OVG breaks ground on Hamilton Arena Redevelopment

A transformative project in Hamilton, Ont. reached a milestone May 16 as developers and city officials held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the Hamilton arena project. Oak View Group (OVG), the largest developer of sports and live entertainment venues in the world, is spearheading a $280-million renovation of FirstOntario Centre along with Live Nation Canada and the Hamilton Urban Precinct Entertainment Group (HUPEG).

The kickoff of the stadium project will be followed by renovations to the nearby convention centre, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Hamilton concert hall.

HUPEG, which has Carmens Group, LIUNA and Fengate among its members, is leading an area redevelopment initiative for what is called The Commons, with plans for three residential sites, a hotel, restaurants and other new meeting and event spaces.

The arena renovation will include a new facade, premium seating, enhanced acoustics, improved sightlines, upgraded concourses, new clubs and suites and artist lounges. Completion of the 18,000-seat facility is expected in the fall of 2025. The construction manager is EllisDon and designer is Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects.

Another important item to note, OVG CEO added  “we will soon announce the building has been completely financed by one of the largest banks in the world,” he said. “For the first time ever this institution came in and took the whole thing.”

Hamilton Arena Redevelopment rendering

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