If you’re a visiting hockey fan in Toronto, chances are you’ll be eager to see the Maple Leafs in action. While getting your ticket to Scotiabank Arena is high on the agenda, the city’s rich celebration of hockey gives rink lovers the chance to get closer to the game than ever before.
Indeed, seeing the NHL is just part of the fun. You could decide to immerse yourself in the history of the game at the magnificent Hockey Hall of Fame or take the opportunity to witness the next generation of stars by watching the Toronto Marlies in the AHL at the Coca-Cola Coliseum.
There’s even great junior action to enjoy with the Mississauga Steelheads in the Ontario Hockey League or you could get your skates on and hit the ice for a game with Hockey Toronto which organises events and opportunities throughout the year.
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The atmosphere inside the stadium on game day is electric. While William Hill hockey betting sees the team as an outsider for the Championship with odds of +750 to win the Eastern Conference, and +1500 to take home the coveted Stanley Cup, the Maple Leafs remain one of the most exciting teams to watch with more goals scored than any other side in the NHL coming into 2020.
And aside from seeing the action on the ice, you’ve got great dining options within the stadium such as Hogtown Gourmet Hotdogs, Sully’s Poutine and fan-favorite Pizza Pizza Speciality Slices. Wash it all down with a beer at Draught Deck or the Molson Canadian Brewhouse.
Formerly the Real Sports Bar and Grill, the venue has enjoyed a thorough makeover, including a redesign of its interior and updated menu. Set close to Scotiabank, it’s the ideal place for a pre-game meal or post-game celebration. Boasting a huge 36-foot screen behind the bar, you can enjoy nachos, wings and, of course, poutine while you take in the latest major sports game.
A culinary and entertainment destination in its own right, Real Sports is distinctive in its combination of international cuisine – from pizza to smoked brisket and pulled jackfruit – with sports entertainment as more than 100 screens complement the grand central bar’s cinema screen.
Hockey Hall Of Fame
Opened in 1943, the Hockey Hall of Fame is a museum dedicated to celebrating the heritage of the sport and preserving its history within 15 exhibit areas across 60,000 square feet. Hockey memorabilia, kit and jerseys from all over the world are housed here, including the Stanley Cup itself.
As well as showcasing the talents of the inductees to the hall of fame, visitors can also test their skills against the best goalies and shooters in state-of-the-art interactive games, re-watch some of the greatest matches and call the play-by-play, and watch Stanley’s Game Seven, an innovative 3D film.
If you love sports, you’ll love Rogers Center. Home to MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays, you can catch a baseball game here during the summer season or alternatively enjoy the Tour Experience year-round.
This one-hour guided walk takes visitors throughout the magnificent stadium, introducing you to its varied history as you learn about how it can transform its configuration to accommodate baseball, football and music concerts. A unique tour, you’ll see how the view varies at different points around Rogers Center as well as go behind the scenes in the press box and exclusive players’ lounge.
For the hockey fan visiting Toronto, there are lots of things to enjoy in addition to catching the Maple Leafs in action at Scotiabank. From getting to know more about the game to hitting the ice yourself, the city offers much to entertain. Yet, as Toronto’s love of sport extends to baseball, basketball, soccer and others, it gives fans an eclectic mix of delights.