I have some news that — blessedly — has nothing to do with Dany “WaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAH” Heatley. One of the members of my crack team of visual designers at the day-job was just sent this fabulous little gem about the Oil probably getting a new arena.
Note that this is still JUST RUMOUR. But it’s compelling and sexy nonetheless. Directly quoting the e-mail we received:
Plan will unfold
The downtown Baccarat Casino land (on 104 Avenue between 101 Street and 104 Street), should soon be officially announced as the new hockey arena site and “precinct.”
The great man himself, Oilers and Rexall owner Darryl Katz, is expected to make the announcement and offer a few more tantalizing details, probably after the Rexall Edmonton Indy.
All makes sense. The 11.5 acres of casino land was one of the top locations in the city-commissioned downtown arena feasibility study. It has LRT access and a central downtown location, plus more available “brown-field” land to the north and to the east, behind the under-construction EPCOR Tower of Power.
The flag was raised when the local WAM (Western Asset Management) development company purchased the land from Gateway Casinos, with Gateway retaining the right to operate a new casino on the land.