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The public consultation in 2010 sought input on:

  • The concept of a Downtown Arena and Entertainment facility 
  • The funding model for a Downtown Arena and Entertainment facility 
  • The impact of a Downtown Arena and Entertainment facility

Feedback was received through an online questionnaire, open houses, invited stakeholder sessions, and a statistically valid telephone survey.

Awareness/Importance:

  • Awareness of the discussion around a new arena is very high. 96% of respondents had heard of it.
  • 68% believe it will revitalize downtown

Overall support:

  • 59% support building an arena
  • Majority of people (67%) either agree or strongly agree that public money could be used as long as it does not raise property taxes or reallocate infrastructure funds

82% cited perceived benefits including (most mentions):

  • Economic benefits/more tax revenue (25%)
  • Downtown revitalization (17%)
  • Increased tourism (15%)

Funding:

  • 56% support a mix of public/private funding
  • User-pay models are the most popular funding options (76%)
  • 53% strongly or somewhat disagree with the CRL concept, while 41% strongly or somewhat support
  • People are strongly in favour of a public/private agreement on financial risks and benefits.

Assurances:

People want to see some assurances if the City is to invest in this project. Those include discussions on:

  • How the local community will be consulted
  • How financial risk will be shared
  • A location agreement for the Oilers
  • The plan for Rexall Place
  • Public investment into arena, but not retail

Specifics of telephone survey:

  • In the field from December 20 – 23, 2010.
  • 800 randomly selected adults in Edmonton.
  • Representative sample. Data weighted to reflect accurate gender balance.
  • Considered accurate to +/-3.5%, 19 times out of 20.

Questions?

Use our online feedback form to send in your question about the Downtown Arena and Entertainment District.

For More Information

Online Contact 311 Online
Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555
Email 311@edmonton.ca

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