The City of Edmonton is exploring the potential future use of the Coliseum building in relation to the overall redevelopment of the site.
The City of Edmonton has consulted with citizens and user groups and has explored partnerships with organizations to understand community needs and interests for the future of the building.
In May 2017, City Council directed that work on the transformation of this building be put on hold until the Northlands Business Plan is presented and the site lease is resolved. This will also allow additional time for the advancement of the Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP), which will build upon transit-oriented development plans in the area to establish a new vision for the entire site. Part of this planning work will be to confirm how the Coliseum could relate to the overall redevelopment. The City will also continue discussions with Hockey Canada and other local partners to inform decisions about the full potential for the facility and the site.
The City will advance work on high-level options and timelines for a scenario where the Coliseum is either repurposed or a new facility at the site is built with potential partners. The public will be able to provide input into these options as well as other potential redevelopment concepts as part of the ARP process.
Northlands manages the Coliseum, EXPO Centre, racetrack, and the rest of the site through a master agreement and site lease.
The City began investigating potential repurposing of the Coliseum in 2016. Over the years, City Council has considered and reviewed a number of options, including some elements of the Northlands Vision 2020 plan and partnerships with Hockey Canada and others, to transform the site into a hockey/sports centre of excellence.
The work is intended to ensure that the lands are used for the best interests of the City and its citizens in making Edmonton a stronger community in the future. It is common for organizations to undergo transformation when adapting to significant change in the environment.