The losing game of publicly financed sports venues – The Globe and Mail

BARRIE MCKENNA OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail Published Friday, Jul. 17, 2015 4:41PM EDT

Source: The losing game of publicly financed sports venues – The Globe and Mail

The people of Quebec City and Edmonton are falling prey to one of the oldest con games – the notion that spending public money on pro sports venues is a sound investment.

Facts don’t seem to matter in this game. And your city could be fleeced next.

Stacks of independent research over many decades have shown that building a stadium or luring a new franchise does little for a city’s economy. They typically don’t generate significant new tax dollars, jobs or growth. In most cases, the money would be more wisely spent on badly needed public infrastructure, such as roads, transit or schools

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Citizens of Calgary should MAKE THE DECISION about committing tax dollars to the Flames arena and the Olympics – not just 15 Councillors.

A referendum is the way for Citizens to decide extraordinary matters of this kind.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

 

 

Time running out for current Calgary council to ink deal on new Flames arena, Nenshi says – Calgary – CBC News

If a deal isn’t reached on a new arena in Victoria Park in the next few weeks, it might have to wait until after this fall’s municipal election, Calgary’s mayor says.

Source: Time running out for current Calgary council to ink deal on new Flames arena, Nenshi says – Calgary – CBC News

A referendum is needed on this matter.  This is an end-of-term Council that has no right to commit taxpayers to massive long-term debt from a NHL hockey arena, Greenline LRT, and an Olympic bid.

Calgary launches 2026 Olympic exploration bid website; million-dollar hosting plan [ie; party] underway

A potential bid may not face a lot of competition. Quebec City and Boston dropped out last year. No other cities in North America are in the running, so Calgary could be a shoo-in. But at what cost?

Source: Calgary launches 2026 Olympic exploration bid website; million-dollar hosting plan underway

SindlingerOther cities have dropped out, not because they don’t like sports, but because it costs money.  Our tax money – billions of tax dollars.

And forget about the “legacy” facilities.  The biggest “legacy” from the last Calgary Olympics was a rent-free, FREE NHL arena for the Flames.  Really.

The biggest “legacy” from a 2016 Calgary Olympics would be another FREE NHL arena for the Flames.

CalgaryNEXT project on pause, says Ken King

Ken King says the proposed arena-stadium-field house complex in the West Village, known as CalgaryNEXT, is on hold as Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corp. officials discuss an alternative plan with city hall. “We’re not talking about CalgaryNEXT; we put the pause button on that,” King, the CEO of the group that owns the Flames, Hitmen, Roughnecks…

Source: CalgaryNEXT project on pause, says Ken King

It would be helpful if the Flames understood that we are looking at a new facility for Calgary and not a new facility for the Calgary Flames.  If that is what they want, they should pay for it.

Federal cash for CalgaryNEXT project? Hehr says no … and maybe

Liberal cabinet minister Kent Hehr says Ottawa won’t cough up cash for a new Calgary Flames arena but he left the door open to federal dollars for other aspects of the CalgaryNEXT proposal. In an interview this week, the Calgary Centre MP and Veterans Affairs Minister said the Trudeau government is maintaining the policy of the former Conservative…

Source: Federal cash for CalgaryNEXT project? Hehr says no … and maybe

“The government of Canada does not fund professional sports facilities. They’re not eligible under our infrastructure program,” said Hehr.  This is pretty clear.

CalgaryNext officials not troubled by poll | Calgary | News | Calgary Sun

Calgarians fretting about the ambitious CalgaryNEXT project should look at the excitement generated by new sports facilities in Edmonton and Regina, says a Calgary counicillor.

Source: CalgaryNext officials not troubled by poll | Calgary | News | Calgary Sun

Mr. King isn’t facing reality.  Calgarians do not want to  go further into debt during a recession for and NHL arena, regardless of the “enormous” return (for whom?) he sees from the arena’s construction.

Calgarians remain divided on CalgaryNEXT as Edmonton debuts new arena | CTV Calgary News

The introduction of a state-of-the-art professional hockey arena and concert venue in the provincial capital has prompted a review of the stance of Calgarians on a possible replacement for the Scotiabank Saddledome and McMahon Stadium.

Source: Calgarians remain divided on CalgaryNEXT as Edmonton debuts new arena | CTV Calgary News

Just because someone else did it is no reason why Calgary should.

Some envy new sports facilities, but little appetite to spend tax dollars on CalgaryNEXT: Poll | Calgary Herald

While some sports fans may be green with envy of new facilities set to open in Edmonton and Regina, many Calgarians remain opposed to spending public money on the CalgaryNEXT proposal, according to a new poll. One year after ambitious visions of the sports mega-complex — with a price tag ranging from $1.3 billion to $1.8 billion — on Calgary’s west…

Source: Some envy new sports facilities, but little appetite to spend tax dollars on CalgaryNEXT: Poll | Calgary Herald

Flames own original estimate of a proposed NHL rink for Calgary has risen  from $9 billion to $1.3 billion, a difference or $400.  I think the Flames should stick to hockey if this is the best they can do at urban planning.

Majority of Calgarians surveyed disapprove of CalgaryNEXT arena funding proposal: poll

A new poll suggests opposition to the financing proposal for a new arena and sports complex in Calgary has increased since last year.

Source: Majority of Calgarians surveyed disapprove of CalgaryNEXT arena funding proposal: poll

This is not surprising.  The CalgaryNext proposed NHL rink was not properly thought out and poorly presented.

Best to scrap the proposal and start over again identifying mutual benefits for the Stampede and the Flames.