Mackcanuck Posted January 11, 2016 Share Posted January 11, 2016 http://www.tsn.ca/bettman-urges-new-arena-in-calgary-1.421368 Bettman urges new arena in Calgary CALGARY - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has told Calgary to get moving on a new arena for the Flames, but Mayor Naheed Nenshi says the city will not be hurried into a multi-million-dollar project. Bettman told the city's business community at a chamber of commerce event Monday there should be more urgency to get the project underway, particularly from city council. The 20,000-seat arena and 30,000-seat football stadium, part of the proposed CalgaryNEXT project, will cost an estimated $890 million. "I'm having trouble understanding why there hasn't been further progress on CalgaryNEXT," Bettman said. "No matter what anyone thinks of the proposed CalgaryNEXT project or the cost of the project, the cost is never going to be lower than it is today. "The longer it takes, the harder the task becomes. CalgaryNEXT needs to happen and as part of the broader project, the Flames need a new arena." The Scotiabank Saddledome, built in 1983, will be the oldest NHL arena when Canada celebrates its 150th birthday in 2017, he said. Bettman played the Edmonton card by comparing the Saddledome to the Alberta capital's new Rogers Place. "When Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of its confederation, the Battle of Alberta hockey will still be legendary, but the Battle of Alberta arenas won't be close and that's no joke," he said. "The Oilers will have enjoyed their first full season at a transformational new arena." AND THE CGY MAYORS RESPONSE Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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