A building that has hosted over 5,000 events and 15 million patrons turns 35 today.

The Halifax Metro Centre on Argyle Street has hosted big names like Tina Turner in 1985, The Highwaymen which included Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson in 1993, four sold out Garth Brooks shows, and Cher. It was also a starting stage for Shania Twain, Vince Gill and Taylor Swift before they became big names.

“The Metro Centre is the heavyweight champion of the Maritimes,” said Scott Ferguson, CEO of Trade Centre Limited. “It’s rare that an event in the Maritimes doesn’t anchor off the Metro Centre. If it’s not available for some big acts, they often don’t bother coming to the East Coast.”

Ferguson, who has been working with the venue for 27 years, said they’ve added boxes and suites over the years, and now have plans to renovate the concession areas and bring in more televisions.