|Profile: Air Canada Center|
|Monday, 28 June 2010 21:13|
Location: Toronto, ON
Fans betting on sports teams have always wondered if switching home arenas will make a difference for their team's success or demise. After 43 years and two home arenas fans betting on the Toronto Maple Leafs for a Stanley Cup run seem more ambitious than ever before. Although moving into the Air Canada Center on February 19th 1999, the Toronto Maple Leafs has sported one of the worst home records since the NHL had its lockout in 2004-2005.
The Air Canada Center is a multisport and events arena located in Toronto, Ontario Canada. It is owned by Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, and is home to their franchises, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto Rock. From 2001-2002, the ACC was also home to the now defunct Toronto Phantoms of the Arena Football League. For sporting events, the ACC can hold close to 20,000 and for concerts it holds just under 19,000.
Aside from sporting events and concerts, the ACC has also been home to numerous wrestling events. The ACC succeeded Maple Leaf Gardens as the home arena for the legendary Toronto Maple Leafs. As noted earlier, the Leafs have not enjoyed much success at the ACC and as a result have missed the playoffs for the past six years. Prior to the strike in 2004-2005, the Leafs had made the playoffs in each season since the ACC was built in 1999. As well they had flirted with championship success at the ACC by entering two conference finals at home.
Along with the sports teams and concerts which have been held at the Air Canada Center, the center has also been home to a variety of political conventions. For instance in 2003 the Canadian Liberal party then run by Paul Martin, held their convention at the ACC. Also in 2015, the ACC will play host to the Pan American Games.
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