Major Spectator Sports Arena now called Hershey Centre

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In 1996 Linda Pinizzotto created a consortium of high power corporate firms for the development of a $70 million dollar facility in the City of Mississauga, Ontario Canada.  The first of its kind with a win -win situation for the City to involve a Public-Private Ownership.  The development would involve 70 acres of land, a major spectator arena with 3 additional community rinks, a sports complex, hotel, baseball and soccer fields and a major hotel chain.  The site included a stream of winter garden’s collonade, forest canopy with trails for jogging, vita par-cour, leisure walks “keukenhof” style and an entertainment terrace.  The future bridge would link to a public gardens and another ice complex directly across the street.  This site involved a fountain of pools for the summer transforming to community skating ice rinks in the winter.  Visual Axis to the site from major highways 403 and 410 were an added benefit.  


Build a Arena Complex Development

The Consortium was spearheaded by Linda Pinizzotto, CEO – Owner P3 Sports Entertainment.  Our $70 million dollar bid was to designed a Major Spectator Sports and Entertainment Facility.   It was designed to enhance the identity and international image  of the City of Mississauga, Ontario Canada It would be a WIN-WIN situation with Public Shares being arrange Richard Devenney of Keyser Mason Ball.  Mr. Mike McGee, Chairman of the Board for LMI, Leisure Management International accepted the position of Management company for the Complex and Sports Venues to team up with the entertainment side with P3 Sports.

Scott Abbot, Founder of Trivial Pursuit agreed to ownership of the OHL Franchise in the event that Mississauga received approval from the OHL.  P3 Sports would join in with a part ownership.  Douglas Kilner, President of Orlando Corporation were negotiation with P3 Sports Entertainment to build the $30,000,000 Arena complex at cost.  





High Profile Canadian & USA Firms

     – P3 Sports Entertainment and  Project Planning 

     – LMI – Leisure Management International

     – Keyser Mason and Ball – Richard Devenney 

     – Scott Abbott – Founder of Trivia Pursuit

     – Ernst & Young  &  Con-Drain  Constrada

      – The Orlando Corporation 



Leisure Management International began operations in 1986 and is one of the premier management companies in the industry.  A partnership of four well-known industry leaders, these joint owners represent a combination of industry experience, business acumen and financial resources that are unique in the industry.  Together these business leaders’ resources stretch in excess of $1 billion.  Chairman of the Board – Mike McGee, H. Wayne Huizenga – Chairman of the Board, CEO and Stockholder of Huizenga Holdings, Inc. (Blockbuster Entertainment), Douglas Schnitzer – CEO and founding partner partner of Senterra Development and Morton Cohn – Founder of Houston Warner Cable Franchise and Cash America.  LMI as an industry leader is the firm representing NHL Nashville Arena and several other major spectator arenas with well over 20,000 seating capacity throughout the United States.


The main stream of this proposal was a private/public partnership.  

This “Complex”  would have been a WIN-WIN  Public company with shares available for Mississauga Residents.

1. Major Spectator Arena & Entertainment Complex                                            

2.  Entertainment Terrace                                                                                          

3.  Fountains / Pools                                                                                             

4.  Pool / Skating Rink                                                                                                

5.  Terraced Court / Park                                                                                             

6.  Future Bridge Linking Iceland & Public Gardens                                            

7.  Parking 

8.  Ice pads

9.  Sports Complex

10. Collonade

11. Winter Garden

12. Tennis Complex

13.  Hotel

14.  Sports Park (Soccer & Baseball)

15.  Forest Canopy with Trails, Jogging

16.  Spatial Planting

17.  Visual Axis



Google Books  –  Richard Devenney, Linda Pinizzotto, Project Planning FSC, Leisure Management International,  Recreation Centres



About the Author:

Linda Pinizzotto represents Buyers and Sellers in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville and surrounding areas. She is an award winning, popular and very well known Realtor who is extremely passionate about her profession. She has excellent real estate market knowledge which reflects in her successes with over 30 years experience. Linda Pinizzotto values her clients and reputation, making sure they receive first class advice and information and expertise and protecting their interest every step of the way.
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