Excitement around the Hershey Centre! The long and beneficial relationship with the Hershey Company will come to an end this July. The new sponsor for the arena and facilities around it will be Paramount Fine Foods. A massive new sign will be installed on the arena and all the catering will be taken over by Paramount. A varied and high quality menu will be available at all the service outlets in the complex.

A second major change will be the termination of the contract for the management of the buildings: concert bookings and staffing, special events like Carrassauga, Concert bookings and a wide array of sports events like Steelheads, Raptors 905 and professional boxing. Management will now be part of the City’s Recreation Department at a savings to the City and the taxpayers.

The ten acre events pad along the east side of the site, adjacent to the 403, was prepared jointly between the City and Cavalia. The $1 million in fees for storm drainage, water and electrical installations and surface were prepared for the Odysseo show which thrilled Mississauga residents with its giant travelling tents, music, equestrian prowess and acrobatics. Now, the City has issued requests for Expressions of Interest for an expansion of the complex to include a permanent, complimentary use. Proposals in the past have included a Water Park with retractable roof and hotel for visiting tournaments, and an entertainment centre with restaurants and pubs. We are expecting some exciting proposals all of which will be shared with the residents of Ward 5 before any decisions are made.