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The Bell Centre (French: Centre Bell), formerly known as the Molson Centre (French: Centre Molson), is a sports and entertainment complex in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It has been the home of the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens hockey team since March 16, 1996. The team departed from the historic Montreal Forum after their last game on March 11 of the same year. Construction began on the site on June 22, 1993, 13 days after the Canadiens defeated the Los Angeles Kings at the Forum for their 24th and most recent Stanley Cup. The name of the arena initially reflected Molson, Inc., a brewing company which was owner of the Canadiens at the time. Some members of Montreal sports media, namely Jack Todd, pushed for the nickname "The Keg" as fitting for the new arena but it was never widely adopted. Molson elected not to keep the naming rights when they sold the team and the name was officially changed on September 1, 2002, after Bell Canada acquired the naming rights.

Since it opened in 1996, it has consistently been listed as one of the world's busiest arenas, usually receiving the highest attendance of any arena in Canada. In 2008, it was the 6th busiest arena in the world based on ticket sales for non-sporting events.

The Bell Centre is currently owned by a partnership group headed by Geoff Molson and his brothers, Andrew and Justin. The group also owns the Montreal Canadiens.

In 2008, Céline Dion held 6 soldout concerts in a row (15th, 16th, 19th, 20th, 23th and 25 August) on her Taking Chances World Tour, selling 167,957 tickets and grossing $23,135,338.


Date Event Attendance
November 9, 1997Survivor Series20,593
February 23, 2003No Way Out15,100
September 13, 2009Breaking Point12,000

Television Programs

Date Event
October 18, 2001SmackDown
March 18, 2002RAW
March 23, 2002Jakked
May 16, 2002SmackDown
May 18, 2002Jakked
October 14, 2002RAW
February 23, 2003Heat
July 7, 2003RAW
July 13, 2003Heat
May 31, 2004RAW
January 20, 2005SmackDown
January 22, 2005Velocity
August 15, 2005RAW
September 18, 2006RAW
September 22, 2006SmackDown
September 10, 2012RAW
July 7, 2014RAW
July 10, 2014Superstars
May 4, 2015RAW
May 7, 2015Superstars
April 30, 2018RAW
May 1, 2018SmackDown Live
May 1, 2018205 Live
May 2, 2018Main Event
April 15, 2019RAW
April 16, 2019SmackDown Live
April 16, 2019205 Live
April 17, 2019Main Event

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