CalgaryNEXT project should sink or swim on its own merit, says political panel

Tying the CalgaryNEXT arena and fieldhouse proposal to a possible bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics will be a gamble for the Calgary Flames organization, said members of a CBC Calgary News at 6 political panel.

Source: CalgaryNEXT project should sink or swim on its own merit, says political panel

Wrapping an NHL arena inside an Olympic bid is the same strategy used to get public money to build the Saddledome.  The NHL team in Calgary did not pay one cent towards the construction of the Saddledome, nor does it pay rent or leasing cost.  And the City does not tax the Saddledome because the City owns it!

No to tax payers dollars for an NHL arena.  For the Flames, you play, you pay.

Breakenridge: City needs to decide how much it’s willing to contribute to a new arena

Almost a year and a half after CalgaryNEXT was proposed, it now appears as though the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corp. has been the first to blink. It’s unclear whether the company, which owns the NHL’s Flames and CFL’s Stampeders, actually thought city council would accept their proposed West Village arena-stadium hybrid – and the accompanying…

Source: Breakenridge: City needs to decide how much it’s willing to contribute to a new arena

No tax dollars for a highly profitable private NHL hockey rink.  The flames want it, they can build it.

However, if building the rink also serves the Stampede, the cultural focus of Calgary for over a 100 years; and, if the Flames pay rent (which it does not at the Saddledome), then the City might consider an arena as a for-profit venture.

This article has a good discussion of the public pros and cons of using tax dollars to build the rink.

Letters for Thursday, Aug. 20

Let’s have a plebiscite on new sportsplex Re: “Flames reveal details of $890-million downtown arena-stadium plan,” Aug. 19. Spending billions for new arenas is touted by politicians and team owners as a sure win for the economy, but a plethora of studies show otherwise. Calgary taxpayers have a right to say either yes or no through…

Source: Letters for Thursday, Aug. 20

Re: “Flames reveal details of $890-million downtown arena-stadium plan,” Aug. 19.

Spending billions for new arenas is touted by politicians and team owners as a sure win for the economy, but a plethora of studies show otherwise.

Calgary taxpayers have a right to say either yes or no through a plebiscite on the Flames’ proposed new arena.

Tom Sindlinger, Calgary

Tom Sindlinger is a former MLA for Calgary-Buffalo.

Braid: Second-class Calgary? Warning from Flames president won’t make CalgaryNEXT happen

Flames boss Ken King has two words for Calgary — “second place.” That’s where we’ll be, he says, without new sports and entertainment facilities. In an interview, King said that when Edmonton’s new arena opens this fall, “you should check the exit visas from Calgary going to Edmonton, because that’s where Calgarians are going to go to watch…

Source: Braid: Second-class Calgary? Warning from Flames president won’t make CalgaryNEXT happen

“Second place” for the City of Calgary is la lot better than “no place” where the Flames find themselves each year.

Breakenridge: Flames should share their Plan B for a new arena with Calgarians

Murray Edwards is certainly free to live wherever he chooses, but his timing couldn’t be worse. Edwards, of course, is chairman of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and is also chairman and part-owner of the Calgary Flames. He also happens to be chairman of Magellan Aerospace Corp., and that company’s recent tax filings show that Edwards has…

Source: Breakenridge: Flames should share their Plan B for a new arena with Calgarians

“many Calgarians see this as corporate welfare”

We cannot afford to do nothing

I was always in favour of the CalgaryNEXT project, which would see all of Calgary’s major sports teams play in new facilities in the West Village.

Source: We cannot afford to do nothing

Calgary has an urban development plan for West Village; and, a plan for field-houses in north Calgary and Glenmore Park in the south.

The Flames should stick to playing hockey and leave urban planning to the experts at the City.

