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Flames Moving Forward With Plans To Build New Calgary Arena

Flames Have Been In Touch With Several
Architectural, Construction Firms In Calgary
The Flames are "moving forward with plans to build a new home away from the Pengrowth Saddledome," according to a front-page piece by Kristen Odland of the CALGARY HERALD. Flames President & CEO Ken King yesterday said that the team "wants to break ground on a new arena 'as soon as we can,'" though there is "no firm deadline" in place. King: "We have had several architectural looks created for our new building. We have been in contact and consultation with several major architectural and construction firms in Calgary." King added RFPs "will be going out in the next three or four months." King: "We have had informal discussions, and I want to stress, informal discussions at all government levels." The Flames' lease at the Saddledome expires in '14, but King said that it "can be extended on a short-term basis depending how quickly the arena is built." King, who is "working with a rough target of three to five years to complete the project," said, "It would be difficult to imagine, if you dropped the flag today, that you could do it in much more than 36 months. And we're not dropping the flag today." The Flames have "identified two potential sites," and "at least one is on the Stampede grounds." King added, "There's much, much more work to be done." Odland notes the announcement follows news that the Oilers have "agreements to purchase land on two sites as possible locations for a new downtown arena to replace Rexall Place" (CALGARY HERALD, 9/3).

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