Scotiabank Arena
Scotiabank Arena
4.5
About
Scotiabank Arena is Canada’s premier sports and entertainment venue and home to the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, NBA’s Toronto Raptors and the NLL’s Toronto Rock. Owned and operated by MLSE, Scotiabank Arena opened its doors in February 1999 and has been recognized with more than 40 industry awards highlighting the venue’s security, accessibility, fan service, environmental commitment, sales and box office service. It has also hosted over 39 million fans at over 2,600 events.
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Neighborhood: Downtown
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
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  • Union • 3 min walk
  • King • 9 min walk
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  • Family5GetAway
    St. John's, Canada321 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great venue for a fabulous concert
    We were here to see Stevie Nicks in concert. Found the lay out very easy to navigate with lots of places to buy merchandise and refreshments. There are lots of bathrooms as well. The staff were friendly and helpful. We had seats on the floor so I cannot speak to the comfort of the regular seating, but the temporary ones they lay on the floor were fine.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Mike from Rival Town
    Niagara Falls, Canada753 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great arena, always a fun time, never any issues
    It’s kinda rare that I’m able to go to a Leafs game or concert here, but when I do I always have a good time and have never had any major issues! I’ve been to a few NHL arenas now though and can say that it’s definitely not the best ice, and always a shame that most of the seats for Leafs games are taken up by rich, greedy, corporate businessmen, while the true fans are either in the nosebleeds or watching the game outside in Maple Leaf Square. I do love having the option of watching the game for free with the rest of the die hard on the street….even though I was present for the notorious game 7 against Boston!!! So much passion here though, I love attending a game or concert here. One tip, DEFINITELY book dinner beforehand at RealSports….trust me. RealSports is right by Maple Leaf Square, and it’s so amazing in there.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 14, 2023
  • BDZTravels
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania371 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great arena, cramped and poor traffic flow
    As part of my NHL arenas travel I found myself at Scotiabank Arena, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Firstly, if you’re going to the game, don’t enter in the long line on Bremner Blvd, head into the side entrance on the left and the inside line goes through security much quicker. After we headed inside we checked out the team store. There is nobody there for crowd control so it is wall to wall people so that you can’t comfortably shop or move around freely. Decent selection of items though and pretty standard fare. There is a store directly across the street from Scotiabank that offered more items at a discount, and even all other teams items as well. The food here was just ok. I got a grilled cheese, loaded nacho, and slice of pizza and none of them were particularly great. We sat in section 323. While the seats are not particularly big person friendly, the view wasn’t bad and they had a pole running along the front to make it easier for people to stand up, which was a nice touch. Pro tip - they sold certified warmup pucks with a COA in a case at the little stand outside the section at the end of the second period! $50 CAD. If you’re getting food or going to the bathroom you should do it just before the period starts or just before it ends to avoid the herd coming at you in the halls during intermission. All in all a good environment and surrounding area is quite safe as well. Solid 4/5.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 31, 2023
  • Natalie M
    Moose Jaw, Canada60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Raptors Nation Fans
    We saw the Raptors play against the Bulls one night and Heat the next night. It was an amazing experience. Flawless and organized security check and lineups were fast flowing. We were there an hour early to watch warmups which probably helped. We were seated 10th row centre court which gave us a perfect experience. The scan and delivery of food and snacks option is neat also. Go check out a game if you’re in Toronto!!!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 2, 2024
  • dambanker
    Toronto, Canada1,742 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Poutine!
    I'll start this by saying its my least favorite rink or concert venue. My list is too long to get into here. But this is a food review. This year they added some new food choices and I found the Poutinerie up on the 300 level to be amazing. The Triple Bacon Poutine is to die for. It is actually worth the price they charge for it and its a complete meal. It's so good I even attended a second game just to get it again. If you attend any event here, you have to try this!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 25, 2024
  • IAN D
    Wigan, United Kingdom25,482 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large indoor arena
    This a a large indoor arena being home to different Toronto sports teams. Can be accessed directly from Union station. Good atmosphere seeing all the fans of the Maple leafs waiting to go.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 5, 2024
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Miss F
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
ad tickets to see Post Malone last night. First the security said as we had a photo of the ticket he couldn't let us in. We were about to open up the actual tickets in pdf form from ticketmaster and he told us they needed to be printed and we had to go to the box office and wouldn't listen to us. We had to backtrack through security to the box office and the box office woman said we shouldn't have to print them and had to walk us back through security check who then scanned our tickets and we were fine. No idea why the first guy wouldn't scan our tickets in the first place.

Next, we were in our seats after posty came out and a girl next to us starts lighting up a pipe. I asked her not to as my girlfriend has severe asthma and it would definitely ruin the show for us. She did anyways. She did twice. Of course my girl has an asthma attack during the show. We leave and go to the lobby where I tell someone she had been smoking weed. They go tell her not to smoke again and tell us to go back to our seats. This girl looks heated at us, she is continuesly smoking weed and of course security will never see it as she isn't that stupid. We go back to security and say we aren't comfortable going back to our seats as she is still there and my girl can't breath at this point. After missing three good songs they sit us at the back of the concert in the highest seats. So we get downgraded in our seats after paying for our tickets at an indoor "high" security event because we don't want to have to smell weed the entire show. What do we see the next row over after we get moved... A huge blunt being lit up. I went through security twice and the most they asked was to see my keys and phone. They didn't even ask me to take my hat off, they didn't check inside my girlfriends purse. Imagine ruining a night for someone who is allergic to smoke, has asthma etc all over getting high indoors at a family friendly show as I saw multiple children in there. Just goes to show you Scotiabank doesn't care about their guests. Imagine if my girl had went into a massive attack and needed to go to the hospital. They didn't seem to care.

