Meridian donates $5.23 million to spectator facility, arena called Meridian Centre
So long, spectator facility. Hello, Meridian Centre.
The new name of the downtown, multi-purpose facility was announced Tuesday afternoon at a ceremony attended by Mayor Brian McMullan, members of City Council, City staff, Bill Maurin, acting president and CEO of Meridian, local area Meridian staff and members of the business community.
Meridian, Ontario’s largest credit union, was given the naming rights in recognition of its $5.23 million contribution to the project, to be paid over the next 25 years.
This donation by Meridian means the minimum fundraising goal set by Council will likely be exceeded.
This commitment builds on Meridian’s strong legacy of supporting local community causes across the Niagara Region, including a $100,000 donation to create the Meridian Room community lounge inside the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre.
Work on the Meridian Centre’s steel structure began in August 2013 and will last for several months.
In November, pre-cast concrete stairs for the facility’s lower-bowl aisles will arrive, while work on the facility’s pedestrian bridges will start later this year.
The Meridian Centre will be fully enclosed early next spring.