City of Mississauga, Steelheads announce new five-year lease agreement

Michael McLeod and the Mississauga Steelheads. (Photo by Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The Mississauga Steelheads won’t be going anywhere in the near future.

The City of Mississauga and the OHL team announced a new five-year arena lease agreement on Tuesday.

“I am very pleased that we were able to finalize a Hershey Centre agreement with the City of Mississauga,” Steelheads President and owner Elliott Kerr said in a press release. “The City continues to be a valuable partner and we are very appreciative of their support.”

The city also announced recently that the arena, currently known as the Hershey Centre, will be renamed Paramount Fine Foods Centre on July 1.

“Mississauga is a city that proudly supports its sports clubs from grassroots to professional,” Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services, said in a statement. “Mississauga has been home to the OHL for 20 years and we are pleased that this proud tradition will continue under this new agreement with the Mississauga Steelheads.”

The Hershey Centre was built in 1998 and was originally the home of the Mississauga IceDogs, which eventually moved to Niagara. The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors called the arena home from 2007-12, and the franchise changed its name to Steelheads following the sale by Eugene Melnyk to its current owner.

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