Maple Leaf Gardens is a former indoor arena in Toronto, on the northwest corner of Carlton Street and Church Street, former home of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs.
As the last surviving edifice from the days of Hockey’s “Original Six,” Maple Leaf Gardens, is an historical shrine in the city of Toronto and in the world of hockey. Built in 1931 with Conn Smythe’s leadership and influence, the Gardens was an architectural wonder of its time, being built in less than six months. On opening night, seat prices ranged from $.95 to $2.95 – a far cry from the inflated prices people currently pay to see the Leafs play. Since then it has seen 11 Stanley Cup victories by the Leafs.
The Gardens opened on November 12th, 1931, with the Maple Leafs losing 2–1 to the Chicago Blackhawks. Reported attendance on opening night was 13,542. The Leafs would go on to win their first Stanley Cup that season. The last Maple Leafs game played there was also against the Blackhawks on February 13th, 1999.
The first annual NHL All-Star Game was also held at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1947.
This venerable arena owns the most incredible sports attendance record of any in the world: Since 1946 there hasn’t been a single unsold seat in the house up until 1999, and that’s when the Maple Leafs relocated to a new arena now known as the Air Canada Centre.
Maple Leaf Gardens history
Last Game at the Garden, intro and Pre-Game