Meridian Centre, St. Catharines, Ontario
The new City of St. Catharines spectator facility includes a U-shaped bowl with 5,036 fixed seats and a three-level scheme with event, concourse and suites levels. Amenities include dressing room facilities for home and visitor teams, concessions, retail space, a hall of fame and administrative space. The design also features two significant entry points via two pedestrian bridges that will connect the building to St. Paul Street, acting as both symbolic and physical links to the downtown area. The facility will host a range of entertainment and event offerings and is the new home of the Ontario Hockey League’s Niagara IceDogs.
The transparent public entry towers, lobbies and lounges welcome the public approaching the building from the upper town or from the lower level streets. The overall building, although large, has a distinctive sculptural roof form that is visible from the upper vantage point of St. Paul Street as well as from the approach roads to the East of the site. The massing and articulation of the east façade on McGuire Street is reminiscent of the rhythm of the narrow buildings seen from the rear of the St. Paul Street properties. The Meridian Centre is grounded in the City’s rich Downtown history and is a major catalyst in the City’s downtown revitalization strategies and aspirations. It is a project of civic pride and a landmark in the community, acting as a gateway that strengthens the City’s vision for a new cultural and entertainment precinct.