Getting to Know Guelph: Sleeman Centre
Welcome to the latest edition of Getting to Know Guelph. In each edition, we'll highlight one area or landmark in the city that deserves some recognition.
In this installment, we highlight the Sleeman Centre.
(If you missed our last edition, you can check it out here!)
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Location: 50 Woolwich St, Guelph, ON N1H 3T9 (See Map)
Originally opening its doors at the Guelph Sports and Entertainment Centre, the Sleeman Centre (as it's known as today) began construction in 1998 before opening to the public in 2000.
The facility has been the home of the Ontario Hockey League's Guelph Storm since it opened and has hosted hundreds of other types of events, including lacrosse, basketball, curling, figure skating, concerts, circus, dance competitions, music festivals, trade shows, public gatherings, and more.
There are two parking garages nearby - one that connects to the mall and the other includes an entrance to the Sleeman Centre. Street parking is also available.
The arena also includes an in-house restaurant, Draught Picks Tap House and Grill. People are allowed to book tables at the restaurant during OHL hockey games along with a ticket to the game, which makes for a great night.
Several private suites surround the Main Bowl within the facility to offer a luxury experience to visitors. Included in these suites are fridges, theatre-style seating, and a hostess assigned to you.
Events are always happening at the Sleeman Centre, and you can find a full list of the upcoming ones here: http://thesleemancentre.com/events/.
If there is a big event to be hosted in town - whether it be a concert, sports competition, or other major happening - the chances are it will be at the Sleeman Centre!
You learn even more about the arena, its history, and its features on their website.
FAST FACT: Guelph Sports and Entertainment Centre was renamed as the Sleeman Centre in 2007 after a local brewery - Sleeman Breweries - sponsored the arena for naming rights through 2020.
Check back next month for the next edition of Getting to Know Guelph. If you have a suggestion, let us know!