Scotiabank Centre
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Andrew P
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Nothing but a bad experience at the Scotiabank center. I have been here on 3 separate occasions and they were all a nightmare. I do not recommend this place for any venue. The security is not professional and will degrade you. I was unable to located my seats and the security staff were very rude, aggressive, terrible, and offensive. Security will not help and only make matters worse ( they will take their anger out on you and are not professional at their job). I am not form the Halifax area or familiar with the Scotiabank centre. I will never enter into this place again. They ruined my nights, expectations, and any enjoyment of entertainment (all 3 occasions I went). I recommend going to another venue before you consider this place. Had a great experience at different venues where I could avoid this place including casino Nova Scotia, Casino New Brunswick, Moncton Avenir center, Quebec Videotron centre, Bell centre Montreal, M Telus Montreal, Fredericton Play House, Saint John TD Station, and the Imperial Theatre. Even after the fact with security the staff members on site were unable to help me out. Other people present could not believe this “quality of service” they had observed. Hands down the worst place to go for any entertainment! My biggest retreat was going to this place and also not filming the quality of service they provide so you can all see what to expect. 3 strikes for this place.
Written January 4, 2020
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Tripsalot_5000
186 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Friends
I've been to 200+ concerts, in a variety of cities, in variety of venues both small and large and this is by far the worst venue of them all. I've been to approximately 10 concerts here and the acoustics are atrocious with the sound hitting you from all sides. The seats are uncomfortable. The sight lines are horrible in the upper bowl and not only for concerts as the private boxes block off your view completely to the other side of the arena. You also can not take drinks to your seat. Only if my favourite artist came to this venue would I ever go to a concert there. I have passed on going to many popular bands just because this venue is so awful. The venue is so bad it ruins any hope of having a good time.
Written July 22, 2014
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scottishvermonter
Saint Johnsbury, VT153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
There for the International HALIFAX Tattoo, I bought the expensive tickets to get the full effect of the precision bands maneuvering. The spectacle was great, but to be honest, ANY seat in that venue would have given great views. The children’s chorus performance on the side near the exit was NOT clear to hear; nor could we see their faces which should have been projected onto the huge screen for all to see, and more microphones added so that the audience can clearly hear voices that are facing AWAY from the audience.
There are plenty of restrooms, and vendors sell food and drinks in the lobby.
Be sure to notice the NAME OF THE STREET ENTRANCE you came IN through because that is where you NEED to exit to get back to where you came in. Your seat may be in another zone near another exit that leads to a street much further up or down the steep hills of Halifax.
There is one SMALL, slow elevator, so if you have MOBILITY ISSUES, BOOK ACCORDINGLY, and find out where it is as there are lots of steep stairs, especially getting to you stadium seats.
I WOULD enjoy seeing another performance there.
Written July 24, 2019
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Mary Jane M
Halifax, Canada15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Experienced the magic of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. Just amazing! Definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Halifax!
Written July 4, 2019
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Tim H
Regina, Canada36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
Attended the memorial cup here and compared to back home beer was very easy to get and bathroom lines weren’t excessively long. Obviously a well run facility.
Written May 25, 2019
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Fred C
Ajax, Canada20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
Have attended several Tattoos and curling competitions here. Comfortable seating and excellent views. Can avoid climbing hills if staying at Cambridge (excellent packages). Lots of stairs to washrooms!
Written July 21, 2014
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tshep42
Halifax, Canada4,059 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Family
Located in the centre of downtown Halifax, this is the home to the local junior hockey team and basketball team, pays host to International Tattoo and many concerts throughout the year. It is the same building as the World Trade & Convention Centre and is connected with Scotia Square (including the parking lot), Prince George Hotel, Delta Barrington, Purdy's Wharf, etc. by tunnels. There are numerous fabulous restaurants to grab a bite to eat before an event, and pubs to grab a drink after.

There food is pretty bland, except for the Subway, but there is a bit of variety. For busy events, there are long lineups at the bathrooms. The better side for busy events is the one closer to the harbor as there is more leg room to walk around during intermissions.

Seating is as cramped as most stadiums with no drink holder except for the comfy seats along the top of the lower bowl. They're definitely worth the extra cost. Most seats have a good to great view except from midway up to the top of the upper bowl.

Parking sucks. There is Scotia Square, the Prince George, Staples, etc. but I recommend grabbing a bite to eat downtown and getting there before the crowd. At the very least, give yourself some extra time to find parking.
Written June 12, 2014
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Amanda8925
Halifax, Canada701 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
We are lucky to have this venue in Halifax. It isn't huge (no comparison to the Air Canada Centre) but it isn't tiny either. It's a great place for concerts and hockey games. The facility is clean and the staff are all professional. I have never had a bad experience here and hope to enjoy many more concerts/basketball games/hockey games here.

The only downside is the fact you have to pay for parking down the street and when they are really busy, it can be a complete nightmare.
Written July 15, 2013
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justatravellinman
Halifax, Canada98 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Have been to many OHL and NHL arenas for hockey and was really looking forward to my first Mooseheads game in Halifax having recently moved here.

Location of the venue is great.....good parking nearby......decent food vendors inside fairly priced.....good game atmosphere......so far so good!

Seating, however, is horrible. So little legroom that the person in front of me was practically in my lap. I'm all of 6 feet tall, so by no means tall by any stretch. I was seated in the upper bowl so took the opportunity to move back to an empty row so I could comfortably sit "sideways" in my seat to get comfortable. Caution too if in the upper bowl that the bulkhead cuts you off from the rest of the areana (view to the ice surface is fine....but you'll lose connection to the rest of the crowd......)

Once the game is over the ushers here take their role very seriously. Waited for the rest of the crowd to start their way out to not get caught up in the crowd and was encouraged by an usher to "start making my way down now....". And twice while waiting for my teenage son to visit the mens room prior to leaving was approached by ushers telling me "it's time to head outside now.......". Not sure what the hurry here is....maybe paid by the hour and have a time limit to vacate the building........but again, have attended many OHL games and have never been so hurried along.

Long story short........just not worth it......I love to support QMJ and OHL hockey, but not if I have to suffer through games.......
Written January 2, 2020
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JMCSTL
Saint Louis, MO7,317 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
My wife & I attended the 2019 Canadian Hockey League Memorial Cup tournament @ Scotiabank Centre, and sat for most games in the upper tier. The stair climbs for each of those games - before, after & during intermissions - were very steep and narrow, and lighting was often absent which made for hesitant moments. With the skyboxes hanging down into the overhead space of the upper deck, seats more than a dozen or so rows up suffer diminished sightlines of whatever event is occupying the arena floor (and possibly of end stage content). So I would recommend avoiding Sections 30 thru 43, Rows 12 & higher, if you don't want to feel like you're watching a game or a concert or other entertainment from inside a cave.

Seats in both upper & lower decks where we sat for the tournament had above average legroom. But the slope of the seating bowls was so shallow that the heads of patrons in the rows in front of us would often block our view of the play on the ice, especially if someone was leaning forward (a common habit with sports fans & one that multiplies from the first person who starts leaning). The arena concourse on the west side is very narrow with even narrower passageways to/from the arena ends, so crowding in those areas is a given during well-attended events. The concourse on the east side is split into inner & outer spaces, which opens things up a bit for crowd movement.

Arena staff during the Memorial Cup could not have been more friendly & accommodating. If that was their regular staff, they'd be the factor that would sway me to recommend attending events at Scotiabank Centre. Just pay the higher price for seats in the lower bowl & enjoy.
Written June 9, 2019
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