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Nenshi hopes to strike arena deal with Flames in 2019

Last Updated Dec 27, 2018 at 8:56 am MDT

(Devon McKendrick - 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Mayor Naheed Nenshi hopes the Calgary Flames will join city council at the bargaining table to discuss a new arena deal. In his year-end interview with 660 and CityNews, Nenshi said both sides will have to have open their hearts and minds.

“Let’s bring the best minds in the world to bear on this question in a very open way, and let’s see if there is a deal there,” he said. “If there is a deal there that makes sense for Calgarians, I would be happy to champion that.”

The Flames and the City came to proverbial blows over the deal for a new arena in late 2017, but city council voted in favour of renewing negotiations earlier this year.

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“I think that there has been enough time passed that people can put their emotions in a drawer and just say ‘alright’,” he said. “It’s like when you fight with your sister, at some point you realize you’re stuck with her anyway, she’s still your sister.” “So, let’s figure out how to make this work,” he commented.

Flames President Ken King has expressed that he’s willing to come back to the table if negotiations are done out of the media spotlight. Two weeks ago, a proposal for an event centre in Victoria Park that would include an NHL rink, was presented to council, but there is no word on whether the Flames have committed any money towards it.