Next time someone comes to Canada we want to see and it's at Scotiabank, we're going to the Ottawa or Quebec show. And we've been to every single post Malone concert in Toronto, along with multiple others.

Would not reccoment if you have asthma or any respiratory issues and can't handle weed even though there is security at every entrance and it's inside.
Written February 15, 2020
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barbabelle00
Toronto, Canada147 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I have seen a lot of concerts and sporting events here.
Concerts are so big that if you have level 300 seats, you basically need binoculars.

Sporting events are bigger due to placement of the rink/field.

Pay close attention to their security rules for what you can and can;t bring in. They are serious about it. They will make you go check stuff at coat/bag check if you even have a small backpack. No food or drink at all (unless you need it medically, then you have to go to their website and fill out a form) They stopped me once because I had a granola bar in the bottom of my purse.

Concession proves are standard high arena prices.
Written January 27, 2020
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Beverly H
St. Catharines, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My family saw Disney on Ice Dream Big on the 26th of January 2020 and we had the greatest time. The show was amazing and so was Sandra that works for Scotiabank Arena in section 1067/107. We had very good seats in this section but they definitely weren’t as great as the seats 3 rows from the ice that Sandra took my family to during the intermission. Sandra helped make our day unforgettable, I can’t thank her enough for being so kind and wonderful!!!
Written February 3, 2020
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lynn2Toronto
London, Canada81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We saw TSO on December 30, 2019 and had great seats. The venue is perfect for concert. We both wished this concert was before Christmas because it was all Christmas songs but the venue was great. Good seats. Helpful staff. Short waits at bathrooms.
Written January 2, 2020
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Taitam Mgmt
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
They say that road games are just as great when the Toronto Raptors come to town. But there's nothing to match the excitement at home at the Scotiabank Arena. As far as travel, recreation, entertainment, there's no better ticket than watching the NBA Champs at home!
Written February 25, 2020
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SirC_LadyDD
Erin, Canada465 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This venue is well laid out, seats are comfortable and you can see everything from pretty much anywhere. Unfortunately my Leafs lost a very close game but had a great time. Tip of the hat to the organist Jimmy Holmstrom, thanks for the tour Jimmy!
Written March 6, 2020
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Haynesjen
Newton, MA88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
We caught a raptors playoff game at the arena and loved it! Our tickets were high up, but came with food! The arena itself was fun to see. If you love seeing the inside of other team’s arenas, I would definitely recommend taking a tour. That was our plan until we realized the team was in town and we could catch a game.
Written April 28, 2022
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BDZTravels
Pittsburgh, PA371 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
As part of my NHL arenas travel I found myself at Scotiabank Arena, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Firstly, if you’re going to the game, don’t enter in the long line on Bremner Blvd, head into the side entrance on the left and the inside line goes through security much quicker. After we headed inside we checked out the team store. There is nobody there for crowd control so it is wall to wall people so that you can’t comfortably shop or move around freely. Decent selection of items though and pretty standard fare. There is a store directly across the street from Scotiabank that offered more items at a discount, and even all other teams items as well.
The food here was just ok. I got a grilled cheese, loaded nacho, and slice of pizza and none of them were particularly great.
We sat in section 323. While the seats are not particularly big person friendly, the view wasn’t bad and they had a pole running along the front to make it easier for people to stand up, which was a nice touch.
Pro tip - they sold certified warmup pucks with a COA in a case at the little stand outside the section at the end of the second period! $50 CAD.
If you’re getting food or going to the bathroom you should do it just before the period starts or just before it ends to avoid the herd coming at you in the halls during intermission.
All in all a good environment and surrounding area is quite safe as well. Solid 4/5.
Written December 31, 2023
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caliprincess88
Edmonton, Canada19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We went there to watch a Raptors game. A few days before the game we got an email about their bag policy and how they will charge you $20 to store your purse if it’s bigger than 6.5”x4.5”. So we only carried our phones and put our credit cards in our pockets. We get to the arena and there were people with big purses and backpacks!! Great bag policy enforcement….not!
Signage at the arena was also stupidly confusing.
Written December 6, 2022
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Mark D
Ottawa, Canada17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
My second time here in 6 months. I was here in November for the Legends game for Daniel Alfredsson’s Hall of Fame induction. That time was perfect.
This time was for my first Raptors game. My son and I had a great time. We were in section 323 in the last row. Yes it is far up there. I tried to change my tickets because I received an email from the Raptors on game day that new tickets were released. When contacting Ticketmaster , it could not be done due to 24 hour time frame. So confused, as I was willing to pay an extra 600 dollars for the upgrade. Not to mention once the game started there was so many empty seats in the 100 level.
During the game way too many people were lost and blocking the aisle and ruining our view from the last row in 323. No staff said anything until the end of the game when we were told to leave shortly after the game ended. Not to mention upon arrival for the game at gate 1 there was an employee screaming at everyone with a microphone to go up the stairs to another line.
Overall we had a great time during the game. There was a tv on the wall to see game moments.
I downloaded the Raptors app to have some food delivered to our seat. That was awesome and quick!
The show and game was incredible! Food service and merchandise shop staff were awesome too!
Go Raptors!
Written March 15, 2023
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