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Greater Toronto Area will get another NHL-caliber arena

Apr 27, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

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Markham, which is part of the Greater Toronto Area, plans to build an arena worthy of an NHL team. The city council voted 11-2 to borrow $162.5 million for the project. An additional $162.5 million will be provided by GTA Sports and Entertainment.

GTA Sports and Entertainment has already been in contact with the NHL, but deputy commissioner Bill Daly has warned them not to make assumptions. While there might be an appetite for a second GTA team, this won’t be as simple as: “If you build it, they will come.”

The NHL will likely be reluctant to locate a second team so close to the Maple Leafs and even within Canada, Markham is probably not the NHL’s first choice should a team needs to be relocated. Still, Toronto is a big and hockey-crazy market. It’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility that they’d be able to support two teams within driving distance of each other.

  1. comeonnowguys - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    So basically once Phoenix moves to Quebec, they’re next in line?

  2. chumthumper - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    It’s a good thing the headline did not say another NHL-caliber team, because that implies the Toronto area already has one of those.

  3. rca26 - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Ugh, I can see the incessant Stamkos-to-Markham trade rumors already.

  4. nhstateline - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Please explain how the Tri-State area can support 3 teams, SOCAL can support 2 and the biggest city in Canada, home to about 25% of the entire population of a hockey mad country, can only support one ? Doesn’t make any sense and based on the lack of available tickets and the all sold media rights, it isn’t like the Leafs would make less money with another team in the GTA. They might make more. Backward thinking like this is why the NHL has always struggled as a business.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      Completely agreed. Fifth largest city on the continent. They can put two teams in Florida, but not Ontario?

      • kingmiedus - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

        I think you might want to change that to Southern Ontario, given that, you know, Ottawa is also in Ontario and all.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

        Yeah. It’s what I meant, but I’ll own the “stupid Yank” thing.

      • habsman - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        It has a lot to do with territorial rights. The Leafs don’t want to give up their stranglehold in the Southern Ontario market without compensation. Thus making it difficult for expansion.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 27, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      Actually common sense would make sense that the Leafs would more money having a second GTA team. The fans of team X would be leaving the Leafs fan base. So add in tickets sold, jerseys sold, concessions lost, and others I’m sure I’m missing kinda adds up to a lot of $$$.

  5. buffalomafia - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    I thought Seattle was next? But Quebec makes more sense?

  6. lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    I’d love another team in T.O.! We can have a better idea of how folks can jump from one bandwagon to the other!

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