A Toronto-based consultant is studying whether a replacement is needed for Peterborough Memorial Centre, home of the Peterborough Petes (OHL).
The discussion unfolding in Peterborough concerns the future of Peterborough Memorial Centre, and whether it is feasible to replace it with a new arena. Sierra Planning and Management was hired by the city in December to study the feasibility of a replacement, and delivered an update to councillors on Monday.
At this point, a final report from the firm is expected to presented to the city by May 18. However, the firm is expected to deliver an opinion on whether a replacement arena is needed at a March 26 meeting, according to Sierra Planning and Management director Jon Hack. More from The Peterborough Examiner:
If so, he said the firm must also weigh in on what type of facility the city needs: will it be a single-pad arena or a twin-pad, for example?
“Is it a building of 3,000 seats, or a building of 13,000 seats?” he asked. “And is it a building nestled downtown?”
Hack also said the consultant must look at how “invested” the city is in sports and entertainment – not only now, but into the future.
“Our lens is not 2018 – it should be 2028, or 2038,” he said.
Peterborough Memorial Centre originally opened in 1956.