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Funds set aside for Colisee refurbishment

Mar 6, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

Colisee

Just in case an NHL franchise needs a new home next season, Quebec City has set aside $6.8 million to fix up the old Colisée. The former home of the Nordiques, opened way back in 1949, would then serve as a temporary facility while a new rink is being built.

Via the Globe and Mail:

The city is confident the renovation work, which would include fixing the dressing rooms, medical facilities and the building’s cooling infrastructure, could be completed over the summer. Plans for the new arena, originally budgeted to cost about $400 million, continue apace – although it’s not expected the new building will open its doors until the fall of 2015.

In a related story, the Phoenix Coyotes are still searching for a new owner.

  1. florida76 - Mar 6, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Quick question to anyone who knows: If Quebec were to obtain another team, or get a new one, is the Nordiques name still available? Would the Nordiques be the automatic choice for that area, or has another name been floated around?

    • crkreg - Mar 6, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      The NHL owns the rights to the name ‘Nordiques.’ If a team were to move back they would need to buy the naming rights from the league. The same process at the Jets just had to go though for their return.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:27 AM

        Or does the Avalanche own the logo and name? When Dallas moved from Minnesota, they kept all of that. That is the reason why the Wild are called the Wild and not North Stars. Minnesota tried to get it back, but Dallas refused. However the NHL owns the old N and star logo.

        The Jets got their name back because somehow Phoenix didn’t own the rights for some reason. If I’m not mistaken the NHL refuses to let them use their old logo, hince you got the air force looking logo.

  2. pdmjr - Mar 6, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    The Colisee open for NHL hockey would be great, I hope they get a team. I am sure the Nordiques name would be available for free.

  3. ruffridin - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Seattle would be better for the sport and for the league

  4. dbara43 - Mar 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Seattle will be No. 1 for the next team to move, I”m sure. It’s too big a market not get a team, most likely the Coyotes. The league needs more teams out west.

    Having said that, Quebec looks like a solid No. 2. They are making all the right moves and let’s be realistic, there are a lot more teams in financial trouble than just Phoenix. The attendance for Columbus and the Islanders are appaling, and most of the Southeast teams are bad too, so no doubt Quebec will get a team in teh next couple years. It’s not if, it’s when.

    db

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