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Maple Leaf Gardens building renamed

Ryerson University says it has renamed the Maple Leaf Gardens building after Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE) filed an injunction against the school and Loblaw Properties Ltd.

The historic building is now called the Ryerson Athletics Centre at the Gardens.

Maple Leafs’ owner MLSE sold the landmark for $12-million to Loblaw in July 2004 on the condition that it would only be developed into a food store and retail space, according to the injunction.

Two years ago, Loblaw partnered with Ryerson to have a flagship supermarket on the main floor with two upper floors of athletic facilities, including a 2,500-seat arena, for the university.

MLSE’s lawyer Robin Brudner told CityNews that the two are violating an agreement that prevents the building from being used as a stadium, arena or sports and/or entertainment facility, in addition to the trademark violation.

She said she’s pleased with Ryerson’s decision but that Loblaw hasn’t come to the table at all.

“We’re disappointed it’s gone this far,” she said.

Loblaw couldn’t be reached immediately for comment.

Brudner and a spokesman for the school declined to provide details about their discussions, or what options are being considered to resolve the dispute.

The three parties are expected to appear in a Toronto court Oct. 31.