The John Labatt Centre is one of the newest sports entertainment venues in Canada. Located in London, Ontario this venue is one of the largest in the entire area. The John Labatt Centre opened its doors on October 11, 2002, and since then has hosted thousands of sporting events, concerts, and other shows.
The John Labatt Centre is often times referred to as "JLC" by people who live in the area. This venue is named after John Labatt who founded the Labatt Brewery. The main reason for the construction of the John Labatt Centre was to be the home of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. Additionally, the Western Mustangs Men's Hockey Team also calls the John Labatt Centre home.
Although this venue does not have any major sports tenants, it does not have any problems staying busy throughout the course of the year. During a hockey game, the John Labatt Centre can hold approximately 9,000 fans. For concerts this number is about the same, and when it goes into theatre mode 3,000 people can still fit comfortably.
In only a few short years the John Labatt Centre has seen many great memories. In 2005 the London Knights capped off a spectacular season with a championship, and this venue was one of the reasons why.
And in addition to the hockey games, it has also been the stage for many popular concerts including: Cher, Shania Twain, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Willie Nelson, The Who, Deep Purple, Elton John, Bob Dylan, and many more.
The John Labatt Centre is consistently recognized world wide for its high ticket sales, and user friendly environment. With so much to offer, it is easy to see why the JLC has become so popular.