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CALGARY, SADDLE ON UP TO THE CANADIAN AIRLINES SADDLEDOME!
Published July 19, 1995
Canadian Airlines has tentatively agreed to pay C$20M for a 20-year deal to rename the Olympic Saddledome in Calgary as the Canadian Airlines Saddledome. The deal, which still must be approved by Calgary's City Council, "is expected to get a rocky ride" from the Council when it votes on Monday, according to this morning's CALGARY HERALD. Nine of the city's 15 council members did not attend a meeting yesterday with the Flames to discuss the deal, "some because they were upset with the hockey team's offer." The team, which operates the Saddledome, will reportedly contribute C$75,000 annually to amateur sports in Calgary in exchange for the name change. If the motion is not approved Monday, it can be revived, but not until the next council meeting in September. Canadian Senior VP/Marketing and Sales Terry Francis says surveys show that most Calgarians currently refer to the building as the Saddledome -- without "Olympic" (Helen Dolik, CALGARY HERALD, 7/19).