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Oilers' Ownership Asks City Of Edmonton For Additional Arena Project Funding
Published September 13, 2012
ICY RELATIONS? Mandel, as to his feelings on whether the downtown arena project would proceed as planned, said, "Optimistic might not be the best word. Frustrated might be a better word. But I’m optimistic in the sense (we can) get back together and see how we can make this work.” He added that the request from the Katz Group "did not come with an ultimatum." However, Katz Group Chair Daryl Katz has said that the team "won’t play indefinitely at their current home of Rexall Place" (CP, 9/12). In Edmonton, Paula Simons writes, "No more concessions for Daryl Katz and the Oilers." The City Council was "united in their new-found resolve." Council members "still won't say" exactly what the Katz Group requested. Simons: "I think the Katz Group simply doesn't grasp the way municipal politics works -- that the mayor, however much he supports the arena, needs public and council consensus for major public infrastructure" (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 9/13).