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.
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.