Sport Calgary watching CalgaryNEXT from the sidelines, for now – 660 NEWS

The debate over the massive CalgaryNEXT arena, football stadium, fieldhouse project, really heated up this week when the NHL commissioner was in town. So what does Sport Calgary think? Murray Sigler is with the umbrella organization for several amateur sport groups in the city. He was on Sportsnet 960 The Fan with Rob Kerr. Sigler […]

Source: Sport Calgary watching CalgaryNEXT from the sidelines, for now – 660 NEWS

The expert urban planners and city recreation department have been planning file houses for Foothills and North Glenmore for years.  They have the demographic data and the city vision that the flames do not.  the Flames should stick to hockey and try to win a Stanley cup

CalgaryNEXT sure to be an election issue

voting_line_ballot_box_1600_clr_9468In announcing plans for the CalgaryNEXT project, the Flames organization has likely also launched a $250 million election issue in the 2017 civic campaign.

Source: CalgaryNEXT sure to be an election issue

Evan Woolley and Gian-Carlo Carra saying they are at least open to having the conversation, and others, like Coun. Druh Farrell saying she is dead set against it.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says arenas lack economic benefit for cities

Arenas don’t provide much in the way of economic benefit for cities, but that’s no reason not to build them, Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Monday.

Source: Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says arenas lack economic benefit for cities

“So when you hear me say, ‘public money must be for public benefit, not for private profit,’ which you’ve heard me say about a million times … that’s really what we’re talking about.

“How do we define and balance that question of public sector benefit?”

Is CalgaryNEXT a good idea?

stick_figure_in_deep_thought_1600_clr_8120“I have consistently expressed that I am not in favour of public money or free land going toward for-profit organizations. Calgarians would have to see a significant public benefit from CalgaryNEXT, for money or free land to be given.”  Councilor Druh farrell

Source: The City of Calgary – Ward 7 News: Blog – Is CalgaryNEXT a good idea?

Don’t be so quick to dismiss CalgaryNEXT’s merits | Diane Colley-Urquhart

Re: “No corporate welfare for CalgaryNEXT,” Paige MacPherson, Opinion, Sept. 9Well — they do intend to pay for their “flashy arena desires” — not taxpayers! There were so many ill-founded politically expedient statements and assumptions in this piece that I felt compelled to respond.

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Breakenridge: There’s nothing wrong with questioning wisdom of CalgaryNEXT (with poll)

back_and_forth_questions_500_clr_8159Last month’s dramatic unveiling of the Calgary Flames’ ambitious plans for a massive new arena-stadium complex in the West Village should have been the starting point for a conversation. Instead, it increasingly appears as though the Flames intended their announcement to be the first and final word on the matter. Are we to believe, though,…

Source: Breakenridge: There’s nothing wrong with questioning wisdom of CalgaryNEXT (with poll)

Braid: A visionary arena project, wrapped in mystery

The Calgary Flames’ arena proposal for the west end is brilliant. It’s also a dream wrapped in a mystery shrouded in fog. At this stage, the Flames can answer virtually no questions about the biggest building and revitalization project ever proposed for Calgary. With the hockey rink, event centre, football stadium and fieldhouse all in one…

Source: Braid: A visionary arena project, wrapped in mystery

Stadium project will keep Calgary vibrant

Proposal integral to the city’s future

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The ambitious arena- stadium plan will surely have its share of detractors, but if the city wants to remain a magnet for young, creative talent, CalgaryNEXT is the direction it needs to take.

The ambitious arena- stadium development plan announced Tuesday by Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Ken King will surely have its share of detractors.

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Breakenridge: Calgary won’t crumble if new sportsplex doesn’t happen

Calgary needs to take a deep breath. Whatever challenges or opportunities CalgaryNEXT presents, it does not represent an existential crisis for the city. The Calgary Flames have presented their idea for new facilities for their professional franchises to call home, and have offered up a rough outline of how the $890-million project should be funded.…

Source: Breakenridge: Calgary won’t crumble if new sportsplex doesn’t happen

CalgaryNEXT sets high stakes in a battle for Calgary’s future

A new Mainstreet Research poll shows we’re in for a long, wrenching debate over the west end and the very soul of the city. Thirty-nine per cent of Calgarians like, or somewhat like, the CalgaryNEXT plan for building a vast multi-sport complex. Thirty-four per cent are opposed or somewhat opposed. The rest are somewhere in the…

Source: Braid: CalgaryNEXT sets high stakes in a battle for Calgary’s future