By on October 9, 2016

General Motors Centre

General Motors may have committed to its Oshawa assembly facilities, but it’s a different story for the city’s main arena.

General Motors Centre, a 10-year-old facility in Oshawa, will see its name change after another company secured naming rights.

According to, the arena will be renamed Tribute Communities Centre on November 1st.

In 2006, General Motors of Canada paid $775,000 in cash rights over 10 years. GM gave the facility another $872,000 in “indirect financial benefits,” reported Oshawa This Week.

The deal with Tribute Communities, an Ontario-based home builder, is “substantially more” than the deal the arena had with General Motors, said Oshawa Mayor John Henry to

Specific dollar amounts were not disclosed.

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10 Comments on “Oshawa Arena to Drop General Motors’ Name Nov. 1...”

  • avatar

    I can’t wait to continue calling it “The GM Center” for the rest of my life. If everyone else in Oshawa actually call it by its new name if GM leaves it would be a trend breaker from when every other stadium or arena here changes their name.

  • avatar
    Trucky McTruckface

    “Tribute Communities Center,” what a clunker of a corporate name. About on par with the Reds’ “Great American Ballpark” but not nearly as awful as the White Sox’ new name, “Guaranteed Rate Field,” because nothing says “winning” like being sponsored by a subprime mortgage lender with a big red arrow pointing down in its logo.

    It’s bad enough that taxpayers get saddled with paying for these stadiums for years, team owners and local governments add insult to injury by saddling them with stupid names like this.

  • avatar

    Ya write. cheque, ya get your name over the door.

  • avatar

    If you happen to be a ball fan, the Texas Rangers will be playing the Toronto Blue Jays, at the Rogers Center tonight. Originally it was the Sky Dome built in 1989 with 500 million of mostly taxpayers money. Sold for 25 mil to Mr Rogers. Labatts originally owned the Blue Jaysl , named after their most popular beer. Now it belongs to , wait for it…..Rogers

    In an earlier time, Mr Rogers had exclusive rights to cable TV. The alternative at that time was an antenna . Worked well if you lived within range of the US stations . If not, you had one CBC channel. Rogers made a fortune, go figure.

    The former CEO of Rogers, is now the Mayor of Toronto. He seceded Rob Ford.

    As George Carlin once said “its a great big club, and your not a member.”

    • 0 avatar

      I still call the SkyDome the SkyDome. I’m not the only one.

      The name changes are monuments to corporate hubris, and frankly, I’m glad to stick it to whomever’s ego is writing those cheques by still referring to “Pantages Theatre”, “Exhibition stadium”, the “Skydome” and the “Automotive Building”.

    • 0 avatar

      Always be the Sky Dome to me, I hate Rogers and their total monopoly on so much in Ontario. Will never call it Rogers centre, screw Rogers and the political process that made them what they are.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    Is GM reducing its exposure just in case an unpopular decision needs to be made?

    I mean with GM placating UNIFOR by shipping Silverado’s to have mirrors fitted or whatever appears to be nearing curtain time.

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