Maple Leaf Gardens, a former home of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team and the Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, was purchased by the National Sports Group in 2012 for $32 million dollars, approximately $10 million less than the historical baseball team the Toronto Blue Jays paid for it in 2005. The National Sports Group, an iconic name in the Canadian sporting scene, has already unveiled plans to refurbish and reopen the beloved arena. Now the downtown property’s future looks pretty bright, which is pretty much everything one would want from a sports arena: wealth, buzz, local pride and soon a new generation of Leafs fans will have a new place to watch their heroes play. Let’s see how much we know about the building that housed so many greats and famous faces.
What’s the selling price?
According to the Globe and Mail, $32 million
How big is the building?
930,000 square feet
What is Maple Leaf Gardens’ current status?
The building, located at 66 Front Street West, has sat mostly abandoned since being purchased by the National Sports Group in 2012. In 2015, Bloomberg reported that in addition to the $32 million purchase price, National Sports Group had to find $35 million to remove “old plumbing and electrical” systems.
What was the number of Stanley Cups won in Maple Leaf Gardens?
What was the number of NHL Stanley Cups won by the Leafs?
What was the number of Stanley Cups won by the Blackhawks?
How many times has Toronto hosted the NHL All-Star Game?
What was the number of national figure skating medals won by Canadian athletes at the Winter Olympics?
Do the Leafs play in a new building?
Where else has the Maple Leaf Gardens been used for public events?
The building has seen a few famous events, such as concerts by the Rolling Stones, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, and Bluesfest. The building was also used as a television studio for “Dragon’s Den,” “Howie Mandel’s Deal or No Deal,” and “Deal or No Deal — The Chase.”
Have former stars been spotted in the building?
The summer of 2017 saw more well-known faces, like Michael Jackson and Martha Stewart, take the stage at the temporary Michael Jackson: One Night Only.
Is the inside of the building also part of the history?
Yes, in 1988, Maple Leaf Gardens was considered to be one of the most haunted venues in North America, according to a report on Edmonton Journal. The myth surrounding the structure comes from its long history of arson and celebrities. In 1986, former “Good Morning America” anchor Barbara Walters told her CBS Morning News colleagues that Toronto was a city that would kill you and she was right. When “Good Morning America” moved to Central Park to be showcased in that year’s “Park” episode, the Metro Toronto Convention & Visitors Bureau sent a security guard to the location to ensure a fake murderer and his family were not harmed. A year later, “Montreal Journal” correspondent Jessica Blais came face-to-face with the alleged serial arsonist, the late Dwayne Tillman, at Maple Leaf Gardens. Tillman had confessed to killing 12 women, but the crime was never solved. During a question-and-answer session in May 2018, Canadian “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek also spoke about his fear of “someone coming in and setting the house on fire,” but promised, “I will not let it happen.”
So how much do you know about Maple Leaf Gardens?