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The Videotron Centre (French: Centre Vidéotron) is an indoor arena in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The 18,259-seat arena replaced Colisée Pepsi as Quebec City's primary venue for indoor events. The arena is primarily used for ice hockey, serving as the home arena of the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL and has been prospected as a venue for a new or re-located National Hockey League team in Quebec City, and as part of a Winter Olympic Games bid. The building opened on September 8, 2015. It is now the seventh-largest indoor arena in Canada.
|Former names||Quebec City Amphitheatre (planning stages and during construction)|
|Address||250-B Boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel|
|Location||Quebec City, Quebec|
|Capacity||Ice hockey: 18,259|
|Field size||689,000 square feet (64,000 m2)|
|Broke ground||September 3, 2012|
|Opened||September 12, 2015|
|Construction cost||$370 million|
GLCRM & Associates
|General contractor||Pomerleau, Inc.|
|Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) (2015–present)|
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new arena was held on September 3, 2012, attended by then-Quebecor Chairman Pierre Karl Péladeau, then-Premier of Quebec Jean Charest, and former Quebec Nordiques players Michel Goulet, Peter Stastny, and Alain Côté. Arena construction began on September 10, 2012.
The arena was expected to cost $400 million, but cost $370 million instead with the city and province covering 50% of the cost of the arena. On March 1, 2011 Quebecor entered into an agreement to acquire management rights to the new arena, a deal expected to be between $33 million and $63 million up front, plus between $3.15 million and $5 million in annual rent. The value of the deal will increase if an NHL franchise moves into the arena; Quebecor has actively backed an expansion franchise for Quebec City. This arrangement was made without public tender, for which the provincial government provided legal immunity.
As part of the management contract, Quebecor also holds the arena's naming rights; on April 7, 2015, it was announced that the arena would carry the name of Quebecor-owned cable company Vidéotron, and be known as the Videotron Centre (Centre Vidéotron in French). The arena held its official opening on September 3, running public two-hour tours for the following three days. On September 12, Videotron Centre broke the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League attendance record by attracting 18,259 spectators to a match between the Quebec City Remparts and the Rimouski Oceanic.
Two days after playing the last-ever event of its predecessor, Colisée Pepsi, Metallica played the first-ever concert at Videotron Centre on September 16, both as part of their Lords of Summer Tour.
The arena is comparable in size to PPG Paints Arena, the home arena of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and occupies approximately 64,000 square metres of space, down from the originally proposed 70,000 square metres. The design is also similar to Rogers Place, the home arena of the Edmonton Oilers. A television studio, valued at between C$30 million and C$40 million, is constructed within the arena.
In an interview for the American magazine Sports Illustrated, Populous architect and lead project designer Kurt Amundsen said that the arena was "absolutely a hockey-first design with the intention of them securing an NHL team in the near future." Amundsen added that the design was specific to Canadian hockey preferences:
It is a steeper and more intimate bowl than you see in the U.S. In Canada they are more about the game than the surrounding events and experiences. They were very adamant they wanted it as steep and tight as it could possibly get. . . . You feel like you are on top of the ice. It is about going into the arena and sitting in a seat and not getting up until the game is over.
The angle of the upper seating bowl is so steep that rails had to be installed at every row to satisfy local building code requirements.
Artists to have performed at the arena, include:
|Date||Name of Acts|
|September 16, 2015||Metallica|
|September 21, 2015||Madonna|
|October 9, 2015||Shania Twain|
|October 21, 2015||Mötley Crüe|
|January 18, 2016||Muse|
|January 18, 2016||Muse|
|March 24, 2016||Megadeth|
|April 5, 2016||Rihanna|
|April 18, 2016||Santana|
|May 5, 2016||Pearl Jam|
|May 14, 2016||Justin Bieber|
|June 25, 2016||Def Leppard|
|July 21, 2016||Slipknot|
|July 27, 2016||Bryan Adams|
|August 20, 2016||Celine Dion|
|August 21, 2016||Celine Dion|
|August 24, 2016||Celine Dion|
|August 25, 2016||Celine Dion|
|August 27, 2016||Celine Dion|
|August 30, 2016||Prophets of Rage|
|September 27, 2016||Five Finger Death Punch / Papa Roach|
|October 11, 2016||Disturbed|
|February 27, 2017||Maroon 5|
|March 2, 2017||Billy Talent|
|March 13, 2017||Simple Plan|
|March 19, 2017||The Lumineers|
|March 23, 2017||Green Day|
|May 6, 2017||Florida Georgia Line|
|June 21, 2017||Hall & Oates / Tears for Fears|
|July 7, 2017||King Crimson|
|July 16, 2017||Iron Maiden|
|July 18, 2017||Ed Sheeran|
|August 9, 2017||OneRepublic|
|August 13, 2017||Keith Urban|
|August 24, 2017||Bruno Mars|
|September 5, 2017||Arcade Fire|
|October 6, 2017||Roger Waters|
|October 7, 2017||Roger Waters|
|October 9, 2017||Katy Perry|
|October 26, 2017||Imagine Dragons|
|January 19, 2018||Avenged Sevenfold|
|February 26, 2018||Hedley|
|March 22, 2018||Santana|
|March 26, 2018||Rod Stewart|
|June 28, 2018||Shania Twain|
|August 16, 2018||ZZ Top|
|August 26, 2018||Culture Club|
|August 30, 2018||Deep Purple / Judas Priest|
|September 17, 2018||Paul McCartney|
|September 29, 2018||Elton John|
|October 13, 2018||Justin Timberlake|
|October 14, 2018||Lara Fabian|
|November 12, 2018||Jack White|
|November 24, 2018||Three Days Grace|
|January 25, 2019||Bryan Adams|
|March 31, 2019||Muse|
|April 2, 2019||Kiss|
|May 11, 2019||Godsmack / Volbeat|
|June 6, 2019||Corey Hart|
|July 15, 2019||Def Leppard|
|August 3, 2019||Michael Bublé|
|August 7, 2019||Iron Maiden|
|August 17, 2019||Rob Zombie / Marilyn Manson|
|September 18, 2019||Celine Dion|
|September 20, 2019||Celine Dion|
|September 21, 2019||Celine Dion|
|September 25, 2019||Shinedown|
|October 30, 2019||/ Fleetwood Mac|
|January 27, 2020||Korn / Breaking Benjamin|
|April 4, 2020||Lara Fabian|
|July 14, 2020||Journey|
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