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Alberta premier says province won’t fund new arena…though it still sort of could

May 18, 2012, 11:52 AM EDT

Edmonton Arena design

Wednesday we showed you a virtual tour of Edmonton’s proposed downtown arena that, if built, would become the new home of the Oilers.

Yesterday, however, Alberta premier Alison Redford reiterated her government’s position that it wouldn’t be providing the $100 million that’s been requested to cover part of the $450 million project.

“Our perspective on that hasn’t changed, nor will it,” she said. “We’ve been very clear with respect to our position.”

But not to worry, Oilers fans – Redford says the city can always tap its annual Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant.

According to this, Edmonton’s MSI allocation for 2012 is $167 million.

So some potholes don’t get filled. And maybe a bridge falls down. You want the Oilers to stay or not, Edmonton?

  1. namriverrat69 - May 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Your plan might be a little bit better if it wasn’t written with crayons on an etcha sketch.

  2. greatminnesotasportsmind - May 18, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    I hear Lester Bagley, stadium guru for the Minnesota Vikings has nothing to do these days. Give him a call…

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - May 18, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    This will be the best way for the province to fund the new arenas that will be required in both Calgary and Edmonton without directly giving the money to the owners. Redford was just re-elected a few weeks ago but she’s considered a tax and spend politician and has even discussed bringing in a sales tax to the province…which won’t go well, so there will be a lot of angry people if she just gives money to the teams.

    The Alberta Sustainability Initiative isn’t used for potholes and such instead it’s used for big infrastructure projects like LRT expansion, rec centers and that sort of thing, I doubt either city will just give their teams that money, especially if they’re already throwing in money to the project.

    In Calgary the new arena will also have another dynamic (and source of money to build it) it’s likely the new arena will be built in cooperation with the Calgary Stampede and be built on the Stampede grounds which is where both the Corral and Saddledome are.

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