Meridian Centre St. Catharines

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Meridian Centre St. Catharines

It is official! The grand opening of the new Meridian Centre in St. Catharines is happening on Saturday, October 11th. Doors open at 10am and the ribbon cutting ceremony happens at 10:30am. Self-guided tours will run until 5pm that day.

Check out the arena as of yesterday. It is so close to completion. Check out the Construction Cam.







This arena seats 6,000 people for concerts and events and 5,000 people for hockey games. And speaking of hockey games, the Meridian Centre is the new home of the Niagara IceDogs. Be in the stands when the first puck drops in the new arena on Thursday, October 16th. The IceDogs will be playing against the Belleville Bulls.  Purchase your tickets today!

Become part of history when City and Colour plays the inaugural concert at the Meridian Centre. Purchase your tickets on Ticket Master.

The Tragically Hip is also scheduled to perform in February, with tickets going on sale on October 18th on Ticket Master.

Hockey Canada and the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association announced that the Meridian Centre will be home to the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in January 2016. This is the first time that this event will take place in Ontario. Yesterday, Natalie Spooner, 2014 Canadian Olympic Champion for Women’s Hockey was at the Meridian Centre for the exciting announcement.

Be part of the action and start planning your getaway to Niagara today. Stay in the heart of Niagara Falls at the Courtyard by Marriott. Located just 10 minutes from the new Meridian Centre and footsteps from Niagara Falls, both Casinos and many Niagara attractions, the Courtyard by Marriott is one of the top four-star Niagara Falls Hotels.



Are you fast enough to become the Red Bull Crashed Ice 2013 Champion?

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Red Bull Crashed Ice is on a mission to find Canada’s most daring athletes to take on this extreme ice cross downhill challenge. From September 4th until September 30th, fearless male and female athletes from across the country are invited to register online for their chance to participate in one of the 12 qualifying events that will take place across Canada in October. Check out the video to see if you have what it takes?

NEW THIS YEAR: Even though there are two Canadian stops, athletes will only have one chance to compete in the 2013 world championship, with one registration process and one round of qualifiers for both Canadian stops.

A lottery will randomly select 200 men and 20 women (per qualifying city) to participate in each qualifying event, which consists of individual speed trials on a traditional ice-hockey surface. Red Bull Crashed Ice will also allow 50 walk-up spots per qualifying city (as time permits and registration allows). The 50 walk-ups (first come, first serve) will join the 200 men and 20 women selected via the lottery eligible to take part in the qualifiers as they all vie to skate into Niagara Falls.

The top participants from each qualifier (100 men and 20 women in total) who demonstrate the best speed, skill, agility, and strength will earn a spot to battle to the bottom of the massive ice course in Niagara Falls, ON. After the race in Niagara Falls on December 1st, the top 64 Canadian men and 16 women will earn their spot for the season finale race in Quebec City.

This is a once in a lifetime event. Don’t miss out!

If you are one of the “chosen” ones or want to watch one of THE top Niagara Falls Events of the year, be sure to stay at one of the best Niagara Falls hotel, the Niagara Falls Courtyard by Marriott. We are located in the “centre of it all” and just 10 minutes from the Red Bull Crashed Ice 2013 action.

Red Bull Crashed Ice Niagara Falls is Definitely a Go

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Extreme Sports Enthusiasts, get ready one of the biggest Niagara Falls events this year. The Red Bull Crashed Ice Event is coming to Niagara Falls on December 1st, 2012.

This is a free public event featuring 64 amateur athletes from around the world, fighting to be crowned the 2013 Red Bull Crashed Ice Champion.

Imagine racing down a 540 metre downhill ice cross track at 60 km/hour on hockey skates! Do you have what it takes?

Niagara Falls will be the first city to start off this Red Bull Crashed Ice 2012/2013 Global World tour:

Niagara Falls: December 1st, 2012

St. Paul, MN: January 26th, 2012

Russia: February 16th, 2013

Switzerland: March 2nd, 2013

Quebec City: March 16, 2013

Come watch this sport live!

Check out Rick Mercer testing out the Red Bull Crashed Ice track in Quebec City. Be part of the action at the Red Bull Crashed Ice Niagara Falls event.

Book your accommodations at the Niagara Falls Courtyard by Marriott soon and be part of Niagara Falls extreme sport history. Our 2 Night Package offers the most value and includes: accommodations for 2 night, breakfast for the duration of your stay, Dinner Voucher and Shuttle Passes.

The countdown begins, only 9 days left until Red Bull Crashed Ice Crashes Niagara Falls.

CBC Hockey Night in Canada Play On Niagara Falls Tournament

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Be part of Canadian hockey history! Get front row seats to CBC’s Hockey Night
in Canada’s Play On Ball Hockey National Championship Tournament, which is happening right in our Victoria Avenue neighbourhood in Niagara Falls from September 28th – 29th. Winners will hoist the Redwood Cup and be recognized on National CBC Television as Canada’s Greatest Street Hockey Players.

76 teams from across Canada will be vying for the top prize over the course of two days as 11 rinks will be set up right on Victoria Avenue, just footsteps from the Niagara Falls Courtyard by Marriott hotel. We are one of the closest Clifton Hill hotels to this spectacular Niagara Falls Event.

The playoffs will begin Saturday morning at 8 a.m, with single elimination games until the women’s championship game, scheduled for 4 p.m., and the men’s final, scheduled for 5 p.m. The finals will be broadcasted on CBC and Scott Hill, National Program Director said he expects up to 10,000 people to be in attendance throughout the two days. “I think Niagara is going to be shocked at the magnitude of this. Niagara Falls was selected because it is a world-class tourism destination and because the street location perfectly meets event technical requirements. We are so grateful to the City of Niagara Falls for making this event possible, and to the CBC for its commitment to host Sports Day in Canada from the tournament.” said Hill.

Championship Purse: $25,000 for men, and $5000 for women.

Games are 30 minutes or first to 15 goals.

Free giveaways and samples for fans.

Admission is free.

The best seats to watch the game are at T.G.I. Friday’s, located right next door to the Niagara Falls Courtyard by Marriott. Cheer on your team wtih an ice cold pitcher of domestic beer and a pound of wings for only $15.99.

Looking for the best Niagara Falls hotel deals? Book your accommodations today at the Niagara Falls Courtyard by Marriott. Space is very limited for this weekend event.