CalgaryNext officials not troubled by poll | Calgary | News | Calgary Sun

Calgarians fretting about the ambitious CalgaryNEXT project should look at the excitement generated by new sports facilities in Edmonton and Regina, says a Calgary counicillor.

Source: CalgaryNext officials not troubled by poll | Calgary | News | Calgary Sun

Mr. King isn’t facing reality.  Calgarians do not want to  go further into debt during a recession for and NHL arena, regardless of the “enormous” return (for whom?) he sees from the arena’s construction.

Calgarians remain divided on CalgaryNEXT as Edmonton debuts new arena | CTV Calgary News

The introduction of a state-of-the-art professional hockey arena and concert venue in the provincial capital has prompted a review of the stance of Calgarians on a possible replacement for the Scotiabank Saddledome and McMahon Stadium.

Source: Calgarians remain divided on CalgaryNEXT as Edmonton debuts new arena | CTV Calgary News

Just because someone else did it is no reason why Calgary should.

Some envy new sports facilities, but little appetite to spend tax dollars on CalgaryNEXT: Poll | Calgary Herald

While some sports fans may be green with envy of new facilities set to open in Edmonton and Regina, many Calgarians remain opposed to spending public money on the CalgaryNEXT proposal, according to a new poll. One year after ambitious visions of the sports mega-complex — with a price tag ranging from $1.3 billion to $1.8 billion — on Calgary’s west…

Source: Some envy new sports facilities, but little appetite to spend tax dollars on CalgaryNEXT: Poll | Calgary Herald

Flames own original estimate of a proposed NHL rink for Calgary has risen  from $9 billion to $1.3 billion, a difference or $400.  I think the Flames should stick to hockey if this is the best they can do at urban planning.

Majority of Calgarians surveyed disapprove of CalgaryNEXT arena funding proposal: poll

A new poll suggests opposition to the financing proposal for a new arena and sports complex in Calgary has increased since last year.

Source: Majority of Calgarians surveyed disapprove of CalgaryNEXT arena funding proposal: poll

This is not surprising.  The CalgaryNext proposed NHL rink was not properly thought out and poorly presented.

Best to scrap the proposal and start over again identifying mutual benefits for the Stampede and the Flames.

Survey says Calgarians not in favour of CalgaryNEXT | News Talk 770 (CHQR)

Source: Survey says Calgarians not in favour of CalgaryNEXT | News Talk 770 (CHQR)

The answer would be 100% NO if the survey question was “Would you pay $4,000 per taxpayer for a new proposed Flames arena?”

Leave urban planning to the experts at the City.  The Flames should stick to hockey and making the playoffs (asking for a Stanley Cup would be too much to ask of this bunch).

New poll finds Calgarians are torn on CalgaryNext plan for multi-sport complex

The poll suggests that Calgarians are split on whether to support a proposed plan for a $1 billion sports complex for the Flames and Stampeders and whether public money should be used to build it.

Source: New poll finds Calgarians are torn on CalgaryNext plan for multi-sport complex

Dig into this a bit more, and it is clear that the issue is “who pays”?  If it is the Flames, the response is go ahead, it’s private money for a private business.

If it is taxpayers to the tune of between $2,000 and $4,000 each, forget about it!

CalgaryNext plebiscite: Your responses to the idea of a public vote on new complex – Calgary – CBC News

Here’s what you had to say about the idea of putting a proposal for a new sports complex to a public vote. And boy, did you have a lot to say.

Source: CalgaryNext plebiscite: Your responses to the idea of a public vote on new complex – Calgary – CBC News

We do not elect Councilors to build billion dollar arenas.  We elect them to build parks and roads, provide water and electricity, and remove snow.  They do not have a mandate to commit massive public funds for private business (the Flames).

Let the public decide in a binding plebiscite or referendum.  Better yet, make it a major election issue in the next civic election1

Should Calgary’s new arena and stadium project go to a plebiscite? – Calgary – CBC News

When it comes to a new sports complex, and whether it’s in “the public benefit,” the question could be put to a plebiscite. But Mayor Naheed Nenshi doesn’t want to go there, so CBC’s Rob Brown takes a look at our options.

Source: Should Calgary’s new arena and stadium project go to a plebiscite? – Calgary – CBC News

A public vote should be binding, whether it is a plebiscite or a referendum.  The question should be “Would you pay more than $2,000 each for a professional hockey arena?” and not “Would you like a new hockey arena?”

Plan splits city: poll

Calgarians narrowly support West Village sports complex but oppose financing scheme

Most Calgarians would like a new sports complex, and many even support the CalgaryNEXT proposal unveiled by the owners of the Flames and Stampeders this week, but there’s strong opposition to spending public money on the $890-million project, according to an exclusive poll for the Herald.

A Mainstreet Research survey shows 39 per cent support the proposal to replace the Scotiabank Saddledome and McMahon Stadium, while 34 per cent oppose the plan.

However, nearly half are against the proposed financing model, which sees Continue reading “Plan splits city: poll”

New poll finds Calgarians are torn on CalgaryNext plan for multi-sport complex

The poll suggests that Calgarians are split on whether to support a proposed plan for a $1 billion sports complex for the Flames and Stampeders and whether public money should be used to build it.

Source: New poll finds Calgarians are torn on CalgaryNext plan for multi-sport complex