Big news, sports fans! It’s been several months since the Calgary Flames pulled the plug on a new event centre, but there’s still hope yet.
As announced on Wednesday afternoon, the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation and the city have agreed to begin formal discussions on a new arena, calling this a “fresh start” for the project.
“We’re at the beginning of an important stage,” said Councillor Sonya Sharp, Chair of the Event Centre Committee in a press release.
“A new event centre for our city will attract investment and international events. It will have enormous benefits for visitors and for Calgarians. We look forward to working with CSEC for our mutual benefit and for a result that works for everyone.”
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Though the city said that everyone agreed time will be of the essence to reach a formal agreement – they added that all needs will be dealt with with care, thought and attention.
“I must emphasize this point,” said Stuart Dalgleish, General Manager of Planning and Development Services for The City. “We must do this right, which means we will need space and we will need time to work on a successful agreement. We will be keeping our discussions confidential and reporting to the Event Centre Committee when the time is right.”
As of right now, there is no public timeline for their negotiations but we’re sure we’ll hear from the city again soon.
This could be it, Calgary – a new event centre could be in our near future.