Winnipeg arena name reworked after Bell MTS merger

WINNIPEG — The home of the National Hockey League Winnipeg Jets is getting a new name.

After 13 years as MTS Centre, the downtown arena is being renamed Bell MTS Place.

The change reflects the recent takeover by Bell Canada of MTS. There are no other changes to MTS’s naming agreement that expires in 2021.

Jets co-owner Mark Chipman says since there is already a Bell Centre in Montreal, using the word “place” in the new moniker avoids any potential confusion.

The arena opened in 2004 and was initially home to the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.

In 2011, the Jets moved in after being relocated from Atlanta.

“It’s been an era where building name changes have been common. I think we’re one of the longest-standing-name buildings in the country and we’re really proud of that,” Chipman said Tuesday.

“I love the fact that Bell has kept the MTS name as a part of their name going forward.”

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