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September 28, 2010 15:46 ET

BMO Puts Its Brand on New 4-Pad Arena in the Halifax Regional Municipality

BMO Centre Scheduled to Open Early November

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 28, 2010) - Halifax Regional Municipality and BMO Financial Group today announced that BMO has acquired the naming rights for the next ten years for the new four-rink arena in Bedford.

"My colleagues and I in Halifax Regional Municipality are thrilled to be associated with this state-of-the-art sports and recreational facility that will enable young people and the community to enjoy their favourite sports, including ice hockey, figure skating, sledge hockey, ball hockey and volleyball," said Steve Murphy, Senior Vice President, Atlantic Provinces Division, BMO Bank of Montreal. "The BMO Centre in HRM is the latest example of BMO's commitment to supporting community life across Canada and providing additional recreational opportunities for local residents."

"We're pleased to be working with BMO - a great supporter nationally, regionally and locally - to bring this wonderful new facility to the residents of HRM. This is yet another great example of how the private and public sector can work together to the ultimate benefit of the community," said HRM Mayor, Peter Kelly.

About BMO Centre:

  • $40 million dollar, 160,000 square-feet complex featuring four NHL-size ice surfaces, with one arena seating more than 500 people;
  • Complex also includes four competition beach volleyball courts, a fully accessible ice surface designed to accommodate sledge hockey as well as a sports retail store and food and beverage areas;
  • Youth sport given priority, with approximately one-third of ice-time allocated to female sport;
  • Building is LEED Silver equivalent, and features complete heat recovery system designed to maximize energy efficiency.

"Putting our distinctive BMO Blue on this exceptional facility is one more way of demonstrating our commitment to HRM where we have been doing business and contributing to community life since 1867," added Laura Charlton, Vice President, Nova Scotia District, BMO Bank of Montreal.

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