City councillors in Calgary voted 12-2 late Monday in favour of spending up to $5 million to support a plan from the Calgary Sport Tourism Authority to spend 14 months exploring a bid for the 2026 Olympic Games. A day after council took the first step toward bringing the Winter Games back to Calgary, Postmedia reporter Annalise Klingbeil…
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This is the same approach used to get an NHL hockey rink for the Flames. The Olympics required a large ice surface, so a new arena “just had to be built”. It was just “coincidental” that the rink could be used for an NHL franchise.
This rational might have been okay, but the only way the 88 Olympics worked was if the city, provincial, and federal governments threw in money. In other words, the Olympics were money losers until tax payer money was used. This is the reason some major cities have refused to host the Games, and why Calgary should as well.
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…
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“Second place” for the City of Calgary is la lot better than “no place” where the Flames find themselves each year.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi is glad the sports ownership group that pitched a new hockey arena, covered football stadium and multi-sport field house in the West Village is now exploring a so-called Plan B. Last summer, the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corp. unveiled its Plan A to replace the aging Scotiabank Saddledome and McMahon Stadium with an…
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Flames denial of the $1.8 billion City cost estimate for the CalgaryNext proposal is amateur public relations.
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Whatever the plan, the Flames are still looking for taxpayer money to pay for a new arena. The “big hustle” is still on. Flames, you want it, you pay for it,