Canada’s dirtiest stadiums and arenas, according to Google reviews

Publish Date: 03/04/2024
Fact checked by: Josh Miller

Think the smell of victory is the only thing wafting through Canada’s biggest sports venues? Think again! From dodgy toilets to nauseating nibbles, stadiums and arenas can get downright grimy. But which ones take the crown for being the dirtiest?

We’ve taken on the “clean” task of inspecting all of Canada’s major sports venues. We analyzed over 200,000 Google reviews covering stadiums and arenas nationwide, each with a seating capacity of 10,000 or more. Our mission? To sniff out the percentage of reviews expressing concerns about cleanliness. We focused on keywords like “dirty”, “filthy”, “gross”, “smell”, “disgusting” “nasty”, “poor”, “unhygienic”, and “stinky”. Interestingly enough, Ottawa comes out reeking like a winner, as it is home to both the dirtiest and the cleanest sports venues!

“The most disgusting washrooms in the city”

The Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa isn’t just home of the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators; it’s also a hub for some serious filth, as it turns out. With 1.13% of its Google reviews containing complaints about the level of cleanliness in the arena, the Canadian Tire Centre earns the title of the filthiest sports venue in Canada. One visitor complains about “Sticky, dirty floors,” while another is more bothered by the odor: “Unpleasant, stuffy building with a terrible moldy smell.” Another reviewer doesn’t mince words, stating: “Some of the most disgusting washrooms in the city are located right here, in case you were looking for them.”

Place Bell is the second filthiest

Place Bell in Laval claims the second spot on the list of Canada’s filthiest sports venues. Out of all the Google reviews, 1.10% contain complaints or comments about dirtiness. The home of the Laval Rocket seems to suffer, according to various visitors, especially when it comes to the toilets. People write “The toilets are dirty,” and “The toilets have no papers at the start of the event”, while another mentions “Bathrooms were dirty and unkept, no toilet paper or soap to wash hands.” But it’s not just the bathrooms that have received criticism. Some aren’t satisfied with the food either. One reviewer mentions “undercooked pizza,” and another advises, “Eat before you go. The concession food is really, really disgusting. It’s a real joke.”

Scotiabank Saddledome

Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary takes the third spot, but with a percentage of 1.09%, it’s not far behind the second place on the list. Reviews mention the lack of hygiene in the restroom areas: “The building is aged and the bathrooms are often somewhat gross.” Another writes, “Washrooms are totally disgusting. I can’t go here.” One reviewer hopes for improvement: “It’s old, dirty, and outdated. The fact that we are one of the richest cities on the planet and this is the best we can do in terms of a stadium for our country’s favorite sport is embarrassing. We should have a little civic pride and not let this place be a landmark in the city.” Scotiabank Saddledome opened in 1983. It is home to the Calgary Flames and is regularly used as a concert venue.

The cleanest sports venues in Canada

Ottawa not only lays claim to the dirtiest sports venue with the Canadian Tire Centre but also hosts the least dirty venue! If you enjoy attending games or concerts but cringe at the idea of sticky seats and grimy bathrooms, then Ottawa Stadium is the ideal choice, according to Google reviews. Among stadiums and arenas seating at least 10,000, it stands out as the epitome of cleanliness, with just 0.22% of all Google reviews citing cleanliness issues or complaints.

Coming in as the second cleanest stadium is BMO Field in Toronto. Home to the football heroes of the Toronto Argonauts, as well as Toronto FC, it scores just slightly “worse” in terms of cleanliness, with a percentage of 0.23%, compared to Ottawa Stadium. However, it still outperforms Telus Stadium in Quebec, where complaints about hygiene are made in 0.24% of cases.


To determine the dirtiest sports venues in Canada, we analyzed all Google reviews of stadiums and arenas with a capacity of at least 10,000. We searched for specific words like dirty, filthy, gross, smell, disgusting, nasty, poor, unhygienic, and stinky. We avoided counting the same word twice in one person’s review.

After examining over 205,200 Google reviews and tallying the numbers, we divided them by the total number of reviews for each stadium.

This data was collected in February 2024.

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