant chain Paramount Fine Foods.[5]

Paramount Fine Foods Centre
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Paramount Fine Foods Centre is located in Ontario
Paramount Fine Foods Centre
Paramount Fine Foods Centre
Location in Ontario
Paramount Fine Foods Centre is located in Canada
Paramount Fine Foods Centre
Paramount Fine Foods Centre
Location in Canada
Former namesHershey Centre (1998–2018)
Address5500/5600 Rose Cherry Place
LocationMississauga, Ontario
Coordinates43°37′56″N 79°39′13″W / 43.6323°N 79.6535°W / 43.6323; -79.6535Coordinates: 43°37′56″N 79°39′13″W / 43.6323°N 79.6535°W / 43.6323; -79.6535
OwnerCity of Mississauga
OperatorCity of Mississauga
CapacityBasketball 5,400
Hockey: 5,612 (5,420 seated)
Concerts: 7,000
Construction
Broke groundJanuary 1998
OpenedOctober 12, 1998[3]
Construction costC$22 million
($32.1 million in 2018 dollars[1])
ArchitectParkin/Zawadzki & Armin Stevens Architects, A Joint Venture[2]
Services engineerThe Mitchell Partnership
General contractorPCL Constructors Canada Inc.[2]
Tenants
Canada World Kabaddi Cup (1998–2012)
Mississauga IceDogs (OHL) (1998–2007)
Toronto ThunderHawks (NPSL) (2000–2001)
Mississauga St. Michael's Majors (OHL) (2007–2012)
Toronto Croatia (CSL) (2007–2010)
Mississauga Eagles FC (CSL) (2011–2013)
Toronto Triumph (LFL Canada) (2012)
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) (2012–present)
Mississauga Power (NBL Canada) (2013–2015)
2015 Pan American Games
2015 Parapan American Games
Raptors 905 (NBA G League) (2015–present)
Mississauga MetroStars (MASL) (2018–present)[4]
Website
paramountfinefoodscentre.com

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HistoryEdit

 
Logo as the Hershey Centre, 1998-2018

First opened in 1998 as the Hershey Centre, the complex is located on Rose Cherry Place, which was named after the late wife of Don Cherry, founder and former owner of the Mississauga IceDogs hockey team. The closest major intersection is Kennedy Road and Matheson Boulevard East. In 2007, a new multi-sport facility called SportZone opened just to the north of the main bowl. It houses a full-size indoor soccer field, a full size FIBA basketball court, a gymnastics facility, and two outdoor soccer fields.

The Centre is currently the home arena for the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League (ice hockey), Raptors 905 of the NBA G League (basketball), and Mississauga MetroStars of the Major Arena Soccer League (indoor soccer). It previously housed the Mississauga IceDogs (ice hockey) from 1998 to 2007, the Mississauga Power (basketball) from 2011 to 2015, and the Toronto ThunderHawks during the 2000-2001 National Professional Soccer League season. It has also been the venue for numerous musical acts, including The Tragically Hip, Green Day, The White Stripes, Hatebreed and Chinese superstar Joker Xue.

Major EventsEdit

HockeyEdit

Along with being the home of Mississauga's OHL teams since its opening, it has hosted several hockey events. In the year 2000 the Hershey Centre hosted the OHL All-Star Classic as well as the IIHF Women's World Hockey Championship. The OHL Championship Series for the J. Ross Robertson Cup has been held at the facility in 2004, 2011 and 2017. In May 2011 the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors hosted the 2011 Memorial Cup. The Saint John Sea Dogs defeated Mississauga in the Final 3-1.

BasketballEdit

The National Basketball League of Canada announced that the Oshawa Power would relocate to Mississauga and play as the Mississauga Power at the Hershey Centre starting in the 2013–14 season.[6]

The Toronto Raptors announced that beginning in the 2015–16 season, they would have a team in the NBA Development League in Mississauga and play as the Raptors 905 at the Hershey Centre.[7] The 905 displaced the Power and the NBLC team ceased operations. In 2017 and 2018 the Raptors 905 hosted both the NBA G League Showcase as well as the G League Finals at the arena.

Figure skatingEdit

The arena has hosted the Skate Canada International figure skating competition, part of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series in 2000, 2003, 2011 and in 2016.

It hosted the Canadian Figure Skating Championships for the first time in 2013.

2015 Pan and Parapan American GamesEdit

 
Entrance to the Hershey Centre during the 2015 Pan American Games

During the 2015 Pan American Games, it hosted the four combative sports of judo, karate, taekwondo and wrestling. During that time the centre was temporarily renamed the Mississauga Sports Centre due to naming rights.[8] The venue also hosted the parapan sports of goalball, powerlifting and it also featured the debut of wheelchair rugby.[9]

Other eventsEdit

It featured the only Extreme Championship Wrestling show in Canada before the promotion's demise in 2001.[citation needed] It was the venue for the inaugural 2002 Heritage Cup, an international indoor lacrosse tournament.[citation needed] The North American Roller Hockey Championships finals were held at Hershey Centre in July 2006, 2009 and 2013.[citation needed] The centre hosted the 2009 World Cup of Curling.[citation needed] A funeral for Peel Regional Police officer James Ochakovsky took place at the arena on March 9, 2010.[10] It has also hosted the FIRST Robotics Competition, an international high school robotics competition.[11]

Mississauga and Iceland FieldsEdit

The grounds of the Paramount Fine Foods Centre are also home to two outdoor field facilities, known as the Mississauga Fields and Iceland Fields.[12]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Canadian inflation numbers based on Statistics Canada tables 18-10-0005-01 (formerly CANSIM 326-0021) "Consumer Price Index, annual average, not seasonally adjusted". Statistics Canada. January 18, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2019. and 18-10-0004-13 "Consumer Price Index by product group, monthly, percentage change, not seasonally adjusted, Canada, provinces, Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit". Statistics Canada. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  2. ^ a b http://canada.pcl.com/projects/Archived/0900265/index.aspx
  3. ^ "Toronto Today". Toronto Star. October 12, 1998. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
  4. ^ "MASL ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION". April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  5. ^ Raza, Ali (June 30, 2018). "Mississauga's Hershey Centre to be known as Paramount Fine Foods Centre from July 1". The Mississauga News. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  6. ^ "Power Basketball Relocates To Mississauga". NBL Canada. April 26, 2013. Archived from the original on April 30, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2015/06/24/raptors-to-announce-d-league-team-will-play-in-mississauga-this-season.html
  8. ^ City gets Pan-Am karate and wrestling
  9. ^ Three Parapan Am Games events coming to Hershey Centre in 2015
  10. ^ Thousands attend funeral for Peel officer CTV.ca, published on March 9, 2010
  11. ^ http://www.firstroboticscanada.org
  12. ^ "About". Paramount Fine Foods Centre. Retrieved 9 November 2018. The outdoor artificial turf fields boasts four full-sized, lit artificial turf soccer fields-two on the north end of the campus (Mississauga Fields) and two on the south end (Iceland Fields).

External linksEdit

  Media related to Paramount Fine Foods Centre at Wikimedia Commons