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Alberta premier happy to avoid debate on new hockey arena for NHL Flames

Last Updated Jul 23, 2019 at 4:42 pm MDT

(CREDIT: @JeffDavisonYYC, Twitter)

CALGARY – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he’s happy he’s not being dragged into the debate over a new arena for the NHL Calgary Flames.

The city, the Flames and the Calgary Stampede have agreed on terms for an event centre that would replace the 36-year-old Saddledome.

Calgary city council has yet to approve the tentative deal.

Calgarians have until Monday to offer feedback before council votes.

Kenney says the arena is not a provincial responsibility and he’s happy to stay out of talks.

The estimated cost of the proposed 19,000-seat venue is $550 million.