As Toronto’s Scotiabank Area undergoes a multi-million dollar renovation, it will see improvements to almost all areas within the venue. From new upgrades to brand new food offerings, the Scotiabank Arena is going all out, including the addition of two new Just Walk Out marketplaces with no checkout lines.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment shared news of its newest venture, the Scotiabank Arena Venue Reimagination project, an investment of over $350 million dollars.
“For 25 years, Scotiabank Arena has been the heartbeat of this city and has established itself as one of the top venues in the world, hosting many of the biggest events in sports and entertainment and creating countless memories,” said Cynthia Devine, Interim President & Chief Executive Officer, MLSE.
“This investment by MLSE’s owners is another important example of their commitment to further building on Scotiabank Arena’s global reputation as well as a commitment to our teams, employees, and most importantly, to our fans.”
In an effort to “further enhance the best-in-class sports and entertainment destination for the future,” MLSE plans to renovate all its areas including concourses, suites, premium clubs, retail spaces, food and drink offerings, state-of-the-art technological innovations, and much more.
This past summer, the Venue Reimagination project fully upgraded Scotiabank Arena’s Mastercard Executive Suites Level and added state-of-the-art technology in select locations.
Part of its renovation includes the addition of Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology in two new marketplaces.
According to MLSE, the technology was developed using artificial intelligence including generative AI, computer vision, and deep learning techniques.
Grains and Greens will be found on the 100 level and Molson Market on the 300 Level. In using this tech, they have essentially eliminated checkout lines as customers enter the marketplaces using their credit cards at the entry gate.
It then detects what fans take or return to the shelves, in turn creating a virtual shopping session. And when they’re all done, customers can simply leave as their card is automatically charged.
Scotiabank Arena will be one of the first venues in Canada to equip the Just Walk Out technology, following in the footsteps of Calgary’s Saddledome which announced its plans with it back in September.
“From concourse innovations, to premium space design, to the storied art on our walls, it was crucial to us to ensure this Scotiabank Arena Venue Reimagination featured improvements that all fans can benefit from,” said Nick Eaves, Chief Venues & Operations Officer, MLSE.
“Beginning with the momentum from the renovations made this past summer, we look forward to unveiling to fans the best-in-class design, technology and overall atmosphere enhancements over the course of this multi-phased project that take our fans’ sports and entertainment experience to even greater heights.”
They’ve changed the way you enjoy your game time snacks at the Scotiabank Arena.