WATCH: Laval's Place Bell is inaugurated

Laval's Place Bell has officially opened.

The new sports complex will serve as the home of The Rockets AHL team, (the Canadiens' farm tream), a concert venue, a training site for competitive athletes.

The complex houses three rinks, including an Olympic-size rink, which seats 10,000 people. 

Evenko will be heavily involved in managing the events at the facility, and said it hopes to bring many cultural events and shows to the site in the coming years. The inaugural show will be OVO by Cirque du Soleil Sept. 13-17.

A 43,000-square foot commercial space will also include restaurants and other services including a gym.

The City of Laval owns the building, which they say came in on time and under budget. Laval Mayor Marc Demers said he’s proud to see the complex open its doors.

"It’s important on the economic side, but most of all, what I’m proud of is our children will be here seven days a week practicing their sport, their passion, and be sitting beside professional hockey players and Olympic athletes,” he said.

Montreal Canadiens owner and CEO Geoff Molson said he looks forward to seeing the AHL team in action.

Place Bell will host open houses Friday and Saturday, then will officially be open to the public.

 

-With files from CTV News