The Insider's Game Day: Ottawa Senators

A group of Ottawa Senators ice hockey players celebrate success

Photo credit: Andrea Cardin, Ottawa Tourism

The original team won 11 Stanley cups between 1917 and 1934, rebooted as a new NHL franchise in the early 1990s, and continues to be one of the most beloved hockey teams in Canada.

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Canadian Tire Centre

The Ottawa Senators’ home stadium, the Canadian Tire Centre, offers a classic game day experience with merch shops, concession stands and restaurants to fill the time between periods and pass-backs. At the Sens Store, you can find all your Ottawa Senators merchandise including hockey pucks, jerseys, t-shirts and other souvenirs. Enjoy all the classic game day concession snacks like hot dogs or burgers, as well poutine, a Canadian classic or international fare like egg rolls.

You can even get Canada’s favourite cocktail from Mott’s Clamato in section 209. There are several sit-down restaurant options, with large screens so you don’t miss a minute of the action. After the game, head over to Bell Sensplex for a minor league game or to watch the Ottawa Senators practice. And join the rowdy parade down Sens Mile, just in front of the arena, during tournaments and after big wins.

Find out more about the stadium, including accessibility services, guests facilities, bilingual information, first aid and more with the Canadian Tire Centre Guide.

How to Get to the Canadian Tire Centre

Located at 1000 Palladium Drive in Ottawa’s Kanata neighbourhood, the Canadian Tire Centre is easily accessible by public transit or by car, whether you're coming from downtown Ottawa or further afield.

By Bus: Take OC Transpo routes 404 or 405 to the Canadian Tire Centre.

By Car: From downtown Ottawa, take the Queensway to Palladium Drive. From the south, take highways 31, 416, or 417 to Palladium Drive. From the west, take highways 7, 17, or 417 to the Palladium Drive exit. Paid parking is available onsite.

Where to Buy Ottawa Senators Tickets

The best place to buy Ottawa Senators tickets is directly at NHL.com, where you can secure season tickets, suites or group passes. Call the number or use the chat function for specific queries, otherwise, just pick your seat and purchase. You can even use NHL.com to check what your view will look like right from your seat. The Canadian Tire Centre also sells Sens tickets online through Ticketmaster.

Tips to Have the Best Fan Experience

As Canada's capital city team, the Ottawa Senators have a local and national fanbase that spans generations. Sens fans call themselves the Sens Army and hail to their mascot of a lion, called Spartacat. If you want to go the extra mile as a fan, brush up on your Scottish highland dancing before attending a Sens game, the team often incorporates music by the Sons of Scotland Pipes and Drums into their game days and feature dancers on the ice. Or dress up in Roman-esque clothing to blend in with the rest of the Sens Army. When the Sens were revived as an NHL franchise, their new logo became a Roman centurion – a more intimidating figure than a traditional senator in a toga.

And pay a visit to Bert’s, a sports bar located inside the arena that has become the unofficial Sens Army headquarters. The pub  features live music each weekend night and extra delicious burgers and stone-fired pizzas, as well as 23 high-definition TVs to watch the game so passionate Sens fans don’t miss a moment.
 

Last updated: November 4, 2021

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