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Edmonton Votes To Develop New Oilers Arena Design; Cuts Weighed For Current Model
Published July 18, 2012
TRIMMING THE FAT? ICON Venue Group President Tim Romani, whose company is serving as project manager for the arena, said that ICON is "looking at a variety of changes that will save money as they continue to fine-tune the arena design, something he called a normal part of the process." In Edmonton, Gordon Kent notes the changes "include using a stainless steel exterior instead of zinc, reducing restaurant space, removing the Oilers team offices and team store, shrinking dressing rooms and chopping underground parking to 200 stalls from 400." Although city council members voted "to continue developing the design, there were concerns about the lack of stores and restaurants to create activity at street level." Council member Tony Caterina voted "against carrying on with a plan he has supported." He suspects that the city council will "allow the price to rise above the current maximum, which is covered by [C]$125 million from taxes on downtown growth and other city money," C$100M from Oilers Owner Daryl Katz and a C$125M ticket tax. The city "hopes the province will provide" the remaining C$100M (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 7/18).