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05-14-2013, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by TrevorK View Post
You can't really compare the province/city funding Commonwealth stadium to the new hockey arena. Commonwealth stadium was built to host the commonwealth games and is owned/operated by the city of edmonton.
Whereas the arena will be built for the sole purpose of professional sports and the revenue stream will be held by a private individual.
Big differences.
The present arena was partially funded by the provincial govt. The new football stadium in Saskatchewan as well.

It isnt built for the sole purpose of professional sports. There will be other tenants/users such as the Oil Kings, the Rush (potentially) as well as concerts and events such as Cirque du soleil, etc.

The province should be chipping in for this, but they wont because they couldnt manage their own affairs properly and now have to make big cuts to essential services. There is also the odor left by Katz' boneheaded illegal campaign contributions.

Despite the poor optics, they should contribute anyway.

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