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WINNIPEG WAITS, DEBATES ON NEW ARENA SITE DECISION
Published January 30, 1995
Manitoba Entertainment Complex (MEC), the business group trying to build a new arena in Winnipeg for the Jets, must convince the Winnipeg City Council to approve a proposal in principle to donate the land for such a facility before a vote tomorrow. According to Friday's WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, the MEC has only four of the nine yes votes needed, six council members oppose the idea, and six were undecided. The MEC has promised $110M in private funding (Stevens Wild, WINNIPEG FREE-PRESS, 1/27). Winnipeg Deputy Mayor George Fraser says opposition to a new arena could leave renovation of Winnipeg Arena as the city's only option (Nick Martin, WINNIPEG FREE-PRESS, 1/27). MEC board member Bob Silver says major league sports is "interwoven into the fabric" of Winnipeg: "What we are talking about is not the future of sport but future of our city" (Glen Dawkins, WINNIPEG SUN, 1/27). Sink, Combs and Delthlefs, the same firm that designed the San Jose Arena, is in charge of designs for the prospective arena in Winnipeg (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/29).