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Bell Centre
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Former names New Montreal Forum (before construction–1996), Molson Centre, Centre Molson (1996–2002)
Location 1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal, Montreal, Quebec H4B 5G0
Coordinates 45°29′46″N 73°34′10″W / 45.49611°N 73.56944°W / 45.49611; -73.56944Coordinates: 45°29′46″N 73°34′10″W / 45.49611°N 73.56944°W / 45.49611; -73.56944
Broke ground June 22, 1993
Opened March 16, 1996
Expanded 1981
Owner Molson family
Operator Molson family
Construction cost C$270 million
Architect LeMay & Associate, LLC.
Project Manager IBI/DAA Group
Structural engineer Dessau
Services engineer SNC-Lavalin
General Contractor Huber, Hunt & Nichols
Capacity Hockey: 21,273
Basketball: 22,114
Concerts: 15,000
Amphitheatre: 10,000 to 14,000
Theatre: 5,000 to 9,000
Hemicycle: 2,000 to 3,500
MMA: 16,000 to 23,152
Field dimensions 780,000 square feet (72,000 m2)
Tenants
Montreal Canadiens (NHL) (1996–present)
Montreal Impact (NPSL) (1997–2000)
Montreal Rocket (QMJHL) (2001–2003)
Montreal Express (NLL) (2002)
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Inside the Bell Centre during a Canadiens game

The Bell Centre (known as Centre Bell in French) is a sports arena in Montreal, Quebec. The arena opened on March 16, 1996, and is the current home to the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). The arena was originally known as Molson Centre from 1996 to 2002. Bell Canada currently has naming rights for the arena. The arena has also held several WWE events, which includes the Survivor Series in 1997, where the infamous Montreal Screwjob between Bret Hart, Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels took place, as well as other pay-per-views including No Way Out in 2003 and Breaking Point.

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