New arenas in Edmonton and Regina stoke debate over CalgaryNext project

In Edmonton, tens of thousands are lining up for a sneak preview of Rogers Place.

Source: New arenas in Edmonton and Regina stoke debate over CalgaryNext project

I had no problem with the concept, or $200 million

Councilor Keating is dreaming in technicolor if he thinks Calgary tax payers can get away with only a $200 million tax bite for an NHL hockey rink.  $200 is to get Calgary hooked; we’re looking at over a billion dollars that we don’t have.

Guiding principles for downtown Flames arena development

Project Guidelines
Set by Council *
What Has Happened
So Far
1.      Public money must be used for public benefit This is wiggle room for Councillors to say an NHL franchise is good for City pride.  It should say that Public money must not be used for a Flames hockey arena.
2.      There must be extensive stakeholder consultation, public engagement and open and transparent communications with Calgarians Calgary’s city council secretly approved the $36.9-million purchase of contaminated land — now being pitched as part of the site for a new downtown arena and stadium complex … [MATT MCCLURE, CALGARY HERALD, August 18, 2015]
3.      West Village must be designed and developed as a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood City of Calgary urban planners know more about this than a hockey club pitching for a free arena.
4.      Any new fieldhouse must meet the needs of key stake-holders ― including but not limited to the University of Calgary, amateur sports groups and the general public City Recreation, after lengthy demographic study, concluded that a fieldhouse should be at Foothills and another at Glenmore, not downtown.
5.      Any new arena-stadium/event facility located within of near Calgary’s city centre must complement the existing amenities of the city centre, and contribute to its long-term vibrancy and appeal. Would you like a hockey arena in your neighborhood?  I don’t think so.
6.      The cost of remediating contamination of the West Village site should be the responsibility of the polluter(s) to the extent that such recovery is legally possible. Why hasn’t it already been cleaned: is it physically possible?
*Helen Pike, Calgary metroNEWS, November 12, 2015