Seattle Councilors voting against a new arena said “that financial arguments had swayed them. They said that giving over city resources for the project …. made the arena terms questionable” [N.Y. Times, May 7, 2016]
“Reasonable people may disagree with their vote, but these council members were fulfilling their fiduciary responsibility to Seattle residents and acting in good faith”. [Seattle Times, Letters to the Editor, May 5, 2016]
City officials will huddle with Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corp., the company that owns the Flames and Stampeders, to find the best fit for the CalgaryNEXT arena-stadium proposal. A week after city bureaucrats determined the ambitious project would cost in the range of $1.8 billion — significantly more than the initial pitch of $890 million — and declared…
This article says look out, the proposed CalgaryNEXT was just for openers. The arena advocates will be back with a modified proposal that they will tout as being just what we asked for. But, tax payers will still be expected to pay for it.
A major report deeming the CalgaryNext proposal “not feasible” has some city councillors looking for other ideas to replace the Saddledome and McMahon Stadium, but Ken King isn’t willing to give up on the idea just yet.
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 […]
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
What Stephen Harper was to the Keystone XL pipeline debate, Gary Bettman is to the Calgary Flames’ proposal for a new arena and football stadium complex for the city. As an advocate for the high-profile infrastructure project, Bettman is a minor character in a complex process who has a lot to say but only a marginal influence on the eventual decision. The National Hockey League’s…
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.
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?”
A high-ranking official for a Canadian economic think tank is laying out how CalgaryNEXT could be approved with the contribution of taxpayer money. Glen Hodgson, Senior VP and Chief Economist with the Conference Board of Canada, said while research suggests new sports facilities don’t create a net benefit to a local economy, they could be […]
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After announcing plans to build an $890 million arena, event centre and fieldhouse, the next step for Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corp. officials will be to begin meeting with various levels of government, said president and CEO Ken King, while city officials will start engaging Calgarians and looking into the cleanup of the creosote-contaminated site.
“Essentially this is the
Formal request,” said King. “What we want to do now is begin the dialogue on a (Community Revitalization Levy), that’s a dialogue that takes place between the (Calgary Municipal Land Corp., which manages cityowned lands) the city and the province.”
With the Saddledome about to become Canada’s oldest NHL arena, the president of the Flames has put forward an idea that would replace each of the city’s largest sporting venues, as well as a new public fieldhouse
Calgary Flames executives will join a meeting next week with stakeholders in tourism, civic affairs and amateur sport to discuss the viability of the CalgaryNEXT proposal. In a meeting with the Herald’s editorial team Thursday, Ken King, CEO of the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corp., confirmed he will meet next week with city officials, Tourism…