About Us

Owned and operated by the City of Sault Ste. Marie, the Essar Centre opened its doors in 2006. As Northern Ontario's premier Sports and Entertainment Facility, the Essar Centre provides a top notch home to the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League, and serves as a multi-sporting complex, venue for entertainment, tradeshows, conferences and much more.

The Essar Centre spreads over one full block in Sault Ste. Marie's downtown district, and is close to shopping centres, hotels, restaurants and entertainment.

Our facility is fully accessible, equipped with elevators and ramps.

Since opening, the Essar Centre has hosted major concerts and special events including Elton John, Cirque du Soleil, KISS, 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Brad Paisley, Bryan Adams, Neil Young, 2012 CARHA World Hockey Championships, Jerry Seinfeld, Motley Crue, Mamma Mia, NHL preseason game Buffalo Sabres vs. Carolina Hurricanes, and the 2016 World U17 Hockey Challenge; just to name a few! For a full listing of major concerts and special events, see the Event History.

The Essar Centre is flexible in seating capacity, and can host events which require seating from 1,000 to 6,100.

Inside, the Essar Centre is equipped with an in-venue full-service kitchen and restaurant, executive suites, special event and meeting room rental space and five private dressing rooms.