The Calgary Flames organization is said to be in the middle of designing and implementing their plans for a new arena that would replace Scotiabank Saddledome, according to the Globe and Mail.
The article states that while the public has been left out in the Alberta cold as far as news and insight to the project, the Flames could be in their new home before their provincial rivals in Edmonton move into their new facility in 2016. Ron MacLean, the host for Hockey Night in Canada stated last weekend that the Flames could release the details on their new arena in the next three to four months.
Flames’ president, Ken King admitted that team officials have spoken with Calgary’s mayor, but no official proposal has been presented. A location for the new “multi-purpose facility” is still undecided, but MacLean’s comments are said to have ignited rampid excitement around Calgary with the hockey fans.
Meanwhile the Globe and Mail reports that Mayor Naheed Nenshi has heard nothing of the plans for a new arena and has not been contacted by anyone with the Flames organization.
The current Flames’ home, the Scotiabank Saddledome opened in 1983 and seats roughly 20,000 for a hockey game. A new facility that would feature additional luxury boxes and more up to date amenities is said to be needed to bring in added revenue from outside hockey events.
The article that the Globe and Mail published states that many marquee events such as concerts, bypass Calgary as a potential venue due to the Saddledome’s slanted roof line that often places weight restrictions for lighting and staging. Obviously the new home for the hockey team would be more than just a hockey rink with the focus on a similar plan to what is already being implemented in Winnipeg.
This story is just getting started and if you read the article you’ll see that the Mayor does not seem sold on the idea of a new rink, meaning this could turn into a long-drawn out process.