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PRESENTATION MADE FOR NEW WINNIPEG ARENA
Published October 25, 1994
At the kickoff of the their marketing blitz for a proposed new arena in Winnipeg, the Manitoba Entertainment Complex (MEC) announced it had sold 34 luxury boxes and 400 club seats on its first day of business. Writes Ed Willes, "That means it took its first bold step toward the construction of a new arena in Winnipeg. That means we might actually have an NHL team to call our own." MEC's goal for the end of November was 40 luxury suites and 1,000-1,500 club seats. They are 3/4 of the way there on luxury suites. Also at the kickoff, Winnipeg Mayor Susan Thompson said she was behind committing city tax dollars to the project. Thompson: "As far as my position, I think some tax money in an entertainment complex is a good investment for our city." Last night, the MEC "basically put the shovel in the ground for the new arena" (WINNIPEG SUN, 10/25).