The Ottawa Senators will soon be sold—potentially for a record price of over $900MM—and new owners will have a long list of things to accomplish. Near the top of that list should be a new arena development closer to the downtown core, something that previous owner Eugene Melnyk tried to secure for years.
It’s not just new owners involved in the plan, though. In October, Ottawa elected a new mayor, Mark Sutcliffe, who will now be at the table with the Senators on any arena plans. Yesterday, he explained at a press conference that “everything is on the table” regarding a new rink, declining to rule out public funding, despite acknowledging the city’s “tight budget.”
Today, on TSN radio in Ottawa, Sutcliffe was talking again, explaining that it isn’t just LeBreton Flats that is an option at this point. An entirely new location or even re-development of the current Canadian Tire Centre, will be considered, much to the frustration of Senators fans that have longed for a resolution.
The current arena is well outside the city and difficult to reach with public transit. With the team finally showing enough young talent to compete again, and new, deep-pocketed owners soon taking the reins, a new building seems like an inevitability.
That has been the story for years, though, so today’s comments from Sutcliffe about alternate locations outside downtown likely won’t go over well in the Ottawa area.
Just say “NO!” to taxpayer stadiums, Sens fans.
The current arena is not “well outside the city”. It’s within the city limits – well within, actually.