Exhibition and Entertainment

Exhibition and entertainment usage

The site hosted the annual Central Canada Exhibition, also known as the ‘Ottawa Super Ex’ from 1888 until 2010. The Exhibition would use the full site, offering agricultural and cultural exhibits, midway rides and various entertainments for 10 days every year in August. The Central Canada Exhibition Association (CCEA) was the primary manager of Lansdowne Park for the City until turning over operation of the Park to the City on May 1, 1973.The Central Canada Exhibition completed its last season at Lansdowne Park in August 2010. While the CCEA owns some land south of Ottawa, near Rideau Carleton Raceway, the Association does not have money to build on the site for 2011 and has not announced its plans for 2011.

The Civic Centre and Coliseum buildings are used regularly for other exhibitions such as home shows, industrial exhibitions and conventions, including political conventions. Since 1967, when the Ottawa Auditorium was demolished, Lansdowne Park has become a site of musical concerts, both inside the Civic Centre and outside on the Stadium field. Although the Scotiabank Place arena was built in 1996 and hosts the largest indoor concerts in Ottawa, the Civic Centre continues to host musical concerts.

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