In what has been the bluntest talk yet about the future of the Calgary Flames, president of hockey operations Brian Burke said the NHL team will move if a new arena is not built. “We’re not going to make the threat to leave. We’ll just leave,” Burke told a business luncheon at the Canadian Club…
Source: Burke says Flames will leave without a new rink | Calgary Herald
Right, leave Calgary and give up a Saddledome to which the Flames contributed zero dollars to build, pay zero dollars to rent, and for which Calgary receives zero taxes. Where in the world could the Flames get such a sweet deal?
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.