Friday, February 23, 2007

Edmonton - the next new NHL arena?

The New Jersey Devils' new Prudential Center is set to open this fall, and all eyes are on Pittsburgh and what will become of the franchise's fate as they grapple with a replacement for Mellon Arena. But it is Edmonton that might be the next NHL affiliate to unveil plans for a new building.

A couple days ago a consultant's report was released indicating that A renovation of the 33 year old Rexall Place would cost between $225-$250 million.

But a day after the release of that report, Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel said he wants a bold new arena to be built downtown, as reported in this article in the Edmonton Journal. And today, the Edmonton Journal also reports that the Edmonton Northlands Corporation wants to be involved in the process.

Our USRT visit to Edmonton in 2001 was an extraordinary one - it was the site of our first radio interview ever, which we did as part of the Oilers' post game show. The Oilers front office gave us a warm greeting during our stay, and we really enjoyed the entire Alberta experience. Is a return visit to Edmonton and Calgary in the cards for us? Let's hope!

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