Tickets will be on sale to the general public starting July 15.
Seinfeld will perform at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., but General Manager Randy Bloom said July 13 that more tickets will likely be available for the later performance.
“He has a reputation for opening buildings and opening them well,” Bloom said of the comedian. “[The] grand opening—it really is just a welcome to the building.”
After the grand opening, the touring company of “Dirty Dancing” will perform Jan. 20-22 at the Smart Financial Centre, Bloom said.
The $84 million, 6,400–seat venue was slated to open this fall but has been pushed back to December due to construction delays. Bloom said “open house-style” events for local high schools or other groups will take place before the grand opening, as well as a tour for media and city officials.
“Seeing the interest from the community has been pretty overwhelming, especially this week being able to finally announce our opening performances,” he said.
The 200,000-square-foot venue will be able to accommodate a variety of events thanks in part to its movable walls. It will also have 14 luxury suites, corporate hospitality areas, and the latest sound, light and video technology as well as 2,500 guest parking spaces, according to the center.
“I think that the venue is going to have a state of the art sound system, and acoustical design [that’s] going to be comparable to anything that’s out there in the market place,” Bloom said.
Tickets to Smart Financial Centre events are available at www.ticketmaster.com