City of Edmonton starts public consultation on proposed new downtown arena

EDMONTON – The City of Edmonton says it wants to hear from the public on a proposal to build a new downtown arena that would be used by the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.

The city says such a sports and entertainment complex could cost close to half a billion dollars.

If the arena goes ahead, the city says it would be built without raising property taxes or reallocating money pledged for other infrastructure projects.

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Residents are to fill out an online questionnaire that asks if such an arena should be built and whether people who would use it should pay a ticket surcharge to help with financing.

The city is to hold four public hearings next month on the arena question.

The consultation process ends on Nov. 17 and then city council will use the feedback when it makes its decision on the arena.