New arena: nothing to do with Heatley


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.

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    Damn it I watched a homeless guy drink a bottle of bleach in front of that place. I guess he'll have to do it in front of Gretz's statue. They going to move Wayne Gretzky Drive?

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    @ Milli:
    Presser is on oilers site.

    Heatley is the guy we want. Who cares about his attitude, I was leaning towards not wanting him also, but then I saw Yzerman on OTR. Simply put (paraphrased) he said "The guy and play hockey, and that is all I care about"

    After that if he is good enough for Steve Y he is good enough for me.

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    This song just came on my MP3 player which was on random, i think its a sign. It must be played at RX1(2?) next time he's in town:
    Definitely the funnest band I've ever seen live.

    A new arena would be so amazing. Especially if they do it right and make it a good place to hang around even when games aren't on. It sucks that RX1 is a ghost town all summer and between games.

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    Nice I'm stoked and don't even live in edmonton. I hope Mandel (or whoever is mayor now) he spends all of the civic tax money on it. All of it. Then increases taxes 2 fold because Katz wanted it made from gold.

    I will then get my season tickets the year after and move home to love my brand new super arena.

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    I'm still a dany heatley proponent and don't see how you guys are not. Other than the leak of the names, there is nothing wrong with how the heatley camp is acting.

    What happens if Heatley comes out and says "I wanted to make a decision and wasn't given the opportunity to. Simply put I had to think about it. I did and I now want to be an Edmonton Oiler. GOILERS!!!!"

    He then continues on to score 40 goals, work hard, and be ok with the media, and everyone will be clinching his balls again.

    Me = doubletime.

    If he says its a go and acts ok about it, no one will remember Heatleygate.

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    @ Robin Brownlee:

    I hope you're right. I think Tambellini positioned himself rather nicely at this aft's presser. Leaving the ball in the court of Heatley/Murray makes Tambo look like he made the reasonable offer, and the Sens/H-bomb can go get stuffed.