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Markham’s step closer to having an NHL-worthy arena

Aug 8, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT


The City of Markham, which is located within the Greater Toronto Area, is moving forward with it’s plan to build an NHL-worthy arena.

As the Toronto Star reported, chairman and CEO of GTA Sports and Entertainment, Graeme Roustan, has submitted plans for the 20,000-seat arena.

“This is one of many steps that has to take place, but it’s an important step,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “When you submit your site plan application, it indicates from the private sector side that you are serious about the project and want it to proceed.”

Scarpitti promised to make the review of the application “priority number one for us here in Markham.”

The Mayor isn’t sure if construction will be able to start by this fall, but he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of it starting this year.

As we previously reported, Markham council has already approved of a public-private financing plan for the arena. However, as the Star pointed out, there’s still work to be done regarding the financial framework, among other issues.

Perhaps this will ultimately prove to be the first step towards Toronto getting a second NHL team, but obviously nothing is certain in that regard. Just because Markham is interested in building an NHL arena, doesn’t necessarily mean that an NHL team will someday call it home.

  1. dannymac17 - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Why would Toronto need a second team who can’t win?

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 8, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      This one might care about building a good franchise and product on the ice rather than the other one with ridiculous prices and a window that closed back when Dougie, Wendell and Felix carried the team.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    I have no clue dude

  3. cosmoandmelovepens - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    All the hockey is going back to Canada. WTF

    • wayoffpiste - Aug 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      Yes, because it is proven that teams with a hockey market can better support a team. Prime example: Minnesota. Haven’t been the best team yet, but we have always sold a ton of jerseys, sell out our awesome arena, and we have great fans through thick and all too often thin. I would love to see all of the teams below the Mason Dixon Line move back up north where hockey is king. Hockey needs unconditional fans, not bandwagon fans.

      Real simple: no NHL franchises where you cannot sustain outdoor ice.

  4. vincentbojackson - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    The new team’s name? The Rakes. A fallen maple leaf’s greatest foe.

  5. drewsylvania - Aug 9, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    This needs to work just so we can call the place the Markham Asylum.

    • comeonnowguys - Aug 9, 2012 at 8:42 AM

      7:40 and we already have the comment of the day.

  6. comeonnowguys - Aug 9, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Coyotes to Quebec, so is this for the …Islanders?

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 9, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      Maybe even expansion, who knows? If more teams relocate to better hockey markets, it would certainly ease the pressure on increasing revenue sharing. I’m sure the BoG would be ok with this.

    • sjshark714 - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      My guess is it’d be a tough sell to convince the Islanders, known to everyone who aren’t AVID hockey fans as ‘that other hockey team in NYC’ to move to Canada where they can be ‘that other hockey team in Toronto’.

  7. dayno66 - Aug 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Just seems so dumb. Why cause problems for the leafs by putting another team on their turf? There have to be other Canadian cities willing to build an arena. Quebec for starters…

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      Money, brah. The big boys don’t want to keep sharing revenue to the teams that are hemorrhaging dough, and I really believe we’ll see a push for some of these southern teams to move to greener pastures. Quebec, Hamilton, T.O., Seattle, once these places get NHL calibre arenas, they’ll start getting stronger consideration. Quebec would be the first in line because they still have Le Colisee that they could play in while they build a new barn.

  8. dayno66 - Aug 9, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    I’m all for Canada (Seattle seems like it should be in Canada) getting more teams. I just think it be wise to get all of those other cities a team before Toronto gets a second. You know lawsuits and nonsense would pop up if another team cut in on the leafs territory.

    • sjshark714 - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      But the greater Toronto area has almost twice the population of even Seattle, and damn near everyone there are hockey fans. This would be the perfect time for a Markham team because the Leafs are not inspiring confidence, and I bet there are some fans who would willingly jump ship for the chance to support a new team. And if it happens to be the coyotes, a team that probably has a better shot at winning than the leafs do.

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