Sunday, January 7, 2007

blither blather

I didn't notice it right away, but CinO frequenter Colby Cosh has written an editorial in the National Post about Edmonton's seemingly inevitable new hockey arena. Turns out he's not against it per se, despite EIG's not-so-subtle maneuverings.

If the city pays a dime for this reportedly billion dollar facility, I'm pretty much against it. Seeing how the City of Edmonton can barely fill a pot hole (or extend an LRT station) with the money they get from property taxes, the province/Feds would have to pretty much fund the whole thing anyway. I'm sure three thousand extra seats and some luxury boxes will make the Oilers more money, but I'm still unsure of what benefit this is to the city, especially with all of this trickle-down talk of a "revitalized" downtown that's mostly hooey.

Then again, maybe I'm grumpy.

Or... hungry?

Also: big congratulations to CinO's Man Hunk of Jetrosexuality, Chris!, for making it past the First Round in Hot Oil's Oilogosphere Blogger Hot Off (trying saying that real fast). Rumour has it that each First Round winner gets a beautiful sash made of women's squees. You did us proud, sir.

14 comments:

Lord Bob said...

Billion-dollar facility? I know Mayor Mandel mentioned the possibility of an arena as part of a billion-dollar revitalisation project, but I don't think anybody's ever said the arena itself would cost a billion dollars. That would probably be the most expensive hockey arena ever built by about a factor of four.

Epinonymous said...

Windows? Ice? Huh?

mike w said...
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mike w said...

Billion dollar facility: Mandel was the one talking up a hotel, office buildings and an arena. The arena would be around $300-$400 million.

Lord Bob said...

Billion dollar facility: Mandel was the one talking up a hotel, office buildings and an arena. The arena would be around $300-$400 million.

Well, that's not so bad, then. The hotel would no doubt do pretty good business!

sacamano said...

Are these the same billions that Belfour was talking about?

I'd welcome a hotel in the arena. I hate it when I get loaded on the overpriced Molson and then have to freeze my nuts off to cross the street to that dive with the strip joint in the basement.

Anonymous said...

On a totally unrelated note, according to Murray Greig in the Sun, Dave Semenko is the best fighter in the modern era of hockey, better than Bob Probert, Dave Brown, Nick Fotiu, Behn Wilson et al. And he ranked Mark Messier higher than Joey Kocur. Bit of a homer job there.

Art Vandelay said...

If city hall contributes as much as a dollar to an Oiler arena I'm mailing my municipal taxes directly to Mayor Howie "The Weasel" Mandel wrapped in a big brown coiler

Anonymous said...

This would be an interesting project, but I am surprised no one has looked at the issue of traffic congestion. I know this may seem to be a minor thing and far down the line, because it has to be built, but does everyone love 23 AVE & Calgary Trail/Gateway -because this was skipped on the initial building of South Common Shopping Centre? I think this could match everyones grips about the traffic tie ups. Yes the LRT runs by this location (new arena), but the surrounding streets are not Wayne Gretzky Drive/ Capilano & 118 AVE. The back side streets lead to no where.

Has anyone sat through rush hour on 104 / 103 AVE. The traffic is lined up for blocks.

Just a thought to add to the potential of enormous amounts of the city's money being spent on the building and the roads forgotten.

Jordi said...

That's a pretty unhygenic sash - and I don't think there's a guarantee that all the squees come from women.

Lord Bob said...

A squee is a squee.

Anonymous said...

Edmonton needs a new arena.

Parking will be biatch, anywhere. Check out current arena and the gypsy economy of parking spots, etc.

Meth dealers on the streets, really?

Probert was a total psycho, Semenko was too but not like Bob. Those columns are just to induce beer sales anyway, the only real way to get a conclusive result would be to produce clones of the various candidates in their prime then have a pay per view spectacular. Modern science, why don't you ever help us with something useful?

Squee-Duke

Randy in the med hizzo said...

C'mon. No one in Edmonton has a Billion dollars... except... gasp... Bill Comrie!!!
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Fish Griwkowsky said...

What I don't fucking understand is this party-line idea a new Coliseum will somehow revitilize downtown. Just like it revitalized its current shithole neighbourhood for the last few decades? The things people believe.

The only people likely to benefit are those window-hork-cleaners on Whyte if we happen to manage to make the playoffs those years. If the rink's downtown, we can all gather in front of pyramidal city hall and make sacrifices to Ra.