(Photo: Night at the rink by Alain Villeneuve via the OttawaStart Flickr group)
(Via City of Ottawa)
Ottawa – There is a lot of hockey excitement going on in Ottawa on Saturday, December 16 and the City of Ottawa wants to make sure you arrive at your destination safely and on time. If you are going to the Scotiabank NHL100 Classic, plan ahead for long security screening lines, arrive early and expect traffic delays. Visit ottawa.ca for a complete list of traffic impacts and transit options.
Whether you are an Ottawa Senators fan or a Montreal Canadiens fan, your best bet is to take transit to Lansdowne Park for the 7 p.m. game or the 1 p.m. pre-game party in the Aberdeen Pavilion. Plan your trip by reviewing the transit schedule on octranspo.com and traffic impacts on ottawa.ca.
Take the bus to the NHL 100 Classic (Saturday, December 16)
Your Scotiabank NHL100 Classic game ticket is also your unlimited pass to free transit on OC Transpo and STO starting three hours before and continuing until three hours after the game. Para Transpo fares are also included in your event ticket price. Please book your trip as normal. For additional information, please visit octranspo.com.
Just like any Redblacks football game day, and like last month’s Grey Cup Game day, there are shuttle options you can take to get to the Scotiabank NHL100 Classic hockey game.
- Direct buses from OC Transpo Park and Rides
- All 450-series routes will be in service starting at 4 p.m. (three hours prior to the game)
- The 450-series service will be provided for two hours after the end of the game
- Special event (yellow bus) shuttles departing from
- Canada Post Headquarters
- Vincent Massey Park
- City Hall
Getting to Parliament Hill
There are activities taking place on Parliament Hill at the Canada 150 Rink throughout the weekend. OC Transpo Routes 6 and 7 travel frequently between Lansdowne Park and Parliament Hill and there will be increased service to meet the anticipated demand.
Getting to the Ottawa 67s game (Sunday, December 17)
Ticketholders for the Ottawa 67s game on Sunday, December 17, can use transit for free starting three hours before and continuing until three hours after the game. Just show your printed or e-ticket to the operator. STO will provide direct service to Lansdowne from the Robert-Guertin Centre.
Road closures (Saturday, December 16)
Traffic will be very slow around Lansdowne before and after the game. Come down and enjoy yourself but expect delays. If you are not going to the Scotiabank NHL100 Classic festivities, please try to avoid driving in the area.
- Bank Street will be closed to all vehicles and bicycles between Sunnyside Drive and Fifth Avenue between 3:30 p.m. and midnight. Pedestrians only will be permitted at this time. Cyclists will have to dismount and walk their bikes through the closure zone.
- Queen Elizabeth Drive will be closed between Preston Street and Somerset Street between 9 p.m. and midnight.
- Monk Street will be closed to all vehicles and active cycling between 3:30 p.m. and midnight.
Parking Prohibited (Saturday, December 16):
- Bank Street from Chamberlain Avenue to Riverdale Avenue
- Bronson Avenue from Hwy 417 to Sunnyside Avenue
- Monk Street from Fifth Avenue to Wilton Crescent
- Fifth Avenue from Lyon Street South to O’Connor Street
- Lisgar Street from Elgin Street to easterly end
- Sections of Holmwood Avenue, O’Connor Street, Chamberlain Avenue and Wilton Crescent
Parking at Lansdowne
There will be bicycle parking available at Lansdowne. Parking for motorized vehicles at Lansdowne the day of the game is limited.
Ottawa Police advise that there will be an increase in police presence in Ottawa due to the NHL100 Classic. Residents and visitors are reminded that if you see something suspicious, report it to a police officer.
Sometimes emergency responders are needed in large crowds. If this happens, please move out of the way and follow their instructions.
Have a game plan for a safe ride home. Celebrate responsibly and don’t drive impaired by drugs or alcohol.
For more information about the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic visit nhl.com/100classic.
This press release was edited for clarity.