November 25, 2016
In celebration of their long-standing history together, MLSE LIVE named WWE® the newest inductee into its Air Canada Centre ICONS program Sunday evening. The official presentation took place prior to the start of WWE’s Survivor Series® at Air Canada Centre with Stephanie McMahon, WWE®’s Chief Brand Officer and Wayne Zronik, MLSE’s Senior Vice-President of Music and Live Entertainment.
“The impact WWE® has had at Air Canada Centre and in Toronto is remarkable,” said Zronik. “Year after year, they continue to deliver high quality entertainment and we want to pay tribute to the organization, its WWE Superstars® and their incredible fans. Inducting them into Air Canada Centre ICONS is our way of saying thank you.”
This past weekend, Air Canada Centre hosted three consecutive days of WWE® programming beginning with NXT TakeOver® on Saturday, pay-per-view event Survivor Series® on Sunday and RAW® on Monday. Following the weekend’s events, Air Canada Centre has hosted 26 WWE® events over a 15-year period including, 11 RAWs®, six SmackDowns® and one SummerSlam®.
MLSE LIVE introduced Air Canada Centre ICONS in 2015 to commemorate Air Canada Centre’s rich entertainment history. The program, Air Canada Centre ICONS, honours performers who have helped establish the venue as a global entertainment destination through artist recognition. To publicly recognize these iconic artists and to share this celebration with fans, a permanent Air Canada Centre ICONS fixture has been installed in the Galleria showcasing and honouring the names of those inducted. Evaluated by an entertainment industry consortium, iconic performers are inducted based on their outstanding achievement and ongoing contribution to Air Canada Centre and Toronto as a global leader in live entertainment. This consortium is made up of individuals from MLSE LIVE, Live Nation Canada, Bell Media, CARAS, MusiCounts and Rogers Radio.
WWE® joins current inductees Bon Jovi (most sold-out shows), Russell Peters (best-selling comedian), The Tragically Hip (inaugural concert at Air Canada Centre concert and 11 sold-out shows), U2 (most sold-out multi-show runs) and Madonna (top-performing female artist).
For more information about the venue, Air Canada Centre ICONS and upcoming events please visit aircanadacentre.com.
About MLSE LIVE
MLSE LIVE is an entertainment brand that brings all of MLSE’s live endeavors under one digital roof and provide fans with unparalleled insight into Toronto’s most sought-after entertainment events. With three busy venues- Air Canada Centre, BMO Field and Ricoh Coliseum, and a host of marquee events taking place outside of our arenas, MLSE LIVE will consolidate stories and give fans a closer look into Toronto’s most coveted events by providing behind-the-scenes coverage, as well as the opportunity to win once in a lifetime experiences not found anywhere else. Follow along with @MLSELIVE on Twitter and Instagram, /MLSELIVE on Facebook and MLSE Live on Snapchat.
About Air Canada Centre
Air Canada Centre is Canada’s premier sports and entertainment venue and home to the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, NBA’s Toronto Raptors and the NLL’s Toronto Rock. Owned and operated by MLSE, Air Canada Centre opened its doors in February 1999 and has been recognized with more than 40 industry awards highlighting the venue’s security, accessibility, fan service, environmental commitment, sales and box office service. It has also hosted over 39 million fans at over 2,600 events including multiple NHL and NBA playoff runs, the 2016 NHL World Cup of Hockey, 2016 NBA All Star Weekend, 2015 IIHF World U20 Championship, 2003 Liberal Party Convention, 2000 NHL All-Star Game. In 2015, the venue unveiled Air Canada Centre ICONS, a program and permanent fixture commemorating the venue’s rich entertainment history through artist recognition. Air Canada Centre’s external space has also become an entertainment destination with the installation of the Leafs Legends Row, bronzed statues honouring the hockey club’s greatest players, the gathering of thousands of Raptors fans in ‘Jurassic Park’ for each post season game and other significant international events.