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Edmonton arena design: light, airy, open

{jathumbnail off} A future Edmonton Oilers (NHL) arena would feature a light and airy design, with plenty of places to grab a brew and watch a game, according to concept sketches released by ICON Venue Group. The renderings, presented to the Edmonton City Council this week, envision an arena with an open concourse, plenty of […]

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Could casino money fund Edmonton arena?

{jathumbnail off} There’s a $100-million funding gap in the current Edmonton Oilers (NHL) arena plan, and city officials say there’s a painless way to fill it: divert gambling revenues to the project. Earlier this week the Edmonton City Council passed a funding program for a $450-million downtown arena calling for $100 million from the team, […]

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Edmonton approves Oilers arena deal

By a surprisingly wide 10-3 margin, the Edmonton City Council voted to move forward on a plan for a new $450-million Edmonton Oilers (NHL) arena, directing city staff to work out an agreement with the team. The funding plan was slightly tweaked before it was approved this afternoon. The base agreement remained the same. The […]

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Edmonton poised to approve Oilers arena deal

The Edmonton City Council could pass a proposed Edmonton Oilers (NHL) downtown arena deal this morning after hearing final testimony on the issue yesterday. The testimony split along familiar lines: local businesses saying investment in the downtown core would be beneficial to all, with some citizens opposed to any public spending on a sporting facility. […]

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Edmonton approves arena funding plan

{jathumbnail off} The Edmonton City Council approved a $450-million arena funding plan largely along the lines of what Mayor Stephen Mandel had proposed a day before, with the city’s contribution capped at $125 million and another $125 million coming from a controversial ticket tax. The funding formula: $100 million from The Katz Group, owners of […]

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Edmonton mayor lays out arena funding plan

{jathumbnail off} Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel laid out an arena funding plan in his annual State of the City address, but the formula already faces opposition from Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz, who is against a ticket tax. Mandel argues that the Oilers are in danger of leaving if a downtown replacement for Rexall Place […]

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City: New Edmonton arena would revitalize downtown

{jathumbnail off}A new downtown arena would revitalize downtown Edmonton, say city officials, who say most city residents approve of a new Edmonton Oilers (NHL) arena — the issue is to what extent the city will pay for it and by what means. Yesterday the mayor released answers to 140 questions about the arena, submitted by […]

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