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City asks public what it wants in Calgary's new arena

Last Updated Jan 29, 2020 at 5:20 pm MST

(CREDIT: @JeffDavisonYYC, Twitter)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The City of Calgary is asking what you would like to see in the new $500-million arena being built to replace the Saddledome.

The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) has launched the public consultation phase to get a better grasp of what the people want.

“Why do people come down to the game, why do people come down to this area, what would make for great food and beverage options, what kind of retail are they seeing in other markets and (would like to see) here,” said CMLC president Kate Thompson.

“I think it’s as much about how the building relates to the streets and the event space as it is to what’s happening on the inside.”

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If you want your voice heard, you can head over to the corporation website and fill out the survey until Mar. 27.

If you prefer the in-person experience, sessions are scheduled to begin in February in every ward in Calgary.

“If you can do the online survey, fantastic, and if you also can come in and talk to us at various events, if it’s in your ward and easier to do so. We’re trying to make it easy for Calgarians to access the engagement and give us their thoughts.”

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Thompson expects the project will be a boon for the city.

“Beyond bringing the city a world-class venue for events of all types and sizes, this project will also add wonderfully and inviting public gathering spaces to our community that will be available to everybody, 365 days a year. This catalyzing project will have a significant, positive impact on the whole district, energizing and revitalizing a truly special part of Calgary.”

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The CMLC has also started recruiting the team that will be responsible for the overall project development including a prime design consultant, as well as a construction manager among others.