Renewed calls for new arena for Calgary Flames

A visit to Calgary by NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman, has renewed calls for a new arena for the Calgary Flames.

The Saddledome is among the oldest facilities in the NHL, opening its doors in October 1983. It was renovated 20 years ago.

Calgary Flames President, Ken King says while they can’t provide details about the building project, they are making progress.

“We have added some dimensions to the project but we have been tight lipped about it because we want to follow a process, to put the information out to the public and part of that includes talking to the mayors and councillors.”

Mayor Naheed Nenshi has already said he doesn’t favour putting city money into the deal but those negotiations are said to be ongoing.

The west end of downtown by the Greyhound station is one of the many rumoured sites for the arena.

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Bettman pumped up the project during his visit to Calgary this week.

“It’s something the Flames are focused on and to the extent that I can be helpful and the league can be helpful, which we have done, in either situation we want to be.”

Edmonton has already started to build its new NHL arena but there is no firm date for the Calgary project.

The team says stay tuned, an announcement is coming soon.

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