Centre Bell, (known in english as The Bell Centre), is best known for being the home of the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens. But it is so much more. The Centre Bell is a sports and entertainment complex that hosts many of Montreal’s premiere events. Since opening 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. It is the largest hockey arena in the world with a seating capacity of 21,288.
previously called Centre Molson, the Centre Bell is the primary concert venue for major performances in Montral. Every year, the Bell Centre attracts more than 1 million spectators to Montreal Canadiens hockey games (Montreal Canadiens home games have been consistently sold out since January 2004), while 650,000 people walk through the doors to watch over 120 shows, for a total of 1.5 million spectators annually. Most shows put on by big acts visit the arena unless they require more room than is available in a hockey rink-sized facility; in which case the Olympic Stadium is used.
The Centre Bell is located in downtown Montreal, near the corner of Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal (formerly Rue de la Gauchetière Ouest) and De La Montagne Street. It is easily accessible by public transportation, as it is linked to two Metro stations: Lucien-L’Allier and Bonaventure. It is also connected to Montreal’s RESO underground city and Central Station.