In December of 2009, the dream to convert Maple Leaf Gardens into Ryerson University's new athletic facility was set into action. The renowned hockey shrine was gutted in January of 2010, and the carefully preserved exterior walls, original roof, and legendary rafters, were all that remained of the monument that was originally built in 1931. Still standing proudly at the corner of Church and Carlton, the building with a remarkable past now had a significant and very exciting future. In November of the following year, a state of the art Loblaws opened its doors on the lower level of Maple Leaf Gardens, and the community of Toronto saw the success in bringing the Historical landmark back to life. Shoppers and passerby eagerly peeked through frosted windows to see what else was coming to life inside The Gardens. As seasons changed, the steadfast progress of the transition powered forward, and the vision that would become the Mattamy Athletic Centre began to take shape.
With renovations underway on all levels simultaneously, the building transformed. As flooring was laid inside the multi-purpose court, concrete set in preparation for the ice; as dry wall went up, scaffolding came down. With each passing day, the dream was one step closer to a reality.
Over the past three years, between four distinct floors, meticulous planning and innovative ideas were executed to accomplish a goal that so many generous, hard working hands helped to build. The result is what you see around you; a breathtaking facility that honours the old, and celebrates the new. Modern amenities decorated with the vibrant blue and gold of the Ryerson Rams, and modest concrete walls surrounding excited fans, just as they did 81 years ago.
ARCHITECTS (Base building)
Turner Fleischer Architects Inc.
ARCHITECTS (Ryerson fit up)
BBB Architects Inc.