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Address: 101 York Blvd, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 3L4, Canada
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Smaller concert venue - good sight lines and acoustics

We went to the James Taylor concert at the First Ontario Centre (FOC) in May. The show was great- acoustics were good and the amenities were adequate. We had dinner before the... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2016
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

We went to the James Taylor concert at the First Ontario Centre (FOC) in May. The show was great- acoustics were good and the amenities were adequate. We had dinner before the show at Gibson's Lounge within the FOC premises - we had to have our show tickets scanned before we could get to Gibson's. It's a very convenient location... More 

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3 Thank DD_Zen
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

This venue was great for Cirque du Soleil (Toruk). It's small enough that all seats provided a great view. So much easier to get to (and cheaper to park!) than going to Toronto. Seats aren't very comfortable, but tolerable for a two hour show. Weighing out the pros and cons, I choose this over Toronto, hands down!

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016

At a recent James Taylor show, l purchased special advance Amex seating that was close to the stage, and expected to really enjoy the venue... What l didn't realize until after l had purchased the tickets, was that First Ontario Centre is formerly Copps Coliseum. My great seats turned out to be temporary seating JAMMED onto the floor of the... More 

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Barrie, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Nice little arena for skating events! Went for Stars on Ice, and was a great venue. No real issues, just smaller than other arenas (a little). Nice how there is a mall right next to it though!

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Oshawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016

We went for the Garth Brooks concert that was there recently. The show was amazing! But moving through the halls of FOC or trying to find parking or trying to buy a drink or use the rest rooms... They don't have enough facilities to match up with that amount of people they can have in to fill the seats. That... More 

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1 Thank M H
Smithville, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016

I'm giving this venue a two out of five, simply because of the ridiculous hassle it takes to get into the building. This is the second time I've been to this venue to see a concert, and both experiences were very similar. We bought two sets of tickets for the concert we attended last week. One set for us, the... More 

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Dundas, Canada
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Reviewed 28 March 2016

I haven't been to a venue with worst acoustics. The sound bounces around and around and you don't even know who's playing after a while. Do NOT go to a concert here. It is worse than any other hockey arena for concerts....just echoes off the concrete.

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Barrie, Canada
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Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

We have seen 3 concerts here (Springsteen, Shania, Garth) with good Sears at each. Acoustics are good and stage setup affords decent view from most seats. Access and speed of entry/ exit is good. Only drawback is confused and scattered parking. City lots appear on google which helps. Would certainly return. Pre concert restaurants very limited .

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Thank moncoer
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016

I loved the concert, but, trying to get money from the ATM was ridiculous. There were some vendors who took cash only. There should be WAY more ATM machines. When you finally found one, there were at least 20 people in line. The quality of the machine was horrible, it was way too slow. The venue is nice, but, they... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

Great place for a concert. However they need more bank machines, especially since many vendors were taking cash only. The THREE machines they had (for 14000ish people) were very slow as well, with only 5 people in front of me it took over 20 minutes to get money

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