January 28th, 2010 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre


great show in Montreal last night.  Had lotsa fun!  My review will be posted tomorrow.  I am still working on it.

Tonight it’s in Toronto.  A boring city with a shit hockey team, and an even shittier soccer team!!  🙂  (had to say it)

SET LIST:

  1. Chinese Democracy
  2. Welcome to the jungle
  3. It’s so easy
  4. Mr. brownstone
  5. Sorry
  6. Better
    Richard solo
  7. Live and let die
  8. If the world
    Dizzy solo
  9. Street of dreams
  10. Rocket queen
  11. Catcher in the rye
    D.J. Ashba solo
  12. Sweet child o mine
    Axl piano solo
  13. November Rain
    Ron solo (Pink Panther)
  14. You could be mine
  15. Knockin’ on heaven’s door
  16. Nightrain
    – Rappel –
  17. Shackler’s revenge
  18. Madagascar
  19. This I love
  20. Paradise city

The Air Canada Centre (ACC) is a multi-purpose arena located on Bay Street in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League (NLL). It was also home to the Toronto Phantoms of the Arena Football League (AFL) during their brief existence. The arena is popularly known as the ACC or the Hangar (the latter nickname coming from its sponsorship by Canada’s largest airline, Air Canada). The ACC is the 11th busiest arena in the world.[1]

From its initial design to completion, it revolutionized many concepts now included in new arenas and stadiums such as luxury suites accessible on the ground floor, splitting the main scoreboard into several sections, rotating all sponsor signage in the bowl at once (to allow dominant messaging), and multiple restaurants in and out of the main arena bowl view.

The arena is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., the same group that owns both the Leafs and Raptors, and is 665,000 square feet (62,000 m²) in size. Air Canada Centre is connected to Union Station and the underground pedestrian PATH system, providing easy access to public transportation (TTC’s Union subway station and GO Transit) for fans attending events. There are also 13,000 parking spaces within immediate walking distance.

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[edit] History

Raptors Game. (2006-07)

The Air Canada Centre was started by the Toronto Raptors under its initial ownership group headed by Canadian businessman John Bitove. The groundbreaking was performed in March 1997.

While construction was in progress, the Raptors and their partially-completed arena were purchased by MLSE. Prior to this development, the Maple Leafs had been contemplating building their own arena to replace the aging Maple Leaf Gardens. MLSE subsequently ordered major modifications to the original design, which was basketball-specific, such that the arena become more suitable for hockey.

The site was once occupied by the Canada Post Delivery Building. The current building retains the striking Art Deco façades of the east (along Bay Street) and south (Lake Shore Boulevard) walls of that structure, but the rest of the building (facing Union Station) was removed to make room for the arena, through the process of facadism.

The 15-storey tower on Bay Street stands at 55 metres and provides connections in the atrium to Union Station, Bay Street, and York Street (via Bremner Boulevard).

[edit] Games and events

Preparing for the National Anthem at the Toronto Maple Leafs home opener.

The first Maple Leafs home game took place on February 20, 1999 versus the Montreal Canadiens, won by the Leafs 3-2 on an overtime goal by Steve Thomas. The first Raptors game took place the following night versus the Vancouver Grizzlies. The Raptors won 102-87 in front of a sell-out crowd. The Tragically Hip performed the first concert at the venue the following night.[2] The facility hosted the 2000 NHL All-Star Game and the championship game of the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. In 2003, the Liberal Party of Canada held their convention at the ACC.

The centre has hosted many World Wrestling Entertainment events over the years. In 2004 it hosted WWE SummerSlam 2004. In 2006, it hosted WWE Unforgiven 2006 headlined by Toronto native Edge against John Cena. It has also hosted many WWE Raw, ECW, and WWE SmackDown! tapings. The Air Canada Centre also featured World Championship Wrestling’s first-ever WCW Monday Nitro telecast from Canada, on March 29th, 1999.

The Toronto Rock also moved to the ACC from Maple Leaf Gardens for the 2001 NLL season. The Rock’s first game was a 17-7 win over the Ottawa Rebel on December 21, 2000.[3]

On October 3, 2003, the ACC had a power outage during the third quarter of a Raptors pre-season game against the Greek club Panathinaikos. The game was called a final, because the power was not restored in time, and Toronto already had a thirty-point lead.

Bon Jovi held the record for having played the most shows in the Air Canada Centre during one tour. On their 2007-2008 Lost Highway Tour, they played five shows in Toronto. They were breaking their own earlier four-night record at the ACC that tied with U2, the Spice Girls and The Police.[4]

[edit] Future developments

Outside of Air Canada Centre in 1999.

In late 2005, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment announced that they would be renovating the western side of the Air Canada Centre during the 2008 off-season, to connect it with the future Maple Leaf Square development. Maple Leaf Square is jointly owned by MLSE, Cadillac Fairview and Lantera Developments. The $500 million development will include two restaurants, Hotel Le Germain at Maple Leaf Square boutique hotel, extensive retail shopping including a 9,000-square-foot (840 m2) Leafs, Raptors, and Toronto FC store, two 54-storey condominiums, a Longo’s supermarket, a High-Definition broadcast studio, and a public square. It is slated for completion in 2009-2010.[citation needed